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Live at the Apollo
Live at the Apollo Opening Title Card
Presented by Jack Dee (2004–2005)
Guest hosts (2007–present)
Narrated by Patrick Allen
Peter Dickson
Opening theme BBC: Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Dave: Unknown Instrumental
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 30
Executive producer(s) Alex Hardcastle
Running time 45 minutes (30 minutes from series 5)
Original channel BBC One,
Picture format 576i (SDTV),
1080p (HDTV)
Original run 6 September 2004 (2004-09-06) – present
Related shows Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

Live at the Apollo (formerly titled Jack Dee Live at the Apollo) is a British stand-up comedy programme performed from the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in west London.

Jack Dee hosted the first two series and the opening show of the third series, performing a short segment before introducing a guest comedian. To date there have been five series of the show, all broadcast on BBC One. The programme was renamed for its third series which was filmed over three evenings in October 2007. The format was changed to suit with one of the night's performers assuming hosting duties.[1]

A fourth series began transmission on 28 November 2008. It showcased a variety of the newer stand-up comedians. The 4th series was rescheduled from Monday nights to Friday nights to replace Friday Night With Jonathan Ross after the host's suspension in the wake of the Sachsgate row.[2] After hosting the first episode, Michael McIntyre got his own show of a similar format; Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow was broadcast for a series of six episodes in 2009.[3]

A recurring aspect of the show is the host's mobile phone. Introduced during Dee's tenure the number was given to the audience at the beginning of the show. A selection of the comments and jokes sent as texts to the mobile are read out by the host at the end of the show. A recurring text would read along the lines of: "Where's Jack Dee? He's much better.", often from a Mr J Dee of London. This section has however been dropped from Series 4 onwards.

A fifth series began airing in late 2009,[4] the recordings of which took place in October 2009.

All four series are often rerun on TV channel Dave, however the theme tune used on the BBC broadcasts (Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl) has been replaced with another instrumental piece.

It has been stated that the show will return later in 2010 for the sixth series, showcasing some more stand-up talent. [5]


Series 1 (2004)

# Comedian Transmission date
1 Joan Rivers 6 September 2004
2 Ardal O'Hanlon 13 September 2004
3 Jo Brand 20 September 2004
4 Ross Noble 27 September 2004
5 Omid Djalili 4 October 2004
6 Jack Dee 11 October 2004

Series 2 (2005)

# Comedian(s) Intro Music Transmission date
1 Lee Mack Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out" 12 September 2005
2 Dara Ó Briain FatBoy Slim - "Weapon of Choice" 19 September 2005
3 Jack Dee n/a 26 September 2005
4 Rob Brydon Unknown 3 October 2005
5 Marcus Brigstocke & Rich Hall White Stripes - "Blue Orchid" (Brigstocke) 10 October 2005
6 Julian Clary Unknown 17 October 2005

Series 3 (2007)

# Host Intro Music Comedian(s) Intro Music Transmission date
1 Jack Dee Unknown Jason Manford & Russell Howard Killers - "Somebody Told Me (Manford), Killers - "Smile Like You Mean It (Howard) 12 November 2007
2 Jimmy Carr Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" Alan Carr Pulp - "Disco 2000" 19 November 2007
3 Jo Brand Tchaikovsky - "1812 Overture" Michael McIntyre Gossip - "Standing In The Way Of Control" 26 November 2007
4 Lee Mack Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out" Sean Lock Fratellis - "Chelsea Dagger" 3 December 2007
5 Joan Rivers Elton John - "The Bitch Is Back" Patrick Kielty Amy Winehouse - "Rehab" 10 December 2007
6 Dara Ó Briain Basement Jaxx - "Bingo Bango" Stephen K. Amos & Frankie Boyle Justin Timberlake - "Sexyback" (Amos) Beastie Boys - "Sabotage" (Boyle) 17 December 2007

Series 4 (2008–2009)

# Host Intro Music Comedian(s) Intro Music Transmission date
1 Michael McIntyre Kings Of Leon - "Sex On Fire" Rich Hall & Rhod Gilbert Unknown 28 November 2008
2 Al Murray Unknown Shappi Khorsandi & Russell Kane Scissor Sisters - "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" (Khorsandi), Pendulum - "Propane Nightmares" (Kane) 5 December 2008
3 Sean Lock Isaac Hayes - "Shaft" Jason Manford Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life" 12 December 2008
4 Dara Ó Briain Basement Jaxx - "Bingo Bango" Frankie Boyle Unknown 19 December 2008
5 Lenny Henry Unknown Andy Parsons & Ed Byrne Green Day - "American Idiot" (Parsons), AC/DC - "Back In Black" (Byrne) 9 January 2009
6 Russell Howard Kasabian - "Club Foot" Jo Brand Mark Ronson And The Daptone Horns - "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" 16 January 2009

Series 5 (2009–2010)

(Episodes cut down to 30 minutes)

# Host Intro Music Comedian(s) Intro Music Transmission date
1 Jason Manford Muse - "Supermassive Black Hole" Michael McIntyre The Temper Trap - "Sweet Disposition" 4 December 2009
2 Rob Brydon Osmonds - "Crazy Horses" Sarah Millican & Jason Byrne Bonnie Tyler - "I Need A Hero" (Millican), Elbow - "Grounds For Divorce" (Byrne) 11 December 2009
3 Al Murray Queen - "Another One Bites The Dust" Chris Addison & Tim Vine Ash - Angel Interceptor (Addison), Motorhead - "Bomber" (Vine) 18 December 2009
4 Rhod Gilbert John Bishop 19 December 2009 [6]
5 Ed Byrne Pearl Jam - "Even Flow" Adam Hills & Gina Yashere Adam Ant "Goody Two Shoes" (Hills) James Brown "Living In America" (Yashere) 24 December 2009 [7]
6 Alistair McGowan Robbie Williams - "Bodies" Kevin Bridges & Reginald D Hunter 1 January 2010 [8]


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