That Antony Cotton Show

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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
Producer(s) ITV Productions
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
(2004–09, 2013–)
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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.[1]

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.[2] However, by its third episode, the show had lost 500,000 viewers, drawing 1.5 million and a 13% share.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] However, on 24 January 2008, The Sun reported that the show would not be returning.[6]


Date Guests
Pilot Pauline Quirke, Marsha Thomason and Neil Ruddock
13 August Alison Steadman and Ray Quinn
14 August Charlie Hardwick and Stephen Mulhern
15 August Kate O'Mara and Dave Spikey
16 August Linda Robson, Dannii Minogue and Rustie Lee
17 August Claire King and Ricky Hatton
20 August Kym Ryder and Patrick Mower
21 August Fay Ripley, Anne Charleston and Lizzie Webb
22 August Dame Kelly Holmes and Ian Kelsey
23 August Richard Briers and Yvette Fielding
24 August Tricia Penrose and Malcolm Hebden
27 August Denise Welch and Jennie McAlpine
28 August Ardal O'Hanlon and Katherine Jenkins
29 August Brian Blessed and Natalie Imbruglia
30 August Brian Conley and Denise Black
31 August Wendy Turner Webster, Gary Webster, Lee Sharpe and Katherine Kelly
3 September Suranne Jones and Daniel O'Donnell
4 September Anthea Turner and Jean-Christophe Novelli
5 September Sally Whittaker, Les Dennis and RyanDan
6 September Nicki Chapman and Geoffrey Hughes
7 September No episode
10 September Wendy Richard and Cleo Rocos
11 September June Whitfield and Richard Fleeshman
12 September John Thomson, Mickey Rooney and Jan Rooney
13 September Emma Samms and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
17 September Shayne Ward and Lynda La Plante

†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.


  1. ^ "ITV fury as Ant show put online". The Sun. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  2. ^ "Cotton gives ITV a happy Monday". Digital Spy. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  3. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (16 August 2007). "Coltrane drives viewers to ITV". London: MediaGuardian. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Antony Cotton gets lowest audience yet". BroadcastNow. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Corrie star Cotton lands own gameshow". Digital Spy. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Corrie Cotton's chat show axed". The Sun. 24 January 2008. 

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