Live at the Apollo (TV series)

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Live at the Apollo
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GenreLive comedy
Presented by Jack Dee (2004–2007, 2013)
Guest hosts (2007–)
Narrated by Patrick Allen (2004–2005)
Peter Dickson (2007–)
Opening theme BBC: "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series15
No. of episodes97
Production
Executive producersAddison Cresswell, Andrew Beint and Joe Norris
ProducersAlex Hardcastle, Anthony Caveney
Running time30–45 minutes
Release
Original network BBC One (2004–2015)
BBC Two (2015–)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release6 September 2004 (2004-09-06) 
present
Chronology
Related shows Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
External links
Website

Live at the Apollo (formerly titled Jack Dee Live at the Apollo) is a British stand-up comedy programme performed from the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in west London. Despite the title, the programmes are recorded, not live.

Contents

Jack Dee hosted the first two series and the opening show of the third series, performing a short segment before introducing a guest comedian. Until 2015, all episodes were broadcast on BBC One. The show moved to BBC Two in November 2015. The programme was renamed for its third series which was filmed over three evenings in October 2007. The format was changed to suit with one of the night's performers assuming hosting duties. [1]

A fourth series began transmission on 28 November 2008. It showcased a variety of the newer stand-up comedians and was rescheduled from Monday nights to Friday nights to replace Friday Night with Jonathan Ross after Ross's suspension in the wake of the Sachsgate row. [2] After hosting the first episode, Michael McIntyre got his own show of a similar format; Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow was broadcast for a series of six episodes in 2009. [3]

A fifth series aired in late 2009 and early 2010, [4] the recordings of which took place in October 2009. This series was initially broadcast as edited 30-minute episodes, but the full length (45-minute) versions were then shown in May, June and July 2010.

A sixth series of Live at the Apollo began airing in late November 2010, with new episodes being recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo during September and October 2010. The episodes are 30 minutes in length but may be extended once they reach the repeat channels such as Dave and Comedy Central.

Episode list

Viewing figures from BARB and British Comedy Guide. [5] [6]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 66 September 200411 October 2004
2 612 September 200517 October 2005
3 612 November 200717 December 2007
4 628 November 200816 January 2009
5 64 December 20091 January 2010
6 625 November 20101 January 2011
7 84 November 201121 January 2012
8 617 November 20124 January 2013
9 622 November 201315 January 2014
10 619 November 20142 January 2015
11 79 November 201520 December 2015
12 78 November 201620 December 2016
13 730 November 20174 January 2018
14 715 November 201822 December 2018
15 75 November 201917 December 2019
Specials 42 June 201828 December 2020

Series 1 (2004)

No.HostComedianFirst broadcastViewers (millions)
1x01 Jack Dee Joan Rivers 6 September 2004N/A
1x02 Ardal O'Hanlon 13 September 2004N/A
1x03 Jo Brand 20 September 2004N/A
1x04 Ross Noble 27 September 2004N/A
1x05 Omid Djalili 4 October 2004N/A
1x06No guest11 October 2004N/A

Series 2 (2005)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
2x01 Jack Dee Lee Mack 12 September 2005N/A
2x02 Dara Ó Briain 19 September 2005N/A
2x03No guest26 September 2005N/A
2x04 Rob Brydon (in character as Keith Barret)3 October 2005N/A
2x05 Marcus Brigstocke and Rich Hall 10 October 2005N/A
2x06 Julian Clary 17 October 2005N/A

Series 3 (2007)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
3x01 Jack Dee Jason Manford and Russell Howard 12 November 2007N/A
3x02 Jimmy Carr Alan Carr 19 November 2007N/A
3x03 Jo Brand Michael McIntyre 26 November 2007N/A
3x04 Lee Mack Sean Lock 3 December 2007N/A
3x05 Joan Rivers Patrick Kielty 10 December 2007N/A
3x06 Dara Ó Briain Stephen K. Amos and Frankie Boyle 17 December 2007N/A

Series 4 (2008–2009)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
4x01 Michael McIntyre Rich Hall and Rhod Gilbert 28 November 2008N/A
4x02 Al Murray (in character as The Pub Landlord) Shappi Khorsandi and Russell Kane 5 December 2008N/A
4x03 Sean Lock Jason Manford 12 December 2008N/A
4x04 Dara Ó Briain Frankie Boyle 19 December 2008N/A
4x05 Lenny Henry Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne 9 January 2009N/A
4x06 Russell Howard Jo Brand 17 January 2009N/A

Series 5 (2009–2010)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
5x01 Jason Manford Michael McIntyre 4 December 20094.20
5x02 Rob Brydon Sarah Millican and Jason Byrne 11 December 20094.82
5x03 Al Murray (in character as The Pub Landlord) Chris Addison and Tim Vine 18 December 20094.66
5x04 Rhod Gilbert John Bishop 19 December 20096.29
5x05 Ed Byrne Adam Hills and Gina Yashere 24 December 20094.07 [7]
5x06 Alistair McGowan Kevin Bridges and Reginald D. Hunter 1 January 20103.77 [8]

Series 6 (2010–2011)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
6x01 Sean Lock John Bishop 25 November 20103.81 [9]
6x02 Lee Mack Rich Hall and Danny Bhoy 2 December 20103.86 [10]
6x03 Dara Ó Briain Greg Davies and Stewart Francis 9 December 20104.67
6x04 Kevin Bridges Shappi Khorsandi and Jack Whitehall 17 December 20104.89
6x05 Stephen K. Amos Jon Richardson and Micky Flanagan 28 December 2010N/A
6x06 Lenny Henry Mike Wilmot and Tommy Tiernan 1 January 20114.26 [11]

Series 7 (2011–2012)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
7x01 Micky Flanagan Seann Walsh and Jason Byrne 4 November 20113.02 [12]
7x02 Sean Lock Ed Byrne and Lee Nelson 11 November 20113.21 [13]
7x03 Alan Carr Andi Osho and Patrick Kielty 25 November 20112.68 [14]
7x04 Andy Parsons Andrew Lawrence and Milton Jones 2 December 20113.22 [15]
7x05 Rich Hall Mark Watson and Andrew Maxwell 9 December 20113.38 [16]
7x06 Sarah Millican Steve Hughes and Russell Kane 16 December 20113.63 [17]
7x07 Jason Manford Jimeoin and Tom Stade 14 January 20123.64 [18]
7x08 Jack Whitehall Josh Widdicombe and Shappi Khorsandi 21 January 20123.02 [19]

Series 8 (2012–2013)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
8x01 Dara Ó Briain Nina Conti and Danny Bhoy 17 November 20122.42 [20]
8x02 Rhod Gilbert Kerry Godliman and Jon Richardson 24 November 20122.60 [21]
8x03 Kevin Bridges Phill Jupitus and Sara Pascoe 1 December 20122.43 [22]
8x04 Lee Nelson Stewart Francis and Paul Chowdhry 14 December 20122.56 [23]
8x05 Omid Djalili Julian Clary and Reginald D. Hunter 21 December 20123.61 [24]
8x06 Greg Davies Hal Cruttenden and Simon Evans 4 January 20132.76 [25]

Series 9 (2013–2014)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
9x01 Eddie Izzard Josh Widdicombe and Trevor Noah 22 November 20132.74 [26]
9x02 Jack Dee Seann Walsh and Milton Jones 29 November 20132.58 [27]
9x03 Sean Lock Romesh Ranganathan and Marcus Brigstocke 13 December 20133.16 [28]
9x04 Adam Hills Andi Osho and Terry Alderton 20 December 20132.45 [29]
9x05 Jack Whitehall Katherine Ryan and Rich Hall 8 January 20142.23 [30]
9x06 Nina Conti Jimeoin and Rob Beckett 15 January 20142.15 [31]

Series 10 (2014–2015)

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
10x01 Sarah Millican Joe Lycett and Russell Kane 19 November 2014N/A
10x02 Jason Manford Chris Ramsey and Doc Brown 26 November 2014N/A
10x03 Frankie Boyle Simon Evans and Aisling Bea 10 December 2014N/A
10x04 Jon Richardson Sara Pascoe and Nathan Caton 17 December 2014N/A
10x05 Hal Cruttenden Justin Moorhouse and Tom Stade 27 December 20142.48 [32]
10x06 Danny Bhoy Miles Jupp and Lee Nelson 2 January 20151.71

Series 11 (2015)

The eleventh series of Live at the Apollo was broadcast on BBC Two for the first time, beginning on 9 November 2015. [33]

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
11x01 Alan Carr Francesca Martinez and Nish Kumar 9 November 20151.07 [34]
11x02 Dara Ó Briain Zoe Lyons and Paul Chowdhry 16 November 2015N/A
11x03 Noel Fielding Dane Baptiste and Al Porter 23 November 2015N/A
11x04 Romesh Ranganathan Jason Byrne and Stewart Francis 30 November 20151.08
11x05 Katherine Ryan Henning Wehn and James Acaster 7 December 2015N/A
11x06 Russell Kane Roisin Conaty and Nick Helm 14 December 20151.17 [35]
11x07 Nina Conti Tanyalee Davis, Hal Cruttenden and Josh Widdicombe 20 December 20150.99 [36]

Series 12 (2016)

The twelfth series of Live at the Apollo was broadcast on BBC Two from 8 November 2016.

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
12x01 Sarah Millican Tom Allen and Arj Barker 8 November 20161.13 [37]
12x02 Josh Widdicombe Celia Pacquola and Nathan Caton 15 November 2016N/A
12x03 Gina Yashere Ellie Taylor and Sam Simmons 22 November 2016N/A
12x04 Adam Hills Michelle Wolf and Jamali Maddix 29 November 20160.75 [38]
12x05 Frankie Boyle Holly Walsh and Jack Carroll 6 December 20161.07 [39]
12x06 Joe Lycett Ivo Graham and Phil Wang 13 December 2016N/A
12x07 Romesh Ranganathan Seann Walsh, Kerry Godliman and Spencer Jones 20 December 20161.78

Series 13 (2017–2018)

The thirteenth series of Live at the Apollo was broadcast on BBC Two from 30 November 2017.

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
13x01 Sara Pascoe Gary Delaney and Larry Dean 30 November 2017
13x02 Nish Kumar David O'Doherty and Luisa Omielan 7 December 2017
13x03 Rob Beckett Jen Brister and Darren Harriott 14 December 2017
13x04 Katherine Ryan Marlon Davis, John Robins and Joel Dommett 29 December 2017
13x05 Henning Wehn Lucy Porter and Guz Khan 31 December 2017
13x06 Dane Baptiste Desiree Burch and Chris McCausland 4 January 2018
13x07 Ed Byrne Angela Barnes and Geoff Norcott 11 January 2018

Series 14 (2018)

The fourteenth series of Live at the Apollo was broadcast on BBC Two from 15 November 2018.

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
14x01 Ellie Taylor Tez Ilyas and Fin Taylor 15 November 2018
14x02 Dara Ó Briain Felicity Ward and Mo Gilligan 22 November 2018
14x03 Gina Yashere Lost Voice Guy and Ed Gamble 29 November 2018
14x04 Phil Wang Brennan Reece and Rachel Parris 6 December 2018
14x05 Kerry Godliman Suzi Ruffell and Loyiso Gola 13 December 2018
14x06 Jamali Maddix Sindhu Vee and Fern Brady 20 December 2018
14x07 Sarah Millican Ahir Shah, Laura Lexx and Gary Delaney 31 December 2018

Series 15 (2019)

The fifteenth series of Live at the Apollo was broadcast on BBC Two from 5 November 2019.

No.HostComedian(s)First broadcastViewers (millions)
15x01 Tom Allen Rosie Jones and Kae Kurd 5 November 2019
15x02 Sindhu Vee Alex Edelman and Lou Sanders 12 November 2019
15x03 Guz Khan Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rhys James 19 November 2019
15x04 Darren Harriott Jessica Fostekew and Stephen Bailey 26 November 2019
15x05 Ardal O'Hanlon Mawaan Rizwan and Sara Barron 3 December 2019
15x06 Desiree Burch Paul McCaffrey and Jonny Pelham 10 December 2019
15x07 Sara Pascoe Chris McCausland and Flo and Joan 17 December 2019

Specials

Assorted special episodes have been broadcast by the BBC.

No.TitleFirst broadcastViewers (millions)
Sx01All Girls (part 1)2 June 2018
Sx02All Girls (part 2)16 June 2018
Sx03Pride (part 1)25 June 2019
Sx04Pride (part 2)26 August 2019
Sx05The One About Relationships20 August 2020
Sx06The One About Sex27 August 2020
Sx07The One About Kids3 September 2020
Sx08The One About Transport10 September 2020
Sx09The One About Shopping17 September 2020
Sx10The One About Celebrity24 September 2020
Sx11Access All Areas18 November 2020
Sx12Secrets of the Apollo28 December 2020

Guest appearances

The following have appeared as a guest on the show multiple times up to and including the broadcast episodes of series 15:

Most appearances in total

14 appearances

7 appearances

5 appearances

4 appearances

3 appearances

2 appearances

Hosts

14 appearances as host

  • Jack Dee (includes 12 appearances as regular host, plus 2 appearances as guest host)

6 appearances as host

4 appearances as host

3 appearances as host

2 appearances as host

DVD releases

Alan Carr's performance from Series 3 episode 2 appears as an extra on his stand-up DVD. Dara O'Briain's appearance on Live at the Apollo appears on his stand-up DVD as an extra.

Theme music

The theme tune used on the BBC broadcasts (Jet – "Are You Gonna Be My Girl") has been replaced with another instrumental piece for the digital repeats. The instrumental track is called 'Monster Funk' and is from the KPM Production Music Library. It had previously been used for the end titles of 'Live at the Apollo' but is used on the opening and closing titles for digital repeats and DVD issues.

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