...on Television

...on Television
Also known asClive James on Television
Floyd on Television
Tarrant on TV
It's Clarkson on TV
GenreComedy
StarringClive James (1982–88, 1997–98)
Keith Floyd (1989)
Chris Tarrant (1990–2006)
Jeremy Clarkson (2020–)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series21
Production
ProducersLWT
(now branded ITV Productions)
Watchmaker Productions/Carlton (1997–98)
Expectation (2020–)
Running time30–60 minutes (including adverts)
Release
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3 (1982–1999)
16:9 (2000–06, 2020–)
Original release
  • Original run : 26 December 1982 (1982-12-26) – 5 October 2006 (2006-10-05)
  • Revival : 25 December 2020 (2020-12-25)
to present
Chronology
Related showsTarrant's Ten Years of Television
Tarrant on CCTV

...on Television or ...on TV, is a long-running late night television programme on ITV. The programme, which was made first by LWT and then Granada Productions, featured a number of clips from unusual or (often unintentionally) amusing television programmes and commercials from around the world.

The show was first presented by TV critic and journalist Clive James between 1982 and 1988, before returning in 1997–98 and by celebrity chef Keith Floyd in 1989. Chris Tarrant took over as host initially from 1990 to 1996 and then again from 1998 until its demise in 2006. On Christmas Day 2020, the show was revived for a one-off special with Jeremy Clarkson as host. Another episode with Clarkson aired in April 2021, with a series of three being broadcast after Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in July 2021.

Early years[]

The show first began in 1982, hosted by the Australian television critic and satirist Clive James. The series showed funny and bizarre clips from TV shows and adverts from around the world, most notably from the Far Eastern countries of Japan and Korea. The series popularised the Japanese show Endurance which followed numerous contestants as they underwent painful tasks around the world.

After James joined the BBC in 1988, celebrity chef Keith Floyd was brought in for a six-episode series in 1989 before Chris Tarrant took over in 1990.

Later years[]

For its tenth anniversary in 1992, Tarrant presented a compilation series entitled Tarrant's Ten Years of Television (later 10 Years on TV), which showed clips from the past five series and specials. It also included extra footage that was deemed unsuitable for transmission in the original show.

In 1997, Clive James returned as host for two series, produced by Watchmaker Productions for Carlton Television, in 1997 and 1998. The series was axed due to poor ratings.[citation needed]

Tarrant on TV[]

The show continued to show bizarre clips from all over the world. But they now often included nudity, strong language, and crude or dark humour. Examples include a Japanese crying contest, a Japanese contraception advert, a profane North Korean propaganda film, and an advert showing eggs being fired from the bottom. Tarrant on TV also began to cover more violent and unusual programming such as the Jerry Springer Show or The Man Show.[1]

With a different presenter, the format was also altered to include a special guest. On 4 April 1992, Mel Brooks appeared on the show. The show's content focused on different types of humour in Sweden, America and Israel. However the celebrity guest format was dropped by LWT because it was deemed too expensive to pay for cinematic clips and a guest star each week.[citation needed]

The last series of Tarrant on TV was in 2005, with a special broadcast in October 2006. The theme tune between 1996 and 2006 was Syd Dale's "The Penthouse Suite".[citation needed]

It's Clarkson on TV[]

On Christmas Day 2020, a revival of the show was broadcast, with Jeremy Clarkson hosting a review of the year's television.[2][3][4] A second episode was broadcast on 2 April 2021 with a series following in July 2021.[5][6][7] Now produced for ITV by Expectation Entertainment,[8] the series has moved away from featuring as many foreign television clips (such as Japanese game show Endurance) as its predecessors, with British dramas such as White House Farm, Quiz and Des critiqued alongside English-language shows on streaming services, such as Love is Blind and Selling Sunset.

Transmissions[]

No full series was aired between 1985 and 1988, in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997; however special episodes were often broadcast.

Regular series[]

Series Start date End date Host
1 26 September 1982 31 October 1982 Clive James
2 23 October 1983 4 December 1983
3 28 October 1984 2 December 1984
4 5 March 1989 16 April 1989 Keith Floyd
5 21 January 1990 25 February 1990 Chris Tarrant
6 (Tarrant's Ten Years of..) 13 February 1993 20 March 1993
7 (10 Years on..) 19 March 1995 16 April 1995
8 8 September 1996 13 October 1996
9 4 January 1998 22 February 1998
10 3 January 1999 21 March 1999
11 4 January 2000 28 February 2000
12 21 January 2001 18 March 2001
13 3 May 2002 5 July 2002
14 12 September 2002 7 November 2002
15 2 January 2003 25 May 2003
16 6 February 2004 22 March 2004
17 (The Best of...) 10 June 2004 1 July 2004
18 8 October 2004 23 November 2004
19 30 May 2005 27 June 2005

Revived series[]

Series Start date End date Host
1 4 September 1997 16 October 1997 Clive James
2 11 November 1998 21 December 1998

Specials[]

Hosted by Clive James:

Hosted by Chris Tarrant:

Hosted by Jeremy Clarkson:

It's Clarkson on TV series[]

Series Start date End date Host
1 10 July 2021 29 August 2021 Jeremy Clarkson


See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ "Chris Tarrant: The all-rounder | Media". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ "It's Clarkson On TV Episode 1". Press Centre.
  3. ^ Darvill, Josh (5 December 2020). "Jeremy Clarkson to review the year's TV in ITV special". TellyMix.
  4. ^ "Jeremy Clarkson takes on Charlie Brooker with Screen Wipe-style TV special". 11 November 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.itv.com/hub/its-clarkson-on-tv/10a0845
  6. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/nkn45h/its-clarkson-on-tv/
  7. ^ https://www.sky.com/watch/title/series/bd99f72c-48dc-4414-91cf-14ec5842fdcf/it-s-clarkson-on-tv-bd99f72c-48dc-4414-91cf-14ec5842fdcf/episodes/season-1/episode-1
  8. ^ http://expectationtv.com/show/its-clarkson-on-tv/
  9. ^ "When is Japandemonium on TV? What channel is it on, and what's it about?". Radio Times.
  10. ^ "Japandemonium - ITV". What's on TV.
  11. ^ "Japandemonium TV Show - Season 1 Episodes List - Next Episode". next-episode.net.
  12. ^ "ITV's new series Japademonium to celebrate the "best and funniest" Japanese game shows". Radio Times.
  13. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Jon Richardson to host Comedy Central clip show : News 2020 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk.
  14. ^ Kanter, Jake (23 September 2020). "Comedy Central UK Greenlights 'Guessable' & 'Channel Hopping With Jon Richardson'".
  15. ^ "News: Comedy Central Shows For Jon Richardson And Sara Pascoe". Beyond The Joke. 23 September 2020.

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