Live at the Apollo (TV series)

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Not to be confused with Showtime at the Apollo.
Live at the Apollo
Genre Live comedy
Presented by Jack Dee (2004–07, 2013)
Guest hosts (2007—)
Narrated by Patrick Allen
Peter Dickson
Opening theme BBC: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 11
No. of episodes 69
Executive producer(s) Addison Cresswell, Andrew Beint and Joe Norris
Producer(s) Alex Hardcastle, Anthony Caveney
Running time 30–45 minutes
Original network BBC One (2004–15)
BBC Two (2015—)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 6 September 2004 (2004-09-06) – present
Related shows Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
External links

Live at the Apollo (formerly titled Jack Dee Live at the Apollo) is a British stand-up comedy programme performed from the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in west London.

Jack Dee hosted the first two series and the opening show of the third series, performing a short segment before introducing a guest comedian. Until 2015, all episodes were broadcast on BBC One. The show moved to BBC Two in November 2015. The programme was renamed for its third series which was filmed over three evenings in October 2007. The format was changed to suit with one of the night's performers assuming hosting duties.[1]

A fourth series began transmission on 28 November 2008. It showcased a variety of the newer stand-up comedians and was rescheduled from Monday nights to Friday nights to replace Friday Night with Jonathan Ross after Ross's suspension in the wake of the Sachsgate row.[2] After hosting the first episode, Michael McIntyre got his own show of a similar format; Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow was broadcast for a series of six episodes in 2009.[3]

A fifth series aired in late 2009 and early 2010,[4] the recordings of which took place in October 2009. This series was initially broadcast as edited 30 minute episodes, but the full length (45 minute) versions were then shown in May, June and July 2010.

A sixth series of Live at the Apollo began airing in late November 2010, with new episodes being recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo during September and October 2010. The episodes are 30 minutes in length but may be extended once they reach the repeat channels such as Dave and Comedy Central.

The first four series were often repeated on digital channel Dave, they are now shown on Comedy Central. The theme tune used on the BBC broadcasts (Jet – "Are You Gonna Be My Girl") has been replaced with another instrumental piece for the digital repeats. The instrumental track is called 'Monster Funk' and is from the KPM Production Music Library. It had previously been used for the end titles of 'Live At The Apollo' but is used on the opening and closing titles for digital repeats and DVD issues.

Episode list[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 6 6 September 2004 (2004-09-06) 11 October 2004 (2004-10-11)
2 6 12 September 2005 (2005-09-12) 17 October 2005 (2005-10-17)
3 6 12 November 2007 (2007-11-12) 17 December 2007 (2007-12-17)
4 6 28 November 2008 (2008-11-28) 16 January 2009 (2009-01-16)
5 6 4 December 2009 (2009-12-04) 1 January 2010 (2010-01-01)
6 6 25 November 2010 (2010-11-25) 1 January 2011 (2011-01-01)
7 8 4 November 2011 (2011-11-04) 21 January 2012 (2012-01-21)
8 6 17 November 2012 (2012-11-17) 4 January 2013 (2013-01-04)
9 6 22 November 2013 (2013-11-22) 15 January 2014 (2014-01-15)
10 6 19 November 2014 (2014-11-19) 2 January 2015 (2015-01-02)
11 7 9 November 2015 (2015-11-09) 20 December 2015 (2015-12-20)

Series 1 (2004)[edit]

No. Comedian First broadcast
1x01 Joan Rivers 6 September 2004
1x02 Ardal O'Hanlon 13 September 2004
1x03 Jo Brand 20 September 2004
1x04 Ross Noble 27 September 2004
1x05 Omid Djalili 4 October 2004
1x06 No guest 11 October 2004

Series 2 (2005)[edit]

No. Comedian(s) First broadcast
2x01 Lee Mack 12 September 2005
2x02 Dara Ó Briain 19 September 2005
2x03 No guest 26 September 2005
2x04 Rob Brydon (in character as Keith Barret) 3 October 2005
2x05 Marcus Brigstocke and Rich Hall 10 October 2005
2x06 Julian Clary 17 October 2005

Series 3 (2007)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
3x01 Jack Dee Jason Manford and Russell Howard 12 November 2007
3x02 Jimmy Carr Alan Carr 19 November 2007
3x03 Jo Brand Michael McIntyre 26 November 2007
3x04 Lee Mack Sean Lock 3 December 2007
3x05 Joan Rivers Patrick Kielty 10 December 2007
3x06 Dara Ó Briain Stephen K. Amos and Frankie Boyle 17 December 2007

Series 4 (2008–09)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
4x01 Michael McIntyre Rich Hall and Rhod Gilbert 28 November 2008
4x02 Al Murray (in character as The Pub Landlord) Shappi Khorsandi and Russell Kane 5 December 2008
4x03 Sean Lock Jason Manford 12 December 2008
4x04 Dara Ó Briain Frankie Boyle 19 December 2008
4x05 Lenny Henry Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne 9 January 2009
4x06 Russell Howard Jo Brand 17 January 2009

Series 5 (2009–10)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
5x01 Jason Manford Michael McIntyre 4 December 2009 (2009-12-04)
5x02 Rob Brydon Sarah Millican and Jason Byrne 11 December 2009 (2009-12-11)
5x03 Al Murray (in character as The Pub Landlord) Chris Addison and Tim Vine 18 December 2009 (2009-12-18)
5x04 Rhod Gilbert John Bishop 19 December 2009 (2009-12-19)
5x05 Ed Byrne Adam Hills and Gina Yashere 24 December 2009 (2009-12-24)
5x06 Alistair McGowan Kevin Bridges and Reginald D. Hunter 1 January 2010 (2010-01-01)

Series 6 (2010–11)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
6x01 Sean Lock John Bishop 25 November 2010
6x02 Lee Mack Rich Hall and Danny Bhoy 2 December 2010
6x03 Dara Ó Briain Greg Davies and Stewart Francis 9 December 2010
6x04 Kevin Bridges Shappi Khorsandi and Jack Whitehall 17 December 2010
6x05 Stephen K. Amos Jon Richardson and Micky Flanagan 28 December 2010
6x06 Lenny Henry Mike Wilmot and Tommy Tiernan 1 January 2011

Series 7 (2011–12)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
7x01 Micky Flanagan Seann Walsh and Jason Byrne 4 November 2011
7x02 Sean Lock Ed Byrne and Lee Nelson 11 November 2011
7x03 Alan Carr Andi Osho and Patrick Kielty 25 November 2011
7x04 Andy Parsons Andrew Lawrence and Milton Jones 2 December 2011
7x05 Rich Hall Mark Watson and Andrew Maxwell 9 December 2011
7x06 Sarah Millican Steve Hughes and Russell Kane 16 December 2011
7x07 Jason Manford Jimeoin and Tom Stade 14 January 2012
7x08 Jack Whitehall Josh Widdicombe and Shappi Khorsandi 21 January 2012

Series 8 (2012–13)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
8x01 Dara Ó Briain Nina Conti and Danny Bhoy 17 November 2012
8x02 Rhod Gilbert Kerry Godliman and Jon Richardson 24 November 2012
8x03 Kevin Bridges Phill Jupitus and Sara Pascoe 1 December 2012
8x04 Lee Nelson Stewart Francis and Paul Chowdhry 14 December 2012
8x05 Omid Djalili Julian Clary and Reginald D. Hunter 21 December 2012
8x06 Greg Davies Hal Cruttenden and Simon Evans 4 January 2013

Series 9 (2013–14)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
9x01 Eddie Izzard Josh Widdicombe and Trevor Noah 22 November 2013
9x02 Jack Dee Seann Walsh and Milton Jones 29 November 2013
9x03 Sean Lock Romesh Ranganathan and Marcus Brigstocke 13 December 2013
9x04 Adam Hills Andi Osho and Terry Alderton 20 December 2013
9x05 Jack Whitehall Katherine Ryan and Rich Hall 8 January 2014
9x06 Nina Conti Jimeoin and Rob Beckett 15 January 2014

Series 10 (2014–15)[edit]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
10x01 Sarah Millican Joe Lycett and Russell Kane 19 November 2014
10x02 Jason Manford Chris Ramsey and Doc Brown 26 November 2014
10x03 Frankie Boyle Simon Evans and Aisling Bea 10 December 2014
10x04 Jon Richardson Sara Pascoe and Nathan Caton 17 December 2014
10x05 Hal Cruttenden Justin Moorhouse and Tom Stade 27 December 2014
10x06 Danny Bhoy Miles Jupp and Lee Nelson 2 January 2015

Series 11 (2015)[edit]

The eleventh series of Live at the Apollo will be broadcast on BBC Two for the first time.[5]

No. Host Comedian(s) First broadcast
11x01 Alan Carr Francesca Martinez and Nish Kumar 9 November 2015 (2015-11-09)
11x02 Dara Ó Briain Zoe Lyons and Paul Chowdhry 16 November 2015 (2015-11-16)
11x03 Noel Fielding Dane Baptiste and Al Porter 23 November 2015 (2015-11-23)
11x04 Romesh Ranganathan Jason Byrne and Stewart Francis 30 November 2015 (2015-11-30)
11x05 Katherine Ryan Henning Wehn and James Acaster 7 December 2015 (2015-12-07)
11x06 Russell Kane Roisin Conaty and Nick Helm 14 December 2015 (2015-12-14)
11x07 Nina Conti Tanyalee Davis, Hal Cruttenden and Josh Widdicombe 20 December 2015 (2015-12-20)

Guest appearances[edit]

The following have appeared as a guest on the show multiple times up to and including the broadcast episodes of series 11:

Most appearances in total[edit]

6 appearances

5 appearances

4 appearances

3 appearances

2 appearances

Guest hosts[edit]

5 appearances as host

4 appearances as host

3 appearances as host

2 appearances as host

DVD releases[edit]

Alan Carr's performance from Series 3 episode 2 appears as an extra on his stand-up DVD. Dara O'Briain's appearance on Live At The Apollo appears on his stand-up DVD as an extra.


  1. ^ "Another Apollo mission". 13 September 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Colin Paterson (11 November 2008). "Apollo comic show to replace Ross". BBC. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "New comedy tops bill on BBC One this summer with Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow". BBC. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "BBC One Autumn 2009". BBC. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Eames, Tom (21 October 2015). "Live at the Apollo moves to BBC Two, promises to be "naughtier and noisier"". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 

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