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Tonight's the Night
Tonightsthenight bbc.jpg
Genre Entertainment
Variety Show
Created by John Barrowman
Written by Steve Parry
Directed by Marcus Liversedge
Presented by John Barrowman
Voices of Mitch Johnson
Theme music composer Dobs Vye
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Gavin Barker
John Barrowman
Editor(s) Berry English
Tom Locking
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC One / BBC HD (2009)
ITV (2010 - present)
Picture format 16:9
Original airing BBC One / BBC HD:
18 April - 23 May 2009
14 February 2010 - present

Tonight's the Night is a talent and variety television series that premiered on BBC One and BBC HD in 2009. It is presented by actor and singer John Barrowman.[1]

The show allows members of the public to live out their performing dreams with the help of guests from the worlds of musical theatre and pop music. On the 16th March the BBC recomissioned Tonights the night for a second series. This second series will make more dreams come true as the new series will be tied in with the National Lottery and its following lottery draws.



The show was based around making audience members' wishes come true, which meant that the show would end up with ordinary people living out their fantasies for real.

There were no rules as to who could have gone on the show, there were local community members as well as guests who thought they had a hidden talent. Every guest had the help of Barrowman and other celebrity guests.

The studio audience were also involved in the show, as John asked unsuspecting members of the public with a series of staged surprises, making their wishes come true on the night even if they hadn't signed up for the show.

Guests and live shows

  • Episode One - 18 April 2009

The guests were Katherine Jenkins, the cast of Hairspray and McFly. Jenkins performed the song "Kiss from a Rose" from her Rejoice album.

  • Episode Two - 25 April 2009

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  • Episode Three - 2 May 2009

The guests were Ronan Keating, the cast of "La Cage Aux Folles" and Jodie Prenger. Keating performed a heart-warming rendition of his cover version of the Cyndi Lauper ballad "Time After Time" with veterinary nurse Dionne Martin. He also performed his cover of "Suspicious Minds" from his Songs for My Mother album.

Prenger surprised young super-fan Abigail Peters and, together, performed a special rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

The West End cast of "La Cage Aux Folles" sprung a hilarious surprise on unsuspecting audience member, betting-shop manager Sam Searle, from Kent, which landed him performing as a fellow cast member with the cast. John took on a mystery guest, later revealed as television presenter Gethin Jones, in his most dangerous Stage Fright Challenge yet: fire, in which the challengers attempted to master the figure of eight, the tricky reverse pin-wheel and the infamous hot rocks. They also had to pull off an advanced signature move. The studio audience voted and crowned Barrowman as the ultimate victor, resulting in audience member Kevin Hawkins winning a VIP trip to meet dream team Colchester United.

Barrowman opened the show with his rendition of the Queen classic "Don't Stop Me Now" and closed the show with the disco classic "Love Is in the Air".

  • Episode Four - 9 May 2009

The guests were Zac Efron, the cast of "Mamma Mia!" "The Musical" and Alesha Dixon. Efron astonished super-fan Chantelle Owens, when she came face to face with her heart-throb idol. He also surpirsed her with VIP tickets to the premiere of his film 17 Again. Dixon astonished super-fan Paige Phillips and, together, they performed Alesha's mambo swing, debut single "The Boy Does Nothing". Dixon also performed her single "Let's Get Excited" from her album The Alesha Show.

Barrowman surprised accidental-prone chemistry teacher, Dave Brewly, from Milton Keynes. This landed him performing with the slapstick acrobatic act The Acromaniacs, due to him throwing himself into things with dangerous consequences throughout his daily life. Barrowman also surprised musical super-fan, Sam Horsfield. Disguised as Benny Anderson, Barrowman surprised Sam with a staged, murderous performance of the Abba hit "Does Your Mother Know". He later revels his true identity and invites Sam to perform on this week's show. Highly anticipating her dream of performing live to the nation, she performs the dance-pop classic "Dancing Queen".

The fourth week of the show also saw the first part of the Doctor Who Alien Talent Search contest, in which Barrowman, Doctor Who casting director Andy Pryor and talent judge extraordinaire Denise Van Outen, offers one viewer to take part in a specially-written Doctor Who scene, by Russell T. Davies, working with the Doctor Who production team, and shot on the set of the TARDIS.

  • Episode Five - 16 May 2009

Russell Watson was a guest. This episode saw the second part of the Doctor Who Alien Talent Search, with the winner announced at the end of the segment.

  • Episode Six - 23 May 2009

John Barrowman reprised his role of Captain Jack Harkness in the "Doctor Who: Tonight's the Night" special written by Russell T. Davies, starring alongside the winner of the Doctor Who Alien Talent Search[2] competition which aired on the previous two episodes.


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