"No Bulbs" by The Fall
18 (list of episodes)
16 April 2010
Comedy, Talk show
| 6.4/10 |
15 December 2011
| British Comedy Award for the Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Artist|
Room 101, The Graham Norton S, Backchat, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You
Frank Skinner's Opinionated is a British television comedy talk show hosted by comedian Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television for the BBC. The show focusses on various topics in the previous week's news, with Skinner joined by two celebrity guests, also interacting with the studio audience. Each half-hour episode is filmed in a different location around the country. It first aired on BBC Two, with a first series of six episodes broadcast on 16 April 2010, and a second of six more beginning on 25 March 2011. The third and final series began broadcasting on 10 November 2011.
Frank Skinner's Opinionated Wikipedia
The show is a studio based light hearted talk show focussing on events of the past week, with a large amount of audience participation while also featuring supporting film clips. Skinner first opens the show on his own, and in the opening piece outlines what the general themes of the night's show will be. The two celebrity guests then enter the studio, and it proceeds to discuss those topics in more detail, with Skinner guiding the discussion and inviting questions and comment from the audience, some of whom are pre-selected to talk about a specific topic.
The two celebrity guests used each week are all primarily known as or having originated in stand-up comedy, in addition to other regular appearances on comedy or light entertainment television. Some have appeared on more than one episode. The show has featured:Miranda Hart, creator and star of the sitcom Miranda
Al Murray, creator of The Pub Landlord stand-up character
Dave Gorman, creator of the stage show and TV series Are You Dave Gorman?
Laura Solon, sketch comedy character actor and guest on the improv show Fast and Loose
Lee Mack, team captain on the panel game Would I Lie to You? and creator and star of the sitcom Not Going Out
Sarah Millican, stand-up comedian, regular guest on several comedy television and radio series, Loose Women panellist
Karen Taylor, creator and star of the sketch show Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor
Jason Manford, team captain on the panel game 8 out of 10 Cats
Patrick Kielty, host of several light entertainment series
Ross Noble, regular guest on several television comedy shows, notably Have I Got News for You
Katy Brand, sitcom actress and creator and star of Katy Brand's Big Ass Show
Joseph Ireland, Classics teacher at Westminster School and keen speed-dater
A pilot for the show was recorded in December 2009 at BBC Television Centre in London. After the first series was completed, two more series were commissioned. Due to the nature of the series, filming of each episode occurs in the days prior to airing. As such, when promoting the upcoming second series on the BBC's The One Show, Skinner could only refer to film from the previous series.
The studio set consists of just red sofa and chair, with Skinner sitting in the individual seat, and the two guests on the sofa. The show is filmed in various studios around the UK, with the location also forming part of the discussion topics. The first series visited Norwich, Manchester, Glasgow and London, while the second added Maidstone and Salford (near Manchester) as new locations, as well as re-visiting London, Norwich and Glasgow.
Each series contains 6 half hour episodes, broadcast weekly in the 10pm slot on Friday nights on BBC Two. The first series aired from 16 April to 21 May 2010. The second series began airing on 25 March 2011, and finished on 29 April 2011.
The first episode was watched by 1.877 million viewers, an 8.8% audience share, ahead of the first episode of Facejacker (1.186m) on Channel 4, and an episode of Grey's Anatomy (0.853m) on Five.
The song played during the credits and the interludes is "No Bulbs" by The Fall, Frank's favourite group.