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The Michael Ball Show is 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.

The Michael Ball Show
Presented byMichael Ball
Composer(s)Music 4
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes30
Producer(s)Spun Gold TV
Production location(s)BBC Television Centre
Running time60 minutes
(including advertisements)
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9
Original release16 August (2010-08-16) –
24 September 2010 (2010-09-24)



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 QuestionsEdit

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
Monday Christine Hamilton
Tuesday Mica Paris
Wednesday Eve Pollard
Trevor McDonald
Thursday Penny Smith
Friday Kim Woodburn
Jackie Joseph

Filming and broadcastEdit

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
1Katie PriceLes DennisKim WoodburnRachel Allen16 August 2010 (2010-08-16)
2Katie DerhamRuss AbbotThe Saturdays • Jo Pratt • Mica Paris17 August 2010 (2010-08-17)
3Joanna LumleyBrendan ColeAdam GarciaRachel AllenJackie Joseph18 August 2010 (2010-08-18)
4Christopher BigginsJennie McAlpineCraig David • Jo Pratt • Penny Smith19 August 2010 (2010-08-19)
5Konnie HuqOmid DjaliliChristine HamiltonRachel AllenCraig Phillips20 August 2010 (2010-08-20)
6Colin and JustinJimi MistryEllie Goulding • Jo Pratt • Christine Hamilton23 August 2010 (2010-08-23)
7Suzanne ShawBill PatersonJoshua RadinMica ParisMatt Tebbutt24 August 2010 (2010-08-24)
8Cameron MackintoshMichael AspelGareth GatesEve PollardPaul Rankin25 August 2010 (2010-08-25)
9Vidal SassoonJodie PrengerGabriella CilmiPenny SmithMatt Tebbutt26 August 2010 (2010-08-26)
10Whoopi GoldbergStephen MulhernJackie JosephEve PollardPaul Rankin27 August 2010 (2010-08-27)
11Jason ManfordTony HadleyKatie MeluaMatt TebbuttChristine Hamilton30 August 2010 (2010-08-30)
12Rick AstleyMichelle CollinsMica ParisPaul RankinHayley Westenra31 August 2010 (2010-08-31)
13Alistair McGowanMaxwell CaulfieldJuliet MillsCast of Billy ElliotEve PollardPaul Rankin1 September 2010 (2010-09-01)
14Brian ConleyKerry EllisBrian May • Jo Pratt • Penny Smith2 September 2010 (2010-09-02)
15Amanda RedmanOlly MursJackie JosephPaul Rankin3 September 2010 (2010-09-03)
16Terry WoganArlene PhillipsPixie Lott • Jo Pratt • Christine HamiltonKatie Piper6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
17JedwardLynda BaronAmy MacdonaldPaul RankinMica Paris7 September 2010 (2010-09-07)
18Alexei SayleAlesha DixonEve Pollard • Jo Pratt8 September 2010 (2010-09-08)
19LuluBruno TonioliTony ChristiePenny SmithClarissa Dickson Wright9 September 2010 (2010-09-09)
20Andrew Lloyd WebberJackie CollinsRamin KarimlooJackie JosephMatt TebbuttHelen Newlove10 September 2010 (2010-09-10)
21Simon CallowDom JolySharon CorrClarissa Dickson WrightChristine HamiltonFrazer Hines13 September 2010 (2010-09-13)
22Michael GambonFiona PhillipsThe ScriptMica ParisMatt Tebbutt14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)
23Richard MadeleyJudy FinniganGareth MaloneMcFlyEve PollardClarissa Dickson Wright15 September 2010 (2010-09-15)
24Imelda StauntonJLSAndré RieuPenny SmithMatt Tebbutt16 September 2010 (2010-09-16)
25John BarrowmanCast of WarhorseAlan DaviesKim WoodburnClarissa Dickson Wright17 September 2010 (2010-09-17)
26Fern BrittonDavid HaigLee MeadRachel TuckerChristine HamiltonPaul Rankin20 September 2010 (2010-09-20)
27Trinny WoodallSusannah ConstantineAlex ReidScouting for GirlsClarissa Dickson WrightMica Paris21 September 2010 (2010-09-21)
28Carol VordermanVal DoonicanCast of Jersey BoysEve PollardPaul Rankin22 September 2010 (2010-09-22)
29Coleen NolanNick MoranCon O'NeillMaroon 5Penny SmithClarissa Dickson Wright • PC David Rathband23 September 2010 (2010-09-23)
30Nigel PlanerMonsters of Doctor WhoHelen WorthGeraldine JamesPaul RankinKim Woodburn24 September 2010 (2010-09-24)

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