British Comedy Guide

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An Audience With...

ITV and Channel 4 variety. 52 episodes (1 series), 1980 - 2011.

Series 1

1. Dame Edna Everage

First broadcast: Friday 26th December 1980

Dame Edna Everage takes questions from a celebrity audience about her life and career.

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2. Dudley Moore

First broadcast: Saturday 26th December 1981

Programme in which Dudley Moore "meets" and entertains celebrity audience including: Shirley Bassey, Adam Faith, Stanley Baxter, Martin Shaw, Robert Powell, Tom Conti, Lulu, Clive James, Rolf Harris and Denis Norden. His special guest is singer/songwriter Christopher Cross.

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3. Kenneth Williams

First broadcast: Friday 23rd December 1983

A virtuoso performance from the comic actor, here recalling some of the funniest moments of his long and varied show-business career in front of a celebrity audience.

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4. Mel Brooks

First broadcast: Saturday 4th February 1984

Programme featuring Mel Brooks who talks about his life and career to an invited audience.

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5. Joan Rivers

First broadcast: Saturday 17th March 1984

Comedienne Joan Rivers talks to a specially invited celebrity audience.

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6. Another Audience With Dame Edna Everage

First broadcast: Monday 31st December 1984

Special featuring the characters created by Barry Humphries, Dame Edna Everage and Les Patterson, KBE -with a live, celebrity-packed studio audience.

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7. Billy Connolly

First broadcast: Saturday 26th October 1985

Billy Connolly offers his unique brand of stand-up humour to a star-studded audience including Twiggy, Clive James, Michael Brandon, Ringo Starr and Samantha Fox.

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8. Peter Ustinov

First broadcast: Sunday 3rd January 1988

Peter Ustinov talks to a specially invited celebrity audience.

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An Audience With.... Victoria Wood.

9. Victoria Wood

First broadcast: Saturday 10th December 1988

Comedian Victoria Wood performs before a star-studded audience including Julie Walters, Dave Allen, Judi Dench and Dawn French, treating her guests to a selection of her celebrated monologues, taking questions from the audience, and performing some witty numbers at the piano.

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10. One More Audience With Dame Edna Everage

First broadcast: Sunday 25th December 1988

A packed celebrity audience joins Dame Edna Everage.

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11. Jackie Mason

First broadcast: Thursday 27th December 1990

American comic Jackie Mason entertains a celebrity audience.

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12. Bob Monkhouse

First broadcast: Saturday 21st May 1994

Bob Monkhouse answers questions from a studio audience that includes Stephen Fry, Mandy Smith, Bill Treacher, comedians Little and Large, and Sir John Mills.

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13. Jimmy Tarbuck

First broadcast: Saturday 22nd October 1994

Jimmy Tarbuck entertains an audience of celebrity guests from the worlds of showbiz and sport with anecdotes about his life and career. The show ends with a jam session with Jimmy on the mike.

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14. Ken Dodd

First broadcast: Saturday 3rd December 1994

Ken Dodd entertains a celebrity audience to celebrate 40 years in show business. Guests include Frank Carson, Paul Daniels, Warren Mitchell, Kevin Whately and Coronation Street stars Liz Dawn, Bryan Mosely and Peter Baldwin.

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15. Shirley Bassey

First broadcast: Saturday 21st October 1995

Shirley Bassey sings and answers questions from a celebrity audience. Songs include Big Spender; Never Never Never and I Am What I Am.

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16. Freddie Starr

First broadcast: Saturday 2nd March 1996

An evening with the outrageous and unpredictable Freddie Starr, as he performs in front of a celebrity audience. Those in the front few rows will no doubt be on their guard.

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17. Sooty

First broadcast: Thursday 24th October 1996

To mark 44 years in show business, Sooty entertains an audience of celebrities and their children with magic, music and comedy.

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18. Bruce Forsyth

First broadcast: Saturday 1st February 1997

Bruce Forsyth celebrates more than 50 years in show business by hosting a variety show in front of a celebrity audience.

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19. Alf Garnett

First broadcast: Saturday 5th April 1997

Actor Warren Mitchell performs as Alf Garnett, the outrageous Cockney bigot, giving forthright opinions on subjects including the royal family, women's rights, religion and cricket in front of a celebrity audience.

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20. Elton John

First broadcast: Saturday 27th September 1997

Elton John entertains a celebrity studio audience, answering questions from the audience and singing songs with his guests.

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21. Another Audience With Freddie Starr

First broadcast: Friday 10th October 1997

Comedian Freddie Starr entertains a celebrity audience.

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22. Ronnie Corbett

First broadcast: Saturday 25th October 1997

Multi-talented Ronnie Corbett entertains a star-studded audience - including Ronnie Barker, Frank Skinner, Damien Hirst, Samantha Janus and Lord Parkinson - with his singing, dancing and piano playing, not to mention a touch of comedy.

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23. The Spice Girls

First broadcast: Saturday 29th November 1997

Special programme in which the pop group the Spice Girls perform in front of a celebrity, and predominantly female, audience. In addition to performing nine of their songs, the members of the group answer questions about their lives and their rise to stardom from audience members.

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24. Rod Stewart

First broadcast: Saturday 30th May 1998

One-off special in which the rock legend performs several of his classic hits, including Maggie May, D'Ya Think I'm Sexy and Sailing; he also duets with Emma Bunton on Tonight's The Night, and with Mick Hucknall and the Irish family band The Corrs.

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25. The Bee Gees

First broadcast: Saturday 7th November 1998

Veteran pop trio The Bee Gees perform some of their greatest hits and take questions from a celebrity audience.

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26. Simply Red

First broadcast: Saturday 12th December 1998

Mick Hucknall and co perform their hits in front of a specially invited audience.

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27. Lennox Lewis

First broadcast: Saturday 3rd April 1999

The British boxer answers questions from a studio audience.

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28. Tom Jones

First broadcast: Saturday 25th September 1999

An entertainment special in which the singer performs a selection of his greatest hits from his long career before an invited celebrity audience.

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29. Cliff Richard

First broadcast: Saturday 13th November 1999

An evening in the company of a star-studded audience and the musical legend Cliff Richard. Featuring contributions from Another Level, Elaine Paige, Vincenza La Scola, Chicken Shed and the Capital Voice Choir.

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30. Diana Ross

First broadcast: Saturday 11th December 1999

Soul diva Diana Ross performs classic songs from her back catalogue and takes questions from the celebrity audience.

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31. Des O'Connor

First broadcast: Saturday 20th January 2001

Des entertains a packed celebrity studio audience.

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32. Ricky Martin

First broadcast: Saturday 10th February 2001

Latin superstar Ricky Martin performs in front of an audience of TV celebrities. He performs She Bangs, Maria and Loaded. He also duets with Kylie Minogue (Livin' La Vida Loca) and Frances Ruffelle (A Little Fall Of Rain). Celebrities asking questions include Cilla Black, David Baddiel, Emma Bunton, Cat Deeley, Julian Clary, Steve Redgrave and Ian Wright.

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33. Kylie Minogue

First broadcast: Saturday 6th October 2001

The Australian songstress talks to a packed celebrity audience and performs a selection of her best loved hits.

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34. Another Audience With Ken Dodd

First broadcast: Saturday 9th February 2002

Legendary showbiz comedian Ken Dodd fields questions from a celebrity audience.

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35. Lulu

First broadcast: Saturday 18th May 2002

Lulu sings duets with Elton John and Sting, respectively Teardrops and Sail On Sailor. She teams up with Enrique Iglesias and Ronan Keating in a set including The Man Who Sold The World, To Sir With Love, First Of May, Light My Fire and Shout.

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36. Brian Conley

First broadcast: Saturday 25th May 2002

All-round entertainer Brian Conley entertains a celebrity guest audience including Edward Woodward, Ron Atkinson and Coleen Nolan.

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37. Donny Osmond

First broadcast: Tuesday 26th November 2002

Donny Osmond is joined by Blue and Westlife in renditions of One Love and Crazy Horses, and is re-united on stage for a performance with his brothers Wayne, Jay, Merrill and Alan.

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38. Harry Hill

First broadcast: Friday 16th January 2004

The comedian entertains an all-star audience.

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39. Joe Pasquale

First broadcast: Saturday 19th February 2005

The comedian, fresh out of the I'm A Celebrity jungle, plays to a host of well-known faces from the worlds of TV, sport and music.

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40. Al Murray - The Pub Landlord

First broadcast: Saturday 19th March 2005

The Pub Landlord entertains a packed celebrity audience with his musings on world affairs, the British Empire, alcohol, and the national anthem.

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41. Joan Rivers

First broadcast: Saturday 14th January 2006

TV special featuring Joan Rivers before a celebrity studio audience.

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42. Another Audience With Shirley Bassey

First broadcast: Saturday 11th March 2006

Shirley Bassey entertains another audience with songs and tales in a celebration of her showbusiness career.

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43. Coronation Street

First broadcast: Saturday 22nd April 2006

The Coronation Street cast entertain a celebrity audience.

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44. An Audience With Take That: Live!

First broadcast: Saturday 2nd December 2006

The recently re-formed band sing their old hits before a celebrity studio audience.

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45. Lionel Richie

First broadcast: Saturday 9th December 2006

Lionel Richie performs a selection of his greatest hits plus tracks from his new album in this star-studded event and invites the celebrity audience to ask him questions. Including performances from special guest stars Westlife and Beverley Knight.

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46. Another Audience With Al Murray - The Pub Landlord

First broadcast: Saturday 27th October 2007

The Pub Landlord, aka comedian Al Murray, performs for a second time in front of an audience of celebrity fans. Recorded only a week before transmission, there's no telling what subjects The Guv might educate his audience on. Will anything compare to last time, when he cajoled Dean Gaffney into singing the national anthem several times?

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47. Celine Dion

First broadcast: Saturday 22nd December 2007

Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion performs her greatest hits in front of a star-studded audience, and fields questions from famous faces who have a chance to find out what makes one of the world's best-selling female recording artists tick.

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48. An Audience Without Jeremy Beadle

First broadcast: Friday 16th May 2008

A tribute to the late TV presenter Jeremy Beadle (1948-2008).

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49. Neil Diamond

First broadcast: Saturday 31st May 2008

In his first UK televised special, Neil Diamond treats his celebrity fans including Dame Judi Dench, the Zutons, Blur's Alex James, Alison Steadman, Ben Miller, Michelle Collins and Samantha Janus, plus the viewers at home, to a selection of his career-defining songs including Sweet Caroline, America, Cracklin' Rosie and Love On The Rocks. He also performs some hits from his number one album Home Before Dark, including the title track and Pretty Amazing Grace.

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50. Donny & Marie

First broadcast: Wednesday 11th November 2009

Donny and Marie Osmond bring us a taste of their hugely successful Las Vegas show and answer questions from a celebrity audience about three decades as showbiz superstars. It is over 20 years since the famous siblings last performed together in the UK, and today they sing some of their greatest hits as well as songs from their Vegas show. Highlights include a frenzied version of Crazy Horses by Donny, and Marie's huge hit Paper Roses.

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51. Michael Bublé

First broadcast: Sunday 23rd May 2010

Superstar singer Michael Bublé hosts a very special show in which he performs some of his best-loved songs including Everything, Home and Haven't Met You Yet as well as his versions of classics such as Cry Me A River. Michael is joined by - and answers questions from - a star-studded audience which includes Paul O'Grady, Dermot O'Leary, Joe McElderry, Keeley Hawes and Holly Willoughby.

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52. Barry Manilow

First broadcast: Friday 28th October 2011

Barry Manilow, accompanied by his orchestra, performs many of his best-loved songs including Copacabana, Mandy, Could It Be Magic, and I Write The Songs. The international superstar also answers questions from a celebrity audience about a career that spans five decades.

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