The Michael Ball Show

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The Michael Ball Show
Genre Entertainment
Presented by Michael Ball
Composer(s) Music 4
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 30
Producer(s) Spun Gold TV
Location(s) BBC Television Centre
Running time 60 minutes
(including advertisements)
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Original release 16 August (2010-08-16) – 24 September 2010 (2010-09-24)

The Michael Ball Show was a British topical entertainment show broadcast on ITV in 2010. It featured entertainment, discussion and showbiz glamour with the occasional musical performance from Michael himself, often on the Friday edition of the show. It occupied the slot filled by The Alan Titchmarsh Show during its summer break in 2010.


Part one of the show featured Michael and four of the day's guests discussing a topic of the day. The guests were usually the two main guests along with the Cash for Questions quiz-master and either the musical guest or the chef of the day. The second part of the show featured an interview with a guest, who is unknown, not a celebrity, with a story which they tell before Michael and the day's chef cook a guest's favourite a dish which they serve to her or him.

Part three of the show was a brief chat with the musical guest who then performed. Part three also featured a chat with a special guest. The fourth and final part of the show started off with the viewer competition Cash for Questions. To finish off the show, Michael was joined by his final special guest of the day.

There was often a musical theatre theme to The Michael Ball Show, with guests such as Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kerry Ellis, and performances from the casts of shows including Wicked, Billy Elliot and Love Never Dies appearing on the show.

Cash for Questions[edit]

Each day, there was new question and the prize fund was determined by Cash for Questions, the viewer competition in which Michael himself takes part in answering questions given by the day's quizmaster. Each question was worth £100, and the amount in the fund after one minute was the prize for the viewer competition. The quizmaster was the same person on each week depending on the day, with the quizmasters remaining the same throughout the series. They were:

Day Quizmaster
Christine Hamilton
Mica Paris
Eve Pollard
Trevor McDonald
Penny Smith
Kim Woodburn
Jackie Joseph

Filming and broadcast[edit]

The show was pre-recorded at BBC Television Centre's studio TC3 in London. It was recorded on Wednesdays and Thursdays and broadcast Monday through Friday on ITV, STV and UTV, with catch-up on ITV Player, STV Player & UTV Player.

The show was originally commissioned for Summer 2010, to be shown whilst The Alan Titchmarsh Show was on its summer break. It is not yet known if a second series will be commissioned.


# Guests Original airdate
1 Katie PriceLes DennisKim WoodburnRachel Allen 16 August 2010 (2010-08-16)
2 Katie DerhamRuss AbbotThe Saturdays • Jo Pratt • Mica Paris 17 August 2010 (2010-08-17)
3 Joanna LumleyBrendan ColeAdam GarciaRachel AllenJackie Joseph 18 August 2010 (2010-08-18)
4 Christopher BigginsJennie McAlpineCraig David • Jo Pratt • Penny Smith 19 August 2010 (2010-08-19)
5 Konnie HuqOmid DjaliliChristine HamiltonRachel AllenCraig Phillips 20 August 2010 (2010-08-20)
6 Colin and JustinJimi MistryEllie Goulding • Jo Pratt • Christine Hamilton 23 August 2010 (2010-08-23)
7 Suzanne ShawBill PatersonJoshua RadinMica ParisMatt Tebbutt 24 August 2010 (2010-08-24)
8 Cameron MackintoshMichael AspelGareth GatesEve PollardPaul Rankin 25 August 2010 (2010-08-25)
9 Vidal SassoonJodie PrengerGabriella CilmiPenny SmithMatt Tebbutt 26 August 2010 (2010-08-26)
10 Whoopi GoldbergStephen MulhernJackie JosephEve PollardPaul Rankin 27 August 2010 (2010-08-27)
11 Jason ManfordTony HadleyKatie MeluaMatt TebbuttChristine Hamilton 30 August 2010 (2010-08-30)
12 Rick AstleyMichelle CollinsMica ParisPaul RankinHayley Westenra 31 August 2010 (2010-08-31)
13 Alistair McGowanMaxwell CaulfieldJuliet MillsCast of Billy ElliotEve PollardPaul Rankin 1 September 2010 (2010-09-01)
14 Brian ConleyKerry EllisBrian May • Jo Pratt • Penny Smith 2 September 2010 (2010-09-02)
15 Amanda RedmanOlly MursJackie JosephPaul Rankin 3 September 2010 (2010-09-03)
16 Terry WoganArlene PhillipsPixie Lott • Jo Pratt • Christine HamiltonKatie Piper 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
17 JedwardLynda BaronAmy MacdonaldPaul RankinMica Paris 7 September 2010 (2010-09-07)
18 Alexei SayleAlesha DixonEve Pollard • Jo Pratt 8 September 2010 (2010-09-08)
19 LuluBruno TonioliTony ChristiePenny SmithClarissa Dickson Wright 9 September 2010 (2010-09-09)
20 Andrew Lloyd WebberJackie CollinsRamin KarimlooJackie JosephMatt TebbuttHelen Newlove 10 September 2010 (2010-09-10)
21 Simon CallowDom JolySharon CorrClarissa Dickson WrightChristine HamiltonFrazer Hines 13 September 2010 (2010-09-13)
22 Michael GambonFiona PhillipsThe ScriptMica ParisMatt Tebbutt 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)
23 Richard MadeleyJudy FinniganGareth MaloneMcFlyEve PollardClarissa Dickson Wright 15 September 2010 (2010-09-15)
24 Imelda StauntonJLSAndré RieuPenny SmithMatt Tebbutt 16 September 2010 (2010-09-16)
25 John BarrowmanCast of WarhorseAlan DaviesKim WoodburnClarissa Dickson Wright 17 September 2010 (2010-09-17)
26 Fern BrittonDavid HaigLee MeadRachel TuckerChristine HamiltonPaul Rankin 20 September 2010 (2010-09-20)
27 Trinny WoodallSusannah ConstantineAlex ReidScouting for GirlsClarissa Dickson WrightMica Paris 21 September 2010 (2010-09-21)
28 Carol VordermanVal DoonicanCast of Jersey BoysEve PollardPaul Rankin 22 September 2010 (2010-09-22)
29 Coleen NolanNick MoranCon O'NeillMaroon 5Penny SmithClarissa Dickson Wright • PC David Rathband 23 September 2010 (2010-09-23)
30 Nigel PlanerMonsters of Doctor WhoHelen WorthGeraldine JamesPaul RankinKim Woodburn 24 September 2010 (2010-09-24)

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