The One Show is a BBC Television magazine programme. Broadcast live on BBC One on weekdays at 7pm, it features topical stories and studio guests. It is co-hosted by Alex Jones, alongside Matt Baker (Mondays to Thursdays) and a guest host on Fridays. Various reporters also assist with subject-specific presenting, both in the studio and on location, or through filmed segments. Originally produced in Birmingham and then in BBC’s Media Village in White City, London, since 2014 the studio is in Broadcasting House, the BBC’s headquarters in London.
Launched with a pilot series in 2006, leading to a full series from 2007, it has had various previous permanent and temporary hosts; the partnership of Jones and Baker began in 2011, with Chris Evans serving as the first Fridays only host from 2010 until 2015. Prior to the introduction of Evans, the longest presenting partnership was Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley from 2007 to 2010. Their easy and approachable on-screen chemistry is credited with boosting ratings after an unpromising start, establishing the show as a popular staple of British viewing.
The programme is ordinarily 30 minutes long, although it is occasionally extended to an hour. It runs all year round, save a two-week break at Christmas and a four-week summer vacation, with the summer slot filled with a highlights show, The One Show: Best of British, presented by Matt Allwright and Lucy Siegle.
Launching the full series represented a major financial commitment for the BBC and was seen by them as a first test of a wide-ranging restructuring of the BBC’s production arm into a more flexible and creative organisation, with the show seen as potential platform for piloting other programme ideas.Format
As a topical magazine programme, The One Show covers a variety of stories, ranging from the light hearted humour to serious issues or tragic current events. The broadcast features a mix of in studio presenting, outside live broadcasting, and pre-recorded segments. Reporters and other experts are included to provide contributions on various topics, both in the studio and as part of segments. Special guests are usually introduced at the top of the show, and remain throughout, often being encouraged to interact with it in various ways, as opposed to simply answering questions. Inside the studio, filming is done in front of a small standing audience, and focuses on two sofas (one for the two presenters, one for guests and contributors) arranged around a coffee table, often serving a practical use, i.e. during food tasting. Use of the forecourt of Broadcasting House for outside live broadcasts are common, allowing for a larger audience and/or a bigger stage for a performance or demonstration. The show will often take an active part in events such as Comic Relief/Sport Relief and Children In Need. Cross promotion of other BBC shows is common, although under BBC rules the show cannot give the BBC preferential coverage.The One Show was initially commissioned for a four-week trial run. It was broadcast on weeknights at 6:55 pm between 14 August and 8 September 2006. The programme was billed as a topical magazine show that was to showcase stories of interest from around the United Kingdom. The trial was hosted by Adrian Chiles and Nadia Sawalha, featuring reports from a variety of people across the UK. The show was intended to be an updated version of the BBC news magazine show Nationwide (1969–83).
After favourable viewing figures for the pilot, the show returned for a full series after being revamped on 9 July 2007. Team members were Adrian Chiles, studio presenter, Hardeep Singh Kohli, head roving reporter, and 13 other reporters or contributors. A number of changes were made to the format. The show was moved from Birmingham to London. Sawalha was replaced by Myleene Klass. Klass then left in August to give birth to her first child, and was replaced by Christine Bleakley. The line-up was completed by the addition of a new team of reporters. The show replaced Real Story, and Holiday.
On 18 March 2009, the show aired for the 400th episode, which was an hour long instead of the usual 30 minutes. From September 2009, The One Show included a 60-minute episode every week, after successfully trying the format in May 2009. The hour-long format continued until December 2009 and was revived in April 2011.
On 13 April 2010, it was announced the show was being revamped with an hour long Friday episode, to be hosted by Chris Evans. He was not due to start until after the summer break, but prior to this, both Chiles and Bleakley departed the show. Chiles left first, being announced on 19 April, his last appearance being 30 April. His replacement was announced as Jason Manford on 26 May, to begin in July. Bleakley continued alongside stand-ins until the last show before the break, on 10 June 2010, with her departure confirmed during the break, on 8 July. The BBC had also confirmed that following the break, The One Show would be broadcast in high-definition, with the set updated to HD standards.
The show returned on 12 July with stand-in presenters. On 26 July, S4C presenter Alex Jones was announced as the new female co-host. The new lineup of Jones and Manford on Monday to Thursday, and Jones and Evans on Friday, did not debut until the week beginning 16 August, Evans’ first show being Friday 20 August.
On Friday 19 November, it was announced Manford was resigning, his last show having been Wednesday as Evans had presented the end of week episode on Thursday due to the Children in Need telethon being on Friday. Filling in, Jones was joined by guest presenters including Matt Baker, Alexander Armstrong and Matt Allwright on Monday to Thursday, with Evans also presenting extra episodes on occasion.
Shooting stage outside the studio
The show began broadcasting from New Broadcasting House on 6 January 2014 with revamped opening title sequence graphics. The opening sequence is also enhanced for the run-up to Christmas each year with extra vocals and visual sparkle.
On 25 January 2011, Matt Baker was announced as Manford’s replacement. On 19 June 2015 it was announced Evans would be leaving, his last show being 10 July 2015. Following the departure of Evans, the Friday show has been presented by Jones alongside various guest presenters, the first being Patrick Keilty (on 17 July).
On 1 February 2016, the show broadcast an extended 1-hour tribute to TV and radio host Sir Terry Wogan, who had died the previous day. This format was repeated (albeit for the usual 30-minute duration) on 31 March 2016 as a tribute to comedian Ronnie Corbett who had died earlier in the day.