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The One Show is a topical magazine-style television programme, broadcast live on weekdays at 7:00 pm on BBC One. It is hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. It runs every week of the year, excluding a two-week break for Christmas. The One Show is broadcast from BBC Media Villagemarker in White Citymarker, London. It is the biggest single commission outside returning drama the BBC has ever handed out.


The One Show was initially commissioned for a four-week trial run. It broadcast on weeknights at 6:55 pm between 14 August and 8 September 2006. The programme was billed as a topical magazine show,that was supposed to showcase stories from around the whole of the united kingdom.The trial was hosted by Chiles and Nadia Sawalha, featuring reports from a variety of people across the UK. The show was intended as an updated version of the 1960–1980s BBC news magazine show Nationwide; its production at the BBC Birminghammarker facilities at The Mailboxmarker may have been a reminder of the popular daytime show Pebble Mill at One, broadcast from the former BBC Birminghammarker studios at Pebble Millmarker.

The show returned, having been revamped as it needed to be, on 9 July 2007. A number of changes were made to the format. The show was moved from Birminghammarker to London.The move from Birmingham to London has led to many comments that the show is a Londoncentric/South east dominated show. Sawalha was replaced by Myleene Klass. Klass left in August to give birth to her first child, and was replaced by Christine Bleakley, and there was also a new team of reporters. It replaced Real Story, and Holiday, which was axed after 37 years.

On Wednesday, 18 March 2009, the show aired for the 400th episode, which was an hour long instead of the usual 30 minutes. From September 2009 The One Show will include a 60-minute episode every week, after successfully trialling the format in May 2009. The hour-long format will continue until December.

For 17 August 2009 to 28 August 2009, Adrian and Christine took time off; they were covered for by four stand-in presenters.Gloria Hunniford and Gethin Jones presented for 17 August to 21 August, andJohn Sergeant and Myleene Klass presented for 24 August to 28 August.

Presenters and reporters

Current team

The One Show team consists of many experts and general reporters, The One Show team for series starting 9 July 2007:

Presenter/reporter Topic Notes
Christine Bleakley Studio presenter Replaced Myleene Klass in 2007
Adrian Chiles Studio presenter
Steve Backshall Nature and wildlife
Clare Balding General reporter
Angellica Bell General reporter
Gyles Brandreth General Reporter Occasional presenter
Mike Dilger Wildlife and ecological
Ellie Harrison Nature and wildlife
Joe Inglis Domestic animals
Colin Jackson General reporter
Dr Sarah Jarvis Health and medicine
Marty Jopson Inventions and technology Noted for being Lord Bath's son
Carol Kirkwood Weather and general reporter
Myleene Klass General reporter Studio presenter (Series 2 July–August 2007; August 2009)
Miranda Krestovnikoff Nature and wildlife
David Lindo Nature and wildlife
Dominic Littlewood Consumer affairs
Dr George McGavin Insects and wildlife
Michael Mosley Health and science
Neil Oliver History
Arlene Phillips Strictly Come Dancing
Anita Rani Current affairs
Jay Rayner Food
Justin Rowlatt Current affairs and ethics
John Sergeant General reporter
Lucy Siegle Environment Occasional presenter
Dan Snow History
Mark Thompson Astronomy
Phil Tufnell General reporter
Christine Walkden Gardening
Rav Wilding Crime

Previous presenters and reporters

Presenter/reporter Topic Notes
Nadia Sawalha Studio presenter Presented the pilot series in 2006
Anna Adams General reporter
Matt Baker General reporter
Mitch Benn Composer Featured on the show, as the composer of "Complaints Choir" songs and lyrics
Kate Humble Wildlife
Martin Lewis Money saving expert
Rajesh Mirchandani General reporter
Carol Thatcher General reporter Removed from the show after racism allegations
Hardeep Singh Kohli General reporter Suspended for 6 months after inappropriate conduct

Guest presenters

Occasionally guest presenters will host the show, usually when Chiles or Bleakley are on holiday or are busy with other TV projects.


The One Showhas attracted many celebrity guests since its first broadcast; these include: Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, John Humphrys, Clive Anderson, Piers Morgan, Alastair Campbell, Bryan Adams, Ricky Gervais, Alesha Dixon, Sir Roger Moore, Andy Murray, Jeremy Clarkson, Patrick Stewart, Morrissey, Adam Sandler, Mr T, Annie Lennox, Sir Ben Kingsley, Boy George, Sir Cliff Richard, Liza Minelli, Katherine Jenkins, Terry Wogan, Westlife, Julie Walters, Jamie Oliverand UK Prime MinisterGordon Brown.

Leona Lewishad been scheduled to appear on Wednesday 14th October 2009, however at book signing for Dreamsin a Waterstone'sbook store at Piccadilly in central London, Lewis was punched in the head by a male assailant. Eye witnesses say Lewis ran out with her hand covering her eye, whilst security wrestled the attacker, who was reportedly laughing, to the floor. The police were called immediately to the scene. Gabby Loganstood in for Lewis.


The original show was transmitted from a temporary studio built at The Mailboxmarker complex in Birminghammarker.Technical facilities were provided by NEP Visions, with an Outside Broadcasttruck parked-up in the loading bay. The show was produced by BBC Birminghammarker, with production input from various BBC regions.The initial four-week run was for test purposes, to see whether the show was successful in attracting audiences, and has been recommissioned on that basis.

When The One Show returned, it was moved to BBC Media Villagemarker in White City, Londonmarker.

The show attracts on average an audience of 4 million viewers; its highest audience figure to date was 5.1 million.

Format and featured stories

As a topical magazine programme,The One Show covers a variety of stories from around the United Kingdommarker.Since the show has began, several experts, as well as presenters from other BBCprogrammes presented certain reports and ran experiments. Among these include:

  • Kate Humble travelling around the United Kingdommarker in search of specific wildlife each day
  • Martin Lewis providing tips for saving money
  • Carol Thatcher attempting to survive for a week on £8.45 a day - the amount Prudential plc estimated many state pensioners were living on after tax deductions.
  • The "Tellycopter" is a notable feature, which debuted on The One Show on 11 September 2009. Its aim is to get Adrian and Christine out of the studio and meeting members of the public. They travel across the UK in a specially designed helicopter.

The format tends to stay the same in each episode, depending on the stories covered or the guest on the show. Generally, the show has a mix of stories from around the UK, followed by discussions with the reporters, experts and the guest. The guest will also usually have a short interview and in most cases the guest has a book or cd to promote.

Notable events

Photo competition -Throughout the initial four-week run, a wildlife photo competition was held, designed to find the best photograph captured by a viewer. The winner, Annie Kerridge, was announced on 7 September2006and interviewed live on the programme. Entries are available to view on the BBC's interactive services.

To aid with sending entries, a special BBC group was set up on photographic sharing website Flickr, where viewers with accounts could upload them

Christmas single -In December 2008 The One Showteamed up with singerand songwriter, Chris Difford, and produced a Christmassingle entitled "Let's Not Fight this Christmas". The song was performed by the whole One Show team and Difford himself, with the music video recorded in the studios of The One Show. The single did not enter the UK top 100.

Apollo 11 anniversary -With the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11Moonlandings, on Friday, 17 July 2009, The One Showteam held a special edition of the show to celebrate them. This included a re-designed set, reports on conspiracy theories and a rocket launch with which to end the show.

Criticism and controversies

In February 2009, Carol Thatcher caused offence with her green roomreference to a tennis player as a golliwogbackstage and has since been dropped from presenting any articles on the show.

In July 2009, presenter Hardeep Singh Kohliwas suspended from the show for six months in relation to improper conduct allegations made by a production assistant. Kohli apologised unreservedly.It has been noted that the One show is a very Londoncentric show.


External links

Guest Presenter Duration Notes
Gloria Hunniford 17 August – 21 August 2009
Gethin Jones 17 August – 21 August 2009
Myleene Klass 24 August – 28 August Former studio presenter, guest presented for one week
John Sergeant 24 August – 28 August General reporter on the show
Lucy Siegle August 2009 Covered for Christine Bleakley for two days
Matthew Wright 25 and 26 June 2008 Covered for Adrian Chiles for two days
Gabby Logan 15 November - 19 November Covered for Christine Bleakly for 4 days
Matt Baker 15 November - 19 November Covered for Adrian Chiles for 4 days

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