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Michael McIntyre's Big Show (also known as Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show) is a BAFTA award-winning British variety and stand-up comedy television series, presented by British comedian, presenter and former Britain's Got Talent judge Michael McIntyre. The show was originally a one-off Christmas special in 2015, before the BBC announced that they had ordered a full series in 2016, which starting airing on 16 April of that year, and concluded on 28 May 2016.[1]

Michael McIntyre's Big Show
GenreComedy, Entertainment, Variety, Music
Created byBBC
Michael McIntyre
Written byMichael McIntyre
Henry Paker
Directed byChris Howe
Presented byMichael McIntyre
Voices ofMichael McIntyre (host)
Theme music composerNasseer Bouzida
De Wolfe Music
Opening theme"Michael McIntyre's Big Show"
Ending theme"Michael McIntyre's Big Show"
Composer(s)Paul Farrer
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series4 Regular
4 Christmas specials
No. of episodes20 (as of 12 January 2019)
Executive producer(s)Claire Horton
Daniel Baldwin, Christmas Special Launch Ep Ed de Burgh
Producer(s)Christian Fletcher (series 1–)
Ed Daggett (series 1–)
Sonal Patel (series 1–2)
Carol Baffour-Awuah (series 2–)
Production location(s)Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
London Palladium, London
Editor(s)Steve Andrews (series 1–)
Jamie Shemeld (series 1–)
Bex Murray (series 1–2)
Running time50–60 minutes
Production company(s)Hungry Bear Media
Original networkBBC One (2015–)
BBC One HD (2015–)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release25 December 2015 (2015-12-25) (pilot episode) –
Preceded byThe Michael McIntyre Chat Show
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The show features celebrity guests, musical performances, comedy sketches from McIntyre and comrades from the comedy realm. The show is recorded at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. The series was well received by the public and BBC One renewed the show for a second series which began airing November 2016, concluding in a Christmas special, which was broadcast on Christmas Eve 2016.

The show was commissioned for a third series to air in 2017, which ran for 6 episodes from 18 November.[2] The series finished with its Christmas special entitled Michael Mcintyre's Big Christmas Show on Christmas Eve. It was then announced in December 2017 that Michael McIntyre's Big Show was renewed for a fourth series that aired in 2018. It has been confirmed via the ticketing website that a 2019 series will be filmed. This series has a new production location of The London Palladium[3] rather than the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Items and game segmentsEdit

Each episode of Michael McIntyre's Big Show includes a game segment or an item involving a celebrity or an unexpecting member of the public.

Regular Segments (as of Saturday 18 November 2017)
Segment Information
Send to All Send to All (also known as Celebrity Send to All) is a game in the show, which involves McIntyre taking a celebrity's phone and sending a usually awkward text message to all of his or her contacts; at the end of the show, Michael checks the celebrity's phone and see what replies have come through from the contacts. The celebrities to appear in this segment include comedian, host and singer Alexander Armstrong, pop star Olly Murs, Welsh former footballer Robbie Savage, Italian dancer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli and Welsh The One Show presenter Alex Jones.
Unexpected Star of the Show A member of the public who has no idea they are to appear on the show are told to come to the theatre and are asked to do various jobs that turn out to be fake. In fact, it's all fake, and they are led into a fake room that leads onto the theatre stage, after which either the walls of the fake room fall down or the person opens a door to see the audience. The unexpected star will then go backstage to prepare for their big performance at the end of the show. In series two episode 5 there were two unexpected stars of the show and in series two episode 6 there were 21 unexpected stars of the show; a choir.
Celebrity Comedian In most shows, there is a celebrity comedian who does a 5-minute item in the show while McIntyre goes offstage for a break. Standup comedians such as Russell Howard, Sarah Millican, Catherine Tate, Harry Enfield, Romesh Ranganathan, Colin Cloud, Josh Widdicombe and Jack Whitehall have appeared in or are scheduled to appear in this segment.
Midnight Gameshow From the third series a new segment was introduced called Midnight Gameshow this see Michael go into one of the audiences homes at midnight without them knowing and sneaking in to play a gameshow at midnight in the house of the surprised audience member. Michael asks three questions and celebrity guests also make an appearance
Big Audience Surprise Only found in some of the episodes, Audience Surprise is a part of the show where Michael goes into the audience and will ask people questions until he found the member of the audience he's looking for to surprise them with something about their lives in some way. In the second episode of the second series, McIntyre got a member of the audience up on the stage to play a game titled "Soap or Nope", where an audience member is shown a conveyor belt with actors and lookalikes travelling along it, for the audience viewer to guess whether they were from a soap or not. At the end of the segment, McIntyre introduced the audience member with her long- term pen pal and best friend from Australia, who she had never seen before: hence the fact that the audience member thought that her pen pal was a soap star, stating that she was "definitely soap".
Music Performance In each episode, a guest performer or group will appear on stage with their latest song. In some episodes, the cast of new musicals appear with a number from their show. All Saints, Ellie Goulding, the cast of the musical School of Rock, Years & Years, Tom Odell, Shane Filan, Michael Ball and Jess Glynne are some of the performers to appear on the show.
Christmas Games In Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show there was a new feature of the show where 4 people some celebrities some non-celebrities are playing against each other in festive games. The first game was Tree Decorating and the second was putting food into a fridge.

Series overviewEdit

see List of Michael McIntyre's Big Show episodes

Series Episodes Originally aired Ave. UK viewers
First aired Last aired
Pilot 25 December 2015 TBA
1 6 16 April 2016 28 May 2016 4.22
2 6 19 November 2016 24 December 2016 6.63
3 6 18 November 2017 24 December 2017 6.97
4 8 17 November 2018 12 January 2019 7.58

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category
2017 Won British Academy Television Awards Best Entertainment Performance
Nominated Best Entertainment Programme
2018 Nominated Best Entertainment Performance
Nominated Lew Grade Award for Entertainment Programme


  1. ^ "BBC – Michael McIntyre returns to BBC One". BBC. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ "BBC - Michael McIntyre's Big Show returns to BBC One - Media Centre".
  3. ^ "BBC Shows and Tours - Take Part - Michael McIntyre's Big Show (unexpected star)".

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