No matter what you thought of the whole Russell Brand/Jonathan Ross affair, one thing was always going to be hugely apparent – Jonathan Ross’ suspension has left a huge hole in the schedules. Now, you could argue that this hole shows that the Beeb is too reliant on too highly a paid celebrity, or you could argue that he’s such an A-list broadcaster was always going to leave a gaping hole. Like most arguments, somewhere in the middle of those two views is probably about right. So what is taking the place of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross?
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During the past few weeks, the Beeb has hastily scheduled some rubbish, already-watched-a-million-times movies, but now it has announced that Live At The Apollo will take its place in the schedules until Ross’ return in January.
I read with interest in The Independent today that Argumental – the comedy debating panel show over on Dave – was being linked to a move to BBC One as a short-term replacement (repeating episodes from Dave, which is weird because Dave normally repeats stuff from the BBC). That would have been good, but the confirmation of Live At The Apollo seems to have scotched. I still think Argumental deserves to be seen by a bigger and wider audience, so fingers crossed for that one.
Digital Spy, the site on which I read the Live At The Apollo story, said that Michael McIntyre is lined up to introduce the first show, but no further names haveJoin TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip