That Antony Cotton Show
|That Antony Cotton Show|
That Antony Cotton Show titles
|Genre||Entertainment chat show|
|Presented by||Antony Cotton|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||ITV, STV|
|Original release||13 August –
17 September 2007
|Related shows||Today with Des and Mel
The Paul O'Grady Show
That Antony Cotton Show was a British comedy chat show that was broadcast on ITV & STV for one series in 2007. It was presented by Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, and aired on weekdays at 5pm. The show was not broadcast in Northern Ireland, due to UTV's news programme beginning at 5.30pm. The show was filmed in front of a live audience at the ITV Granada studios in Manchester.
Preview tapes of the pilot circulated before the series began, mainly on YouTube, and were panned by critics as it was simply a copy of The Paul O'Grady Show, which originally was shown on ITV. ITV Productions Granada thought Anthony Cotton would have been either more popular or as popular as with viewers as Paul O'Grady was.
That Antony Cotton Show launched with 2 million viewers (17.6% share of available audience) at 5pm on Monday 13 August 2007. This was significantly up on the slot average of 1.7 million viewers (12.9%). It also attracted more than Channel 4's flagship daytime show, Richard & Judy, which pulled in just 1.1 million viewers (9.7%) at the same time. However, by its third episode, the show had lost 500,000 viewers, drawing 1.5 million and a 13% share. Viewership continued to fall further for Cotton's show. On 24 August 2007, only 1.1 million (11.5%) tuned in. The show's viewership slumped to below 1.1 million (10.4%) on 11 September 2007.
Initial reports suggested that the show had been recommissioned for a second run, with producers saying they would alter the format for the new series. However, on 24 January 2008, The Sun reported that the show would not be returning.
†This episode was postponed due to the 5pm slot on Friday being used to broadcast an ITV News Special. The episode was shown on the following Monday, thus one less episode was filmed this series.
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- Holmwood, Leigh (16 August 2007). "Coltrane drives viewers to ITV". London: MediaGuardian. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
- "Antony Cotton gets lowest audience yet". BroadcastNow. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12.[dead link]
- "Corrie star Cotton lands own gameshow". Digital Spy. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
- "Corrie Cotton's chat show axed". The Sun. 24 January 2008.
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