Through the Keyhole

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Through the Keyhole
Through the Keyhole logo.png
Also known as 'Keith Lemon’s Through The Keyhole'
Genre Comedy panel game
Created by Kevin Simpson
David Frost
Presented by David Frost (1987–2008)
Keith Lemon (2013–)
Starring Loyd Grossman (1987–2003)
Catherine Gee (2004–06)
Lisa Snowdon (2007–08)
Stefanie Powers (2007–08)
Dave Berry (2013–)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8 (ITV)
1 (Sky 1)
9 (BBC)
3 (Revival)
No. of episodes 115 (ITV)
14 (Sky 1)
??? (BBC)
23 (Revival)
Production
Location(s) The Leeds Studios (1987–2008)
Pinewood Studios (2013–)
Running time 30 minutes (1987–2006)
45 minutes (2007–08)
60 minutes (2013–)
Production company(s) Yorkshire Television (1987–95)
Paradine Productions (1996–2008)
Talkback (2013–)
Distributor ITV Studios
FremantleMedia
Release
Original network ITV (1987–95; 2013–)
Sky 1 (1996)
BBC1 (1997–2004)
BBC Two (2006–08)
Picture format 4:3 (1987–2000)
16:9 (2001–08; 2013–)
Original release Original Series
3 April 1987 (1987-04-03) – 4 June 2008
Revived Series
31 August 2013–present
External links
Website

Through the Keyhole is a British comedy panel game show created (and originally presented) by Sir David Frost. It features the host going around celebrities' houses and then getting a panel of other celebrities to try to guess who the famous homeowner is.

The show originally aired on ITV from 3 April 1987 to 1 May 1995, then it aired on Sky 1 from 22 February to 23 May 1996 before moving to BBC1 from 7 April 1997 to 2004 and then its sister channel BBC Two from 26 February 2006 to 4 June 2008.

In 2013, it was announced that the show would be revived for ITV with Keith Lemon as the host.[1]

History[edit]

Original series[edit]

Through the Keyhole originally started as a segment on TV-am, first being broadcast on its launch day on 1 February 1983.[2] The idea was created by Kevin Simpson and David Frost as a chance to look around some of the most influential homes with Loyd Grossman at the helm as the tour presenter. Grossman was mistakenly given the job after someone confused him with a journalist.[3] It became a regular feature of TV-am throughout 1983.[4]

In 1987, Frost transferred the concept to Yorkshire Television and produced a full half-hour programme for ITV where a celebrity panel tries to guess whose house is being looked at. It ran in primetime on Friday nights for eight years on ITV and was rarely out of the top ten entertainment programmes on TV. The executive producers were Kevin Sim and Chantal Rickards. From 1996, it was produced by Frost's own production company, Paradine Productions at Yorkshire Television. That same year, the show also moved to Sky 1 for one series. It was then moved to BBC1 Daytime in 1997 until 2004. The final three BBC series were aired on BBC Two from 2006 to 2008, when it was finally axed by the BBC. However, a special aired in March 2011 for Red Nose Day 2011, as part of the marathon panel show 24 Hour Panel People.

Revival[edit]

The programme returned in 2013 on its original broadcast channel ITV with Leigh Francis as Keith Lemon taking up the role of presenter and house detective. The new series was filmed at Pinewood Studios.[5][6] Dave Berry was a regular panellist during the first series. Celebrity guests on the show are a closely guarded secret until transmission. The first episode of the revived series aired on the day that former host Sir David Frost died, although the news did not break until the following morning.[7]

Before his death in August 2013, Frost gave his backing to ITV's remake saying "I am delighted that the Keyhole format is now entering its fourth decade on TV. I know the pilot show went down very well with the studio audience and I wish Keith and his team the very best of luck for the series."[8]

Format[edit]

At the start of each episode, Frost introduces a panel of three celebrities, with the catchphrase "And what a panel they are ..." and some gently humorous or mocking descriptions. He then hands over to the location presenter who gives the panellists a guided tour of the property, noting particular items, though, there is typically a large amount of misdirection involved as the items pointed out by the presenter are not necessarily the most pertinent clues to the person's identity. Items not specifically mentioned may provide much more useful clues. Once completed, Frost reveals the identity of the guest to the audience, and the panel are given turns at guessing their identity. The audience participate with varying degrees of clapping according to the accuracy of the panellists' guesswork.

The panellists are either successful at identifying the guest or Frost has to reveal their identity, after which they are interviewed and given a key-shaped trophy as a memento. Starting during Loyd Grossman's reign as location presenter, the geographic spread of the properties was extended with one of the properties on each show being located in the US and one in Europe. When Stefanie Powers took over her role in 2007, she was based in the US and conducted the US property tours, whilst UK based Lisa Snowdon conducted the European property tours.

In 2015 the Dutch SBS6 channel released the dutch version, called "Met de deur in huis", hosted by Kees Tol. In this show the Dutch comedian Tineke Schouten visits the houses of Dutch celebraties. The panel (Maik de Boer, Patty Brard en Ruben van der Meer) have to guess who's house she is in. In 2016 there is a second season aired on SBS6.

Celebrity panellists and homeowners[edit]

ITV[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Celebrity panellists Celebrity homeowners Original air date
1 Alan Coren
Mary Parkinson
Kenneth Williams
Spike Milligan
Stirling Moss
3 April 1987[9]
2 Willie Rushton
Eve Pollard
Chris Tarrant
Linda Lusardi
Freddie Starr
10 April 1987[10]
3 Chris Tarrant
Nina Myskow
Lord Lichfield
Tony Blackburn
Robert Maxwell
17 April 1987[11]
4 Alan Coren
Mary Parkinson
Kenneth Williams
Lynsey de Paul
Magnus Pike
24 April 1987[12]
5 Chris Tarrant
Nina Myskow
Lord Lichfield
Bryan Robson
Beryl Reid
1 May 1987[13]
6 Willie Rushton
Eve Pollard
Chris Tarrant
Molly Parkin
Vince Hill
8 May 1987[14]
7 Alan Coren
Moira Stuart
Willie Rushton
Five Star
Mary Whitehouse
15 May 1987[15]
8 Chris Tarrant
Eve Pollard
Kenneth Williams
Suzanne Dando
Lennie Bennett
22 May 1987[16]
9 Steve Blacknell
Anna Raeburn
Willie Rushton
Rick Wakeman
Sandy Gall
29 May 1987[17]
10 Alan Coren
Moira Stuart
Willie Rushton
Jack Charlton
Stan Boardman
5 June 1987[18]
11 Chris Tarrant
Eve Pollard
Kenneth Williams
Denis Healey
Janet Brown
12 June 1987[19]
12 Chris Tarrant
Nina Myskow
Lord Lichfield
Tessa Sanderson
George Melly
19 June 1987[20]
13 Chris Tarrant
Eve Pollard
Kenneth Williams
Harvey Smith
Margaret Campbell
26 June 1987[21]

Series 2[edit]

# Celebrity panellists Celebrity homeowners Original air date
1 Chris Tarrant
Emma Freud
Willie Rushton
David Steel
Ruby Wax
15 April 1988[22]
2 Patti Coldwell
Lord Lichfield
Eve Pollard
Uri Geller
Bob Carolgees
22 April 1988[23]
3 Willie Rushton
Clare Rayner
Chris Tarrant
Michael Fish
Su Pollard
29 April 1988[24]
4 Chris Tarrant
Anna Raeburn
Nigel Dempster
Jane Rossington
Freddie Truman
6 May 1988[25]
5 Willie Rushton
Sarah Kennedy
Alan Coren
Clive Sinclair
Kenny Everett
13 May 1988[26]
6 Willie Rushton
Eve Pollard
Judith Chalmers
Katie Boyle
Bernard Manning
20 May 1988[27]
7 Willie Rushton
Clare Rayner
Chris Tarrant
Bob Champion
Debbie Greenwood
27 May 1988[28]
8 Patti Coldwell
Lord Lichfield
Eve Pollard
Gordon Honeycombe
Liz Dawn
3 June 1988[29]
9 Willie Rushton
Sarah Kennedy
Alan Coren
Bill Oddie
Clare Francis
24 June 1988[30]
10 Chris Tarrant
Anna Raeburn
Nigel Dempster
Mike Reid
Mike Read
1 July 1988[31]
11 Chris Tarrant
Emma Freud
Willie Rushton
Kenny Ball
Lucinda Green
8 July 1988[32]
12 Willie Rushton
Eve Pollard
Alan Coren
Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu
Fatima Whitbread
15 July 1988[33]
13 Eve Pollard
Chris Tarrant
Alan Coren
Jean Rogers
Clement Freud
5 August 1988[34]

Series 3[edit]

# Celebrity panellists Celebrity homeowners Original air date
1 Chris Tarrant
Alan Titchmarsh
Debbie Rix
Henry Cooper
Ruth Madoc
17 February 1989[35]
2 Willie Rushton
Chris Tarrant
Eve Pollard
Bruce Kent
Jimmy Savile
24 February 1989[36]
3 Willie Rushton
Patti Coldwell
Ned Sherrin
Bernie Clifton
Delia Smith
3 March 1989[37]
4 Sue Lloyd
Bill Oddie
Chris Tarrant
Lance Percival
Maria Whittaker
10 March 1989[38]
5 Alan Coren
Debbie Rix
Chris Tarrant
Nina Myskow
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards
17 March 1989[39]
6 Chris Tarrant Jim Bowen
Ossie Ardilles
24 March 1989[40]
7 Clement Freud
Anna Raeburn
Willie Rushton
Victor & Marilyn Lownes
Paddy & Jane Ashdown
31 March 1989[41]
8 Chris Tarrant
Eve Pollard
Alan Coren
Rachael Heyhoe Flint
Russell Grant
7 April 1989[42]
9 Katie Boyle
Willie Rushton
Carol Vorderman
Mary Peters
Screaming Lord Sutch
14 April 1989[43]
10 Judi Spiers
Chris Tarrant
Sue Lloyd
Sharron Davies
Bernard Matthews
21 April 1989[44]
11 Patti Coldwell
Willie Rushton
Ned Sherrin
Annabel Croft
Kenny Lynch
28 April 1989[45]
12 Willie Rushton
Anna Raeburn
Clement Freud
Norman St John-Stevas
Steve Wright
5 May 1989[46]
13 Judi Spiers
Chris Tarrant
Bill Oddie
Eddy Shah
Kathy Staff
12 May 1989[47]

Series 4[edit]

# Celebrity panellists Celebrity homeowners Original air date
1 Chris Tarrant
Stephanie Calman
Alan Coren
Judge James Pickles
Doc Cox
9 March 1990[48]
2 Katie Boyle
Willie Rushton
Chris Tarrant
Sheila Ferguson
Lord John Oaksey
16 March 1990[49]
3 Willie Rushton
Patti Coldwell
Mike Read
Barbara Castle
Barry McGuigan
23 March 1990[50]
4 Willie Rushton
Chris Tarrant
Katie Boyle
Ceawlin Thynn
John Conteh
30 March 1990[51]
5 Chris Tarrant
Nina Myskow
Danny La Rue
Patrick Moore
Gerald Harper
6 April 1990[52]
6 Willie Rushton
Hilary Kingsley
Mike Read
Acker Bilk
Rose-Marie
13 April 1990[53]
7 Willie Rushton
Nina Myskow
Andrew O'Conor
Debbie Moore
Roger De Courcey
20 April 1990[54]
8 Willie Rushton
Nina Myskow
Andrew O'Conor
Phil Drabble
Peter Stringfellow
27 April 1990[55]
9 Chris Tarrant
Stephanie Calman
Alan Coren
Simon & Annette Howard
William Roache
4 May 1990[56]
10 Willie Rushton
Eve Pollard
Lord Lichfield
Zandra Rhodes
Ray Illingworth
11 May 1990[57]
11 Hilary Kingsley
Lord Lichfield
Eve Pollard
Danny La Rue
Willie Rushton
Chris Tarrant
Jeffrey Archer
Glynn Christian
18 May 1990[58]
12 Willie Rushton
Eve Pollard
Mike Read
The Goldwyres
Phil & Frances Edmonds
25 May 1990[59]
13 Eve Pollard
Chris Tarrant
Alan Titchmarsh
Tony Hart
Don Maclean
4 December 1992[60]

Revival[edit]

Series 1[edit]

# Celebrity
panellists
Celebrity
homeowners
Original
air date
Viewers
(millions)[61]
1 Dave Berry
Eamonn Holmes
Martine McCutcheon
Louis Smith
John Prescott
Duncan James
Lee Ryan
31 August 2013 5.13
2 Dave Berry
Jonathan Ross
Denise van Outen
Mary Berry
Carol McGiffin
Tom Fletcher
7 September 2013 4.21
3 Dave Berry
Cilla Black
Holly Willoughby
Louis Walsh
Kerry Katona
Greg Rutherford
14 September 2013 4.25
4 Dave Berry
Terry Wogan
Catherine Tyldesley
Bruno Tonioli
Stacey Solomon
Kelly Hoppen
21 September 2013 3.95
5 Dave Berry
Emma Bunton
Larry Lamb
Linda Robson
Mel B
Joey Essex
28 September 2013 3.27
6 Dave Berry
Simon Gregson
Mollie King
Amir Khan
Daryl Hannah
Sarah Harding
5 October 2013 3.64
7 Dave Berry
Julian Clary
Barbara Windsor
Gino D'Acampo
Neil Morrissey
Denise Welch
15 December 2013 3.58
  • Note: Episode 7 was a Christmas special

Series 2[edit]

# Celebrity
panellists
Celebrity
homeowners
Original
air date
Viewers
(millions)[61]
1 Alan Carr
Ruth Langsford
Jonathan Ross
Sinitta
Shaun Ryder
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
30 August 2014 3.35
2 Joe Swash
Gabby Logan
Paddy McGuinness
Harry Judd
George Takei
John Thomson
6 September 2014 3.31
3 Jimmy Carr
Natalie Anderson
Dave Berry
Will Mellor
Chris Packham
Claire Richards
13 September 2014 3.61
4 Kian Egan
Christine Bleakley
Warwick Davis
Gene Simmons
Sam Bailey
Duncan Bannatyne
20 September 2014 3.59
5 Craig Charles
Fearne Cotton
Dave Berry
David Dickinson
JB Gill
Claire Sweeney
27 September 2014 3.24
6 Vernon Kay
Carol Vorderman
Joey Essex
Rylan Clark
Hilary Devey
Nicky Clarke
4 October 2014 3.39
7 Des O'Connor
Myleene Klass
Dave Berry
Dave Myers
Verne Troyer
Toyah Willcox
11 October 2014 2.85
8 Jonathan Ross
Kym Marsh
Louis Walsh
Jane Seymour
Louie Spence
Alex James
26 December 2014 2.65
  • Note: Episode 8 was a Christmas special

Series 3[edit]

# Celebrity
panellists
Celebrity
homeowners
Original
air date
Viewers
(millions)[61]
1 Gino D'Acampo
Sue Cleaver
Johnny Vegas
Germaine Greer
James Argent
Lou Ferrigno
29 August 2015 2.85
2 Jonathan Ross
Kimberley Walsh
Andi Peters
Penn Jillette
Carl Fogarty
James and Ola Jordan
5 September 2015 2.69
3 Paddy McGuinness
Tess Daly
Jerry Springer
Craig Revel Horwood
Bill Oddie
Yvette Fielding
12 September 2015 3.09
4 Bruno Tonioli
Davina McCall
Dave Berry
David Haye
Vanessa Feltz
Charlotte Crosby
19 September 2015 2.71
5 Antony Cotton
Sara Cox
Jimmy Carr
Sharon Osbourne
Dom Joly
Kimberly Wyatt
26 September 2015 2.01
6 Mark Wright
Janet Street-Porter
Vernon Kay
Peter Andre
Kate Silverton
Simon Webbe
3 October 2015 Under 2.01
7 Michael Buerk
Ashley Roberts
Dave Berry
Anthea Turner
Ken Hom
Georgia May Foote
10 October 2015 Under 2.13
8 Jimmy Carr
Stephen Mulhern
Claudia Winkleman
Russell Grant
Jack Osbourne
Jo Wood
24 December 2015 Under 1.91
  • Note: Episode 8 was a Christmas special.

Series 4[edit]

A fourth series begins in January 2017. Eight episodes (inc. Christmas special) were recorded at Pinewood Studios in July 2016.

The panels for the upcoming series will be:

# Celebrity
panellists
Celebrity
homeowners
Original
air date
Viewers
(millions)[61]
1 Shayne Ward
Kelly Brook
Johnny Vegas
24 December 2016
  • Note: Episode 1 was a Christmas special.

Transmissions[edit]

References[edit]

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