At Last a Saturday Night TV Winner!

Time to give credit in TV land, where credit in TV land is due!

That credit is for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

Well I mean I have been thinking for a while that this show has been a big improvement to the usual prime time Saturday UK schedule ,but now its reached its third series, the format and presenter have settled even more in a Saturday Night Winner!

Since the nineties, Saturday night schedules here in the UK have really lacked a great prime time show with universal appeal. The kind that offers some comedy, maybe a variety act, audience participation and some music.

The only one that has been a major player in recent years would be Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway. They hit the nail on the head with that one, and there is a reason why it has been going as long as it has. But that show can not be on every Saturday and its an ITV show. What about the BBC’s offering?

Which brings us back to Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, where the man of the title and the whole team really deserve a big thumbs up. The show has a presenter who is funny, good with people, plenty of personality and energy. Which is what is needed to carry a good format, something this show delivers on with that its fun audience interactions, music, games and stand up. Particular highlights include the Unexpected Star and Send To All segments. Some shows receive other amusing audience’s (unknowingly) participation with for example last weeks inspired Karaoke bit.

The show has also helped cement M.r McIntyre’s road to being a solid all-rounder presenter for light entertainment.

Photo of Michael McIntyre
By Damien Everett from Southampton, UK (Cropped from Michael MacIntyre at the BAFTA’s) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
You could see that the powers that be saw his potential as more then just a stand up with how they tried him out in different formats such as his own chat show. But you can tell ‘The Big Show is his winning fit.

I look forward to the rest of this all too short series, which will include a Christmas special.

What are your thoughts on the show?

 

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