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Des O'Connor Tonight is a British variety chat show hosted by comedian and singer Des O'Connor. It was originally broadcast on the BBC from 1977 until 1982, where it then moved to ITV from 1 November 1983 until 3 September 1999, plus later specials until 24 December 2002 when it was axed after nearly 26 years.

Des O'Connor Tonight
Presented byDes O'Connor
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series7 (BBC Two)
17 (ITV)
No. of episodes44 (BBC Two)
182 (ITV)
Production
Running time30–60 minutes
Production company(s)Thames Television (1983–1999, 2001–2002)
Central Television (1993–1998)
DistributorFremantle
ITV Studios
Release
Original networkBBC Two (1977–1982)
ITV (1983–1999, 2001–2002)
Picture format4:3 (1977–1998)
16:9 (1999, 2001—2002)
Original release17 January 1977 (1977-01-17) –
24 December 2002 (2002-12-24)
Chronology
Related showsThe Des O'Connor Show

Des O'Connor Now!Edit

In 1984, O'Connor did a series of chat shows live from the Royalty Theatre London, which contain 9 episodes.

Famous incidentsEdit

Fokker jokeEdit

Stan Boardman talked about Focke-Wulf but made it sound like he was using the swear word: it resulted in the end of live broadcasts of the show, until the 1990s.[1]

TransmissionsEdit

Original seriesEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
BBC Two
1 17 October 1977 21 November 1977 6
2 18 September 1978 6 November 1978 8
3 14 January 1980 18 February 1980 6
4 27 October 1980 15 December 1980 8
5 29 September 1981 16 November 1981 8
6 1 November 1982 20 December 1982 8
ITV
7 1 November 1983 3 January 1984 10
8 11 September 1984 25 December 1984 15
9 8 October 1985 31 December 1985 12
10 14 October 1986 30 December 1986 12
11 21 October 1987 16 December 1987 9
12 26 October 1988 28 December 1988 10
13 25 October 1989 27 December 1989 10
14 31 October 1990 9 January 1991 9
15 16 October 1991 15 January 1992 11
16 7 October 1992 30 December 1992 10
17 17 November 1993 9 February 1994 12
18 30 November 1994 8 February 1995 10
19 13 December 1995 7 February 1996 8
20 11 December 1996 12 February 1997 9
21 3 December 1997 8 April 1998 10
22 11 September 1998 23 December 1998 10
23 2 July 1999 3 September 1999 10

SpecialsEdit

Date Entitle
5 August 1998 Special
27 December 1999 Christmas Special
24 December 2001 Christmas Special
31 December 2001 New Year Special
24 December 2002 Christmas Special

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stan Boardman and Des O'connor the Fokker joke. YouTube. 6 September 2009.

External linksEdit