Later... with Jools Holland

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Later... with Jools Holland
Later... with Jools Holland Logo.png
Created byBBC
StarringJools Holland and various
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series58
No. of episodes394 (list of episodes)
Production locationsBBC Television Centre (1992–2012, 2019–)
The Maidstone Studios (2013–2018)
Running time60 minutes (pre-recorded version, 1992–2018; Even Later, 2019–)
30 minutes (live version, 2008–2018; pre-recorded version, 2019–)
Production companiesBBC Studios
BBC Music
Original networkBBC Two
Picture formatPAL
HDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release8 October 1992 (1992-10-08) –
Related showsJools' Annual Hootenanny (1993–present)
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Later... with Jools Holland (also known as Even Later... with Jools Holland, and previously known as Later Live... with Jools Holland and ...Later with Jools Holland) is a contemporary British music television show hosted by Jools Holland. A spin-off of The Late Show, it has been running in short series since 1992 and is a part of BBC Two's late-night line-up, usually at around 11 pm to 12 midnight. The day of transmission has varied, but currently it is usually recorded on a Tuesday for Saturday broadcast[1] and features a mixture of both established and new musical artists, from solo performers to bands and larger ensembles.

The show is considered an institution, having notched up millions of fans around the world.[2] It is currently broadcast in America on MTV Live (formerly known as Palladia); previously it had been shown on Ovation, BBC America, Fuse, and Dave. The Ovation and Fuse broadcasts leave out several performances (and usually one or two performers entirely) to air commercials within a one-hour timeslot. It is also shown in Australia on the UKTV channel and ABC2, in Canada on HIFI and AUX TV, in Germany on ZDFkultur, in Spain on Canal+ Xtra, in Croatia on HRT 2, in Latin America on Film&Arts and in Belgium, France, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates on iConcerts HD, and in Ireland on TG4.

The 200th programme was broadcast on 1 February 2008.[3] The 250th edition was broadcast in September 2010.

Programme format[edit]

Later... draws from a diverse palette of both popular and world music, and each show features around five bands with a variety of styles performing for each other and a studio audience of around 300 people. Jools Holland introduces the show and interviews one or more of the performers. A unique feature is the short jam session that begins each show, involving all of his invited guests, along with Holland on piano. This beginning jam session also best shows the unusual layout of the set – all the bands are arrayed in a circle with the audience filling in the gaps between them. Holland often also accompanies his guests' performances, with mixed results – Mark E. Smith of the Fall insisted that he would only appear on the show if Holland would promise not to play piano over any of his songs.[4] Over time, these jam sessions have changed - the end of the hour-long show ends with a jam session now - and Jools accompanies relatively few artists in comparison to earlier seasons.

On 1 April 2008, a new format was debuted, featuring a 30-minute, fully live show broadcast on a Tuesday, Later Live... with Jools Holland, followed by the original hour-long pre-recorded show, Later... with Jools Holland, typically broadcast on a Friday. The Friday show features the performances recorded on a Tuesday as well as others recorded during the session for the live show. The HD hour-long broadcasts use Dolby Digital 5.1, which adds to the overall ambience of the studio environment. For Series 51, the hour-long show was moved to Saturday nights, seemingly to accommodate the new BBC One show, Sounds Like Friday Night.

After the 2012 closure of BBC Television Centre for redevelopment, production from April 2013 moved to Studio 1 at The Maidstone Studios, close to Holland's home in Cooling, Kent.[5]

2018 tendering process[edit]

Later... and Jools' Annual Hootenanny were opened up to tender in 2018, with the contract to produce the show being retained by BBC Studios.[6] A number of changes were made to the show's format, with the 60-minute show having a more relaxed feel, including "bespoke films and backstage interviews". Each 60-minute programme also saw Holland joined by a special guest to co-host. The October 2019 series of the programme saw it return to Television Centre, where it was filmed until 2012. It is filmed in TC1, the largest studio on the site.[7]

As of Series 54 both editions are pre-recorded: the 30 minute edition airs Thursday night, with the 60 minute Even Later edition airing Friday night.[8]

In 2020, the format was changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Holland introducing guests via videolink from his home studio.[9]

Special editions[edit]

Occasional special editions of the show showcase a major artist under the Later... banner, with the Later presents... title. Artists featured in these shows have included Alice in Chains in 1992, Paul Weller and Metallica in 1996, R.E.M. and the Verve in 1998, Oasis in 2000, Radiohead in 2001 and 2007, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2007. The bands in question play for the duration of the hour-long show. Despite the different name, the show is still introduced by Jools Holland and takes place in a similarly set-up studio.

The special episode featuring M People in 1998 was later released on video and DVD under the title One Night in Heaven. Also, a selection of the songs from the programme have been released on the limited edition of The Best of M People album and as a b-side to the single "Dreaming".

Special editions broadcast on New Year's Eve each year are referred to as Jools Holland's Hootenanny and are pre-recorded, typically in early December.[3] In 2003 a 'Spring Hootenanny' was broadcast, which proved to be a one-off.

In 2017, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show, a Later 25[10] show was held at London's Royal Albert Hall - it was recorded on 21 September 2017 and broadcast two days later on the 23rd. The setup was roughly similar, with bands located around the arena of the Hall with some artists also on the stage. The 2 hour long show featured 10 artists.

Repeated excerpts from the show were broadcast under the title A Little Later as fill-in programmes on BBC HD.


In 2008, the head rock and pop critic of The Guardian, Alexis Petridis, claimed the programme featured a "distinct lack of spontaneity" and was failing to showcase enough dance music, pop, hip-hop, experimental music or present R&B artists. He also argued "all the artists it breaks are essentially the same: MOR singer-songwriters".[11]

In 2010, Joe Elliott, lead singer of rock band Def Leppard, criticised the programme for excluding the band from appearing on it, claiming "Jools Holland won't have us on his show because we're not cool enough."[12]


In 2000, the series was ranked at number 81 in the British Film Institute's list of the "BFI TV 100", listing the top 100 British television programmes of the 20th century.


Numerous albums containing performances from the show have been released over the course of the show's run.

  • 1996 ...Later Volume One: Brit Beat
  • 1996 ...Later with Jools Holland Volume Two: Slow Beats
  • 2008 Later... with Jools Holland The First 15 Years
  • 2008 Later... with Jools Holland Live
  • 2009 Later... with Jools Holland Live 2

Music DVDs have also been released, listed below:

  • 2003 Later... with Jools Holland Hootenanny
  • 2003 Later... with Jools Holland Giants
  • 2003 Later... with Jools Holland Louder
  • 2005 Later... with Jools Holland Even Louder
  • 2005 Later with Jools Holland: World
  • 2006 Later... with Jools Holland Mellow
  • 2006 Best of Later... with Jools Holland
  • 2008 Later... with Jools Holland The First 15 Years
  • Two DVDs subtitled Cool Britannia



  1. ^ Sherwin, Adam (17 March 2008). "Sooner rather than Later, BBC will risk Jools stars going live". The Times. London. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  2. ^ Traynor, Cian. "Backstage with the ringmaster". The Irish Times. 29 April 2011. Archived 23 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (1 February 2008). "Later... With Jools Holland is 200 episodes old". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  4. ^ Green, Graeme. "Mark E Smith". Metro. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Jools Holland switches TV show to Maidstone". Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ "BBC Studios to Continue Producing Later with Jools Holland". News on News. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Later…with Jools Holland returns to BBC Studioworks' Television Centre studio facility". BBC Studioworks. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  8. ^ Carpani, Jessica (8 October 2019). "Jools Holland resists BBC efforts to sideline him as he insists his "co-hosts" will not "present" the show". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Later...with Jools Holland returns in lockdown with Christine and the Queens". 8 May 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Later 25". BBC Two. BBC. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. ^ Petridis, Alexis (1 February 2008). "Later... With Jools Holland is 200 episodes old". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Joe Elliot: Def Leppard don't get enough respect". Metro. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2013.

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