Despite this being a modern revival of variety at the London Palladium, the vibe of the show still skews towards the old school. Copacabana legend Barry Manilow will be hitting the hallowed stage, joined by acts including the venerable Chinese State Circus, standup comedian Pippa Evans and an exclusive performance by the newly re-formed Bananarama. Hosting duties are performed by - who else? - Bradley Walsh.Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 10th May 2017
Never mind on-demand and binge-watching: on ITV the age of light entertainment continues like nothing, certainly not the last 30 years, ever happened. Numbers from West End shows, the stars of lightweight pop, inoffensive comedy, Bradley Walsh. All are here for your wholesome, prime-time, family entertainment. Tonight there's swordsmanship from Samurai Hyashi, comedy from Adam Hess and music from James Blunt.John Robinson, The Guardian, 26th April 2017
ITV hasn't nailed the formula for a late-night chat show (although Dermot O'Leary is giving The Nightly Show a pretty good crack), but it's hard to fault its ability to put on a mainstream variety show - if you like that sort of thing. The scheduling feels odd (surely this is one for the weekend?), but the line-up ticks a few boxes. Joining the host, Bradley Walsh, are the Brit award-winning singer Emeli Sande; the magician Pete Firman; the returning pop ensemble Steps, performing their comeback single Scared of the Dark, Ben Forster singing The Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera; and talent from the Chinese State Circus, who will leave mouths agape.Joe Clay, The Times, 19th April 2017
If variety should offer sights you never thought you'd see, this episode is a triumph. Among the entertainments is Jason Manford tap-dancing, a troupe of performing budgerigars and a Chinese group doing a "dance of a thousand hands" that would mesmerise Busby Berkeley himself.
Unlike the rest of the week on ITV, nobody here is buzzered off or pleading for the public to vote for them. They're just good. On the downside, pianist Lang Lang hooks up with Croatian duo 2Cellos for a clattering, bull-in-a-china-shop cover of Live and Let Die. Paul McCartney should sue.David Butcher, Radio Times, 24th May 2015
ITV has apologised after Jimeoin opened his sketch on the family show by making light of Alzheimer's.Tom Bryant, The Mirror, 14th October 2014
SNATP is an unashamedly lowbrow piece of television. I felt slightly grubby just watching Nicole Sherzinger.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 5th October 2014
It's all perfectly fine... but 'fine' is something of a comedown for what was, in its heyday, the must-see show of the week.Steve Bennett, Chortle, 22nd September 2014