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Friday Night With Jonathan Ross
Genre Comedy, entertainment
Format Chat show
Written by Jonathan Ross
Directed by Various; currently Mick Thomas
Presented by Jonathan Ross
Stephen de Martin
Ian Parkin
David Roper
David Wickenden
(4 Poofs and a Piano)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 18
No. of episodes 257 (as of 12 March 2010) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Addison Cresswell
Producer(s) Suzi Aplin[1]
Location(s) BBC Television Centre
Running time 65 minutes
Production company(s) Hotsauce TV
Original channel BBC One, BBC HD
Picture format HDTV (1080i)
Original airing 2 November 2001 (2001-11-02)
External links
Official website

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross[2] is a British comedy chat show presented by Jonathan Ross. It has been broadcast on BBC One on Friday nights since 2 November 2001. The programme features Ross' take on current topics of conversation, guest interviews (usually three per show) and live music from both a guest music group and the house band. The show begins its eighteenth series in January 2010.[3]

The most frequent guests are Ricky Gervais and Jack Dee (8 episodes each), and Eddie Izzard (7 episodes). Johnny Vegas, Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Clarkson have each appeared in 5 episodes.

Since 2009, the programme has been broadcast in high-definition on BBC HD. Studio TC4 in the BBC Television Centre in London, where the show is made, has recently been upgraded to HD, making it the third television studio in Television Centre to be upgraded to HD (others being Studios TC1 and TC8).

The show was pulled by the BBC on 29 October 2008 when Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand were both suspended from their TV and Radio shows, in the events after the Russell Brand Show prank telephone calls row.[4] The show returned on 23 January 2009, attracting 5.1 million viewers.[5]

On Friday 12 June 2009, the show began airing in the United States on BBC America at 8 p.m. EST. In 2010, the show also started airing on the UKTV channel in Australia, just weeks after the episodes are first aired in the United Kingdom.



The show's format is similar to that of the American late-night talk show format.

The show is usually recorded in Studio TC4 at the BBC Television Centre in London. The house band 4 Poofs and a Piano provide musical backing. The show used to be recorded on a Thursday, but since his return from the Russell Brand incident, it is now recorded on a Tuesday, leading to the show having much less topical humor. (Jonathan's Saturday morning Radio 2 show is now recorded on a Friday instead of being live on the Saturday).

The house band consists of Stephen de Martin, Ian Parkin, David Roper, and David Wickenden. Every time a guest enters the studio, the band will perform a segment of a song, usually one that is fitting to the guest. The four men are very flamboyant when performing and at the beginning of each show Jonathan Ross makes a homosexual innuendo about the group.

There have been a number of recurring themes on Friday Night. For instance, Ross often jokes about the age of veteran TV presenter Bruce Forsyth. This culminated in Forsyth appearing in the opening segment of the show broadcast on 30 November 2007, to supposedly take over as the show's presenter. Ross then appeared and called Tess Daly (Forsyth's co-host on Strictly Come Dancing) to supervise Forsyth safely out, again alluding to his age.[6] Ross has also often made jokes about Heather Mills, the ex-wife of Paul McCartney. During a GMTV interview in October 2007, Mills complained about comments made by Ross.[7] At the beginning of the show, between guests and during interviews Ross often recounts incidents involving his wife, children and pets. He also refers to items in the news and demonstrates amusing products. His guests are seen at the start of the show sitting in the green room and Ross precedes the introduction of each by asking the audience 'shall I get my first/next guest out?'. While interviewing a guest he usually chats with the other guests in the green room.

At the end of the show, there is a musical performance from a performer or a group. There are rare occasions where the performer(s) are interviewed as well as then going on to play their song or sometimes songs, notably all three original members of proto-punk legends The Stooges (Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton) were interviewed together on the show in June 2007 before performing 'I Wanna Be Your Dog'. The American rock band The Killers performed on the show in May 2009. Lead vocalist Brandon Flowers previously had an interview with Ross before playing 4 songs with the band, the most that has ever been performed on the show with an interview until Robbie Williams performed 6 songs on 6 November 2009 after being interviewed.[8]


Ross speaks with a rhotacism, causing him to pronounce the consonant 'r' like a 'w', which has led to the British tabloid newspapers dubbing him "Wossy". He is also known for his flamboyant dress sense and regularly wins awards for being the best and worst-dressed celebrity (when he appeared on the series Room 101, his own dress sense was one of the things he wished to banish). Whilst appearing on They Think It's All Over, his dress sense was frequently mocked by the other panellists.

Ross was even blamed for a textile workers' strike in 1988 — David Cope, a sales director for a dyeing operation, made the claim: "Ever since that trendy Jonathan Ross started wearing his big, baggy suits on television, he set a fashion that has been extremely lucrative for the British cotton industry and now the textile workers want a share of those profits."[9]

Ross is also well known for his distinctive long hairstyle, which creates mixed emotions in many viewers. Ross is also known for owning exotic pets, and is a big fan of David Bowie, British punk rock such as The Libertines, Star Trek, Doctor Who, anime and comic books. Ross has even co-owned a comic shop in London with Paul Gambaccini. He was also the visual inspiration for the main character in the comic book Saviour.


To date, 248 episodes have been shown; the 17th series ended on 18 December 2009.

As well as various Christmas specials, there has also been two special editions with the whole episode devoted to just one guest. Friday Night with Ross and Parkinson aired on 14 March 2008, with the guest being Michael Parkinson. Another, Friday Night with Streisand and Ross aired on 2 October 2009, with a world exclusive interview from actress Barbra Streisand. It was also the first time she had performed on British television.[10]


The show was suspended on 29 October 2008 by the BBC when Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand were both suspended from their TV and radio shows, in the events after the controversy. The guest lined up for the broadcast were Sir David Attenborough, Miley Cyrus, Frank Skinner, The Killers,[11] and Alesha Dixon.[12] He was later given an additional 12-week suspension, and released a statement, reading:

"I am deeply sorry and greatly regret the upset and distress that my juvenile and thoughtless remarks on the Russell Brand show have caused. I have not issued a statement previously because it was my intention and desire to offer an apology to all those offended on my Friday night programme. However, it was a stupid error of judgement on my part, and I offer a full apology." - Jonathan Ross' apology, taken from BBC News.[13]

The comedy stand-up show Live at the Apollo was shown in the 10.35pm Friday night slot during Ross's absence. A new series of the popular comedy stand-up show was quickly commissioned to fill the slot, which featured films for four weeks after the suspension.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross returned on 23 January 2009. The show's return was watched by 5.1 million viewers, and received 25 complaints (protesting the show's return), and 3 messages of support for Ross. Ironically, there were fewer than 25 complaints made about the original incident prior to its reporting in the media.[5]

Finishing with the BBC

On Thursday 10 January 2010, Ross announced that he was leaving the BBC after working for the corporation for 13 years. He will finish his last series of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross before he will leave the corporation altogether, however it is still unknown when he will finish his Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2.




  • 2004 Best Entertainment Performance
  • 2006 Best Entertainment Performance
  • 2007 Best Entertainment Performance

British Comedy Awards

  • 2003 Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

Royal Television Society Awards

  • 2003 Best Entertainment Performance
  • 2004 Best Entertainment Performance


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  2. ^ Known as The Jonathan Ross Show in markets where it does not air on a Friday night
  3. ^ "This week's guests: 9-15 January 2010". BBC Press Office. Retrieved on 9 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Broadcasting - News - BBC suspends Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross". Digital Spy. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ a b "Entertainment | Ross TV return is watched by 5.1m". BBC News. 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Bruce and Tess hijack Friday Night With Jonathan Ross". BBC Press Office. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Heather Mills McCartney breaks down on GMTV". 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  8. ^ Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Hot Sauce production for BBC. First Broadcast 7th November 2009.
  9. ^ "Jonathan Ross the interviewer of choice". London: The Times.. 2005-01-13. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ BBC prank calls row goes to Trust
  12. ^ Cox, Emma (2008-11-08). "I would love to be the new Oprah | The Sun |Showbiz|TV". The Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  13. ^

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