My Kind of People

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My Kind of People
Genre Comedy
Presented by Michael Barrymore
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Running time 30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) LWT
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 26 October (1995-10-26) – 26 December 1995 (1995-12-26)
Chronology
Related shows My Kind of Music

My Kind of People was an ITV television show presented by British entertainer Michael Barrymore broadcast from 26 October to 26 December 1995. Barrymore travelled around the country in his customised sports car visiting shopping centres, where amateurs performed on a stage for the programme unrehearsed.

Some acts were simply shown performing together with the audience reaction, whereas others were interviewed by Barrymore or shown inter-dispersed with footage of Barrymore to the side of the stage engaged in foolish behaviour in order to get reactions from the audience. Often, Barrymore would join the act on stage and continue the tomfoolery.

Notably, Susan Boyle performed on the show, 13 years before she became famous worldwide for her Britain's Got Talent audition. Barrymore mocked her as she performed "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar at the Olympia Mall in East Kilbride, lying on the stage beneath her and pretending to look up her skirt as she performed, attempting to sing with her during the end of the song and then staging a kiss with her. The clip was viewed several million times after Boyle rose to prominence, with many viewers criticising Barrymore for his rude and disrespectful behaviour, unfavourably comparing his notoriety since with Boyle's then-newfound fame and vocal ability. Gareth Gates also appeared on the fourth episode of the show which was filmed in Sheffield. This was six years before he found fame with Pop Idol.[1]

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