The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow

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The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow
Genre Entertainment
Presented by Noel Edmonds
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 48
Running time 45 minutes
Original network BBC One
Picture format 4:3
Original release 3 September 1988 (1988-09-03) – 15 December 1990 (1990-12-15)
Preceded by The Late, Late Breakfast Show
Followed by Noel's House Party

The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow is a BBC television light entertainment show which was broadcast on Saturday evenings from 3 September 1988 to 15 December 1990. It was presented by Noel Edmonds, his first major TV project since the demise of The Late, Late Breakfast Show in 1986. The pre-recorded programme contained several elements which had been found in its predecessor, such as phone-in quizzes, celebrity interviews and bands performing in the studio.

The premise for the new show was that unlike The Late, Late Breakfast Show, which had been broadcast from the BBC's studios each week, the Roadshow would come from a new, different and exotic location each week. These 'locations' were in fact elaborate studio sets dressed to resemble each week's location, such as the North Pole, a space station, Hollywood, or Niagara Falls. The irony of this was not lost on Edmonds, whose self-deprecating presentation style frequently made light of the low budget production values.

The programme was a slow-burning success, and following the third series in 1990, Edmonds' popularity and reputation were sufficiently re-established with the public for Edmonds to pitch Noel's House Party to the BBC.

The show also introduced regular features such as the Gunge Tank, the "Gotcha Oscars" and "Wait 'Till I Get You Home", which would all be carried across and subsequently developed in Noel's House Party. Another item was "Clown Court", where a guest actor from a TV series would be on trial for all the bloopers made during the shooting of that show, such as Sylvester McCoy in the title role of Doctor Who, and Tony Robinson as his character of Baldrick in Blackadder the Third.


Series Start date End date Episodes
1 3 September 1988[1] 17 December 1988[2] 16
2 2 September 1989[3] 16 December 1989[4] 16
3 1 September 1990[5] 15 December 1990[6] 16


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