A gimmick in the filming of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show has left BBC viewers stunned.
Fans of comedian and The Wheel presenter, 47, were surprised to find that the show’s episodes are not recorded as standalones.
Instead, the pre-recorded portions are not filmed with a certain episode in mind, but are later edited in when the optimum place for them is determined, allowing them to be replaced at the last minute.
Several viewers realised this after TV Zone reported that last Saturday’s programme of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show featured last-minute modifications to the running sequence.
‘Yet more changes to this weekend’s #BigShow episode. This weekend’s Send To All is with Joe Lycett, not Anne-Marie as billed,’ the X account noted.
Retweeting TV Zone, TV fan account Super TV gasped: ‘Have just discovered that Michael McIntyre’s #BigShow isn’t ONE same show every weekend, but actually every single show is chopped up and edited together at seemingly random?
‘Why would they do that?! Michael has to wear the exact same clothes every single time he films?’
Backing up the claim, Luke, who said they were previously an audience member, wrote on X: ‘Yep…when I went we had to sit through a re-recording of a star of the show from the week before due to it not being filmed correctly!’
Others, meanwhile, voiced amazement at how Big Show was recorded, with Beth claiming there had to be some ‘logical choice’ behind the approach.
They continued: ‘Ngl I didn’t know this either and surely it would make more hassle when it comes to editing it? Although tbf there’s bound to be some sort of logical reason because I doubt they’d make things more difficult for themselves than necessary.’
Have just discovered that Michael McIntyre’s #BigShow isn’t ONE same show every weekend, but actually every single show is chopped up and edited together at seemingly random? Why would they do that?! Michael has to wear the exact same clothes every single time he films? 😭 https://t.co/H29Elg35mS
— sᴜᴘᴇʀ ᴛᴠ (@superTV247) January 22, 2024
Suggesting another possible reason behind the making of the show, X account Brekkie swiped: ‘Everything is over edited and overproduced nowadays. They just can’t handle the unexpected.’
On Saturday, Bradley Walsh was the latest star to have their sleep disrupted by the comic during one of the Big Show’s most popular parts.
After shocking his visitor by waking him up, Michael explained that Fanny Chmelar, whose name prompted Bradley to giggle when she appeared in a question on The Chase, would be visiting him.
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When athlete Fanny, 38, rocked up, Bradley exclaimed: ‘I am so sorry! I am so sorry!’ while holding his hands to his head. ‘I didn’t mean to laugh.’
After Fanny disclosed the exact pronunciation of her name, Bradley stumbled as he sought to find the perfect words to speak in her presence.
‘This is really surreal,’ he eventually managed to say. ‘This is the most surreal moment of my life. I am properly sweating. I am actually sweating.’
Big Show began as a one-off Christmas special in 2015, but its success prompted the BBC to commission a full series the following year.
The show contains famous guests, musical acts, Michael’s comedic routines, and guest comics.
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show continues on Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One and iPlayer.