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Broadcast at around eleven pm on a Friday night the Johnathan Ross show has a similar format to that of the large well known American chat shows like Letterman and Jay Leno. The series that is being filmed and shown currently could be the last ever or definitely for a long time on this channel as Johnathan is leaving the BBC so watch it while you can. If you miss the original airing on a Friday there is a repeat in the very early hours of Sunday morning and of course you can view it using the excellent BBC iPlayer for seven days.
At the beginning of each programme Johnathan Ross makes his entrance, greets the audience and then normally delivers an opening monologue referencing current affairs, celebrity news or other quirky stories. He introduces his house band which normally sings and then we see who is in the green room waiting to sit on the sofa and talk to the host. The guests are sometimes major Hollywood stars and all kinds of people with varying levels of fame. During the show there are normally 3 people who are interviewed by Ross and then the programme is very often ended by a musical act. More often than not it is just an individual who is interviewed but every now and again a few cast members from the same programme come on to the show together, this happened for example when the two adults and the three children from the comedy Outnumbered were featured. The musicians who close the show fairly often just play the one number but on special occasions they may perform two or three, this was the case when Robbie Williams was a guest once and I have seen Coldplay do this also.
On other British talk shows often the interview is purely about the celebrity or the person in the chair but on this programme Johnathan Ross is quite involved and the show is as much about him as the guest, I have heard people mention this in a disapproving way but I do not see it as too much of a problem. There are rumours that Graham Norton is set to replace Ross and I like the idea of this as I really enjoy the relaxed style of his show on the same channel.
It really depends who is going to feature on that week's edition as to whether I enjoy watching or not, Tina Fey was an interesting interview recently and Kiefer Sutherland also, these two demonstrating the quality of stars the programme can attract.
It is an entertaining watch on a Friday night but all shows like this depend on how interesting or how much charisma a guest has, I have learned from American late night and chat shows in the United Kingdom that just because someone is a massive movie star or unbelievably beautiful does not guarantee they have anything interesting or gripping to say.
The show probably could benefit from being freshened up as it has been the same for a number of years and hopefully the correct host will be chosen
One programme that leaves me sitting on the proverbial fence is Friday night with Jonathan Ross. Sometimes I watch it and love everything about it. Other times Jonathan and everything else about his show irritates the hell out of me.
Jonathan Ross is a BBC tv personality. Although in the last year he has become more infamous for his prank call on live radio to tv actor Andrew Sachs. This in my opinion was more offensive for its childishness more than anything else. The sexual references to Sachs grandaughter, along with his equally attention seeking friend and co phone hoax caller Russell Brand made me realise that Ross was a very childish and crude individual who would stop at nothing in order to draw attention to himself. This however was his downfall and he was banned for a number of months from the BBC.
However, I do not understand why Ross seems to always want to revert to crude and un pc material in order to raise a few embarrased titters from the audience. He is a naturally witty man, and as a presenter I like his charm and warmth. However his insistance on aiming to shock is one which has become increasingly tiresome.
I do believe this BBC1 chat show which is aired on a Friday night should be renamed 'Its Friday night lets forget the show and talk about me with Jonathan ross' As even when he manages to bag top A list Hollywood stars for his talk show he manages to revert all questions back to himself. It is so obvious that he is not listening to what his guests are saying and the cogs in his brain are almost steaming while he is thinking how he can get a cheap laugh and bring the subject back to him.
In all fairness, he does have some fantastic guests on his show. There is always a fantastic mixture of homegrown British tv personalities along with Hollywood actors and high profile recording artists. Ross is so confident that he does not appear over awed by even the most highest profile celebs. He always manages to make the chat seem informal and warm. He is clever in the way that he uses his friendly and open charm to probe a particularly sensitive subject with the stars.
I love the set of this show. The set is very sleek and modern. The warm reds against the cool blue colours creates a very cool ambiance. The guests always make themselves comfy on the large leather sofa. Whilst Ross sits behind a desk. I think this is inspired by American talk shows such as Letterman.
There is usually three guests who come on to his show to chat. There is also always a fourth guest which is a performing artist or band that will perform at the end of the show. I do enjoy this part of the show, as Ross is a front runner in showcasing bands from all sectors of the music world. From indie to emo. I think this is fantastic as it offers an alternative to safe classical artists.
If you are looking for classical in this show, then you wont be disappointed. This show uses a piano to play their guests on. Not only that there are four 'poofs' around it. I love these guys. They are as camp as Christmas and put their everything into the little dittys they perform as the guests enter onto the show. I love the cute and quirky t shirts they wear with the face of the biggest celebrity gracing the show that week.
There are so many great qualities about this show. I do enjoy watching it very much. I have to say I couldnt imagine any other host. However I still find wossy (he cant pronounce his r's) very irritating. He is very loud and brash but then again maybe this is what makes the show so fresh and contemorary compared to other talk shows.
This show in format is like the modern day Parkinson. However it offers more in the way of glamour and humour. I do think that Ross has a greater warmth than Parky. But I just wish he would learn to shut up and let the guests do the talking. Then this show would be perfection!!
I am sure I am not alone in thinking that there will soon be a sad loss to the Friday night TV schedule. Given the news this month that Jonathan Ross is set to quit the BBC later this year, this spells the sad demise of one of the most unique and enjoyable chat shows.
Is it due to his contract not being renewed? Is it due to wage cuts? Is it due to the fallout from the sachsgate scandal that involved "Wossy" and Russell Brand a couple of years ago. Or is our beloved Jonathan just wanting to try something new and head in a direction away from Auntie's thumb which has seen him increasingly censored since "that" prank call.
Rumour has it that the BBC offered the host spot to Michael Macintyre, yet he knocked them back preferring instead to work on his blossoming comedy career. I think if the BBC are trying to keep the show going without Ross then they are sadly missing the point. Ross made the show what it was. I'm sure I am not alone in saying that I would watch the show regardless off the guests he had on that particular week because the host himself was the main draw.
Whether it be a Hollywood A-lister or a member of the England cricket team, the format of the show worked because Ross carried it so well.
Whether you like the man or not, Jonathan Ross is an entertainer, that much you can't dispute. He's not PC, he oversteps the mark on occasions, but in honesty what good comic doesn't at some point. His jokes are edgy, designed to induce delight and disbelief in equal measure.
Friday night with Jonathan Ross consistently pulled in the stars that were hot and in the public eye. When we won the Ashes he had Stuart Broad, when David Haye became world heavyweight champion he was on the sofa the following Friday.
I'm not sure any other British host could attract the quality of interviewee that Ross could.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and one only needs to look at other current chat shows that lean heavily on the successful Friday night... formula. Alan Carr's Chatty Man, The Graham Norton show to name but two.
Ross paved the way for these sorts of shows and consistently raised the bar and pushed the limits.
The difference between Ross and a lot of his peers is that the persona on screen is very much like the man himself. Indeed, he maintains genuine friendships with a lot of the guests that come on his show. This, again, sets him apart from other hosts as his guests are a lot more relaxed in his company. Watching friends banter amongst each other is far more entertaining than a chat show host trying to get a sentence out of a guest who really does not want to be there.
Being the host of the BBC's film review show also gave Ross access to all the major Hollywood stars. I'm sure when they had a new movie or new album to promote in the UK he would have been the first name that a lot of them would have considered.
Ross also used his show to promote new British artists as well as established acts. From Florence and the Machine and Little Boots to Robbie Williams.
On the subject of music, Ross' house band 4 Poofs and a Piano offered excellent renditions of popular songs whenever a guest came out from the green room.
The Green room was another idea which I had not seen before Friday Night..., it was often fascinating to see how the guest would interact. Sadly they knew they all had to be well behaved as Ross often turned to the Green room cameras to talk to all guests at the same time.
I just do not see this show working without the great man himself. More to the point I'm not sure a new host would draw in the calibre of guests or the audience figures that Ross commanded. I am far more likely to follow the host on to his new ventures than I am to stick with a formula that in my opinion will not offer any enticement without him.
Ross was the show and without him it would be like watching Big Brother without Davina, or X Factor without Simon Cowell...it just would not seem right.
As a final side note, the latest rumour I heard was that Wossy had been approached to do a chat show in the US with Chelsea Handler, star of the Chelsea Lately show. This combination could be dynamite in my opinion as she is one of the few American hosts that really gets the dry British sense of humour.
...I wait with baited breath...
This show has received a lot of press coverage lately so I thought I'd review it before it hits the archive as it'll soon be drawing to a close (yes, it's a sad time).
Friday Night With Jonathon Ross is a comedy chat show which has been running for almost 9 years now. It was first broadcast on BBC1 in November 2001 on Friday nights and is hosted by Jonathon Ross, hence the title. It was taken off air in Oct 2008 following the notorious telephone prank with Russell Brand, but it returned early 2009.
This program is extremely well-known, so I would be surprised anyone hadn't heard of it, if not seen it. The show as a whole has a trademark reputation, from the presenter to the style of the show & set, it all comes together well to give it a strong image.
You always know it's Jonathon Ross when it's on tele because of the modern, funky purple set, and, of course, Mr Ross himself. The in-house band also distinguishes the program, where the music is provided by the trademark pianists & singers, Four Poofs & A Piano. The mickey-taking and general laid-back nature of the program, as shown by the relationship between the band and Ross, give the program a down-to-earth and easy to watch appeal. I also really like that it has a unique feel to it, setting it apart from other chat shows and giving it a signature of its own.
There's a rough framework to the show, including the introduction, general talk from Ross & the intro of the special guests & band, talk with individual guests & views of the green room, and a performance by the guest band.
Some of the most popular guests have included Jeremy Clarkson, Stephen Fry & Jack Dee. As an example, this weeks program includes Billie Piper, Alan Carr & Alicia Keys. Guests are generally quiet varied, but always include some well-known faces. Regardless of who he speaks to, Ross is able to generate plenty of interesting chit chat with a comical and light-hearted edge.
It was recently announced that Ross will be leaving the BBC, though I don't think there's a set date for his departure yet. This means he'll also be finishing the BBC2 Radio show, which airs on Saturday mornings. It'll be a shame to see him go, even if you're not an avid watcher of his Friday Night show, because he's a much-loved host for his down-to-earth, warm and comical appeal.
To support the view that this is a popular & recognised program, it's also won several awards. These include 3 BAFTAs & a couple of Royal TV Society awards, amongst the many newspaper headlines & press coverage the show has encountered.
The program is currently on its 18th series, showing at 10.35pm BBC1. Would I recommend watching it? It may be on its way out soon, but I would recommend taking a look - it's easy to watch and doesn't take itself too seriously. That said, Ross is able to keep the focus directed and hold the show together neatly, rather than it being a mish-mash (like some other haphazard celeb chat show attempts lately!).
I'll be sad to see him go, even if it's not necessarily a program I would avidly make an effort to watch religiously every week. This is why I've given it 4 stars; there's not always enough 'oomph' to make me want to make that effort to watch it all the time, but I can't quite put my finger on why not. Perhaps it's the general chit-chat, which some people are big fans of, but others not so much. None the less, Ross, with his quirks, reputation & rhotacism (pronouncing 'r' as 'w'), does he job brilliantly and has brought a warm spark to this program.
It has recently been announced that Wossy is leaving the BBC and moving on to pastures new... apparently it has nothing to do with the money, perhaps last year's phone scandal is at the root of his decision, who knows? But until summer Ross's Friday night chat show will remain on our screens.
During this prime time chat show, which airs on BBC1 at 10.35pm on a Friday night, Ross interviews approximately three stars (that are usually famous singers, actors, comedians or authors). There is also a musical act sing live at the end of the show, although Ross doesn't always interview this act.
Each guest is introduced by Ross and then Four Poofs and a Piano - a act that work on Ross's show each week - sing an introductory song that each guest walks out too.
Personally I find that the celebrity line-up is usually very hit and miss. Sometimes three major stars with colourful lives and interesting careers will be interviewed and other times there will be three relatively unknown people that don't particularly interest me on the set.
Although I think that Ross is an interesting, flamboyant character, his interviewing style really irritates me. Instead of letting the person he is interviewing talk, he is constantly cracking jobs and adding personal antidotes. I also hate how he flirts with every woman who comes onto the show and is every guest's biggest fan - it just comes across as fake and sometimes I cringe at the compliments he lavishes on guests.
When Ross started this prime time chat show he was billed as the new Parky, but for me he isn't a patch on Michael Parkinson because Ross seems to forget who the star of the show is.
The quartet - Four Poofs and a Piano add a nice light-hearted edge to the show and the live music rounds each show off nicely.
Although I do enjoy Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (let's face is, there isn't much else on), I won't particularly miss Wossy's self-important interviewing style.
I have just had to sit through 'So you think you can Dance'. This is the BBC`s follow on hybrid talent show to 'Strictly', and again involves the public and a judging panel to vote off the contestants every week. But why on earth does the BBC think a queue of young people who clearly regularly audition for West End shows and are clearly very good at what they do will make for a good Saturday TV talent slot? What exactly is going to happen to the eventual winner other than they will be third dancer on the left for Cats, what they would have been anyway? It's not like there is a top 40 of dance performer's charts out there and great riches await.. Whats next, top grit men? How poor and dumbed down is the BBC going to get and why are they still dumping their best talent, Jonathan Ross the latest to be made to walk the plank in this pious morality crusade by the overpaid bosses. Im fed up of the dross on this channel.
The furore over Ross last year was very annoying. In fact Andrew Sachs had a very good year in 2008 with lots of bookings because of the Ross/ Brand stunt. All good publicity is good publicity in showbiz and I'm pretty sure his agent stoked the situation for his clients benefit. His busty niece, she of the still unsigned rock band Satanic Sluts, who, rather ironically with a band with that name, was also offended by Ross and Brands puerile comments, also had a good 2008. What irritates me most is all concerned who pumped that story and said they spoke for the general public benefited financially from it, including the Daily Mail. It was puerile stunt but we are all hypocrites if we say we don't do those things now and then. Being silly can be the best fun of all.
Ross, of course, has been sacked/resigned (most say constructive dismissal) and was offered just one fifth of his original contract to continue with the BBC. Ross has turned down that new deal and sure to do a Morecombe & Wise and spear ITV's resurgence. Jonathan's cannon of work has splayed all over the terrestrial channels and I feel a big loss to the BBC. They effectively forced him out for doing exactly the type of edgy telly he's contracted to do and why he's paid so much, more hypocrisy from the BBC. No one else has his command and charisma to get A-List stars on their chat shows and if that irritating camp seal clapping Graham Norton gets Ross's Friday show I for one won't be watching any more, especially as he has made far worse comments on his BBC 2 show to guests and members of the public than Ross ever did. But because he is very gay and camp he seems to be able to get away with it. The rumours are very strong he will get the show. I suspect film critic Mark Kermode and his hag Simon Mayo, being bumped up to telly now that Radio five is moving north, will get Ross's Film 2010 spot.
Its late night Friday telly and Ross the confident anchor. His guests are introduced from the green room to exaggerate Ross's control, before being accompanied to the sofa by a topical house band 'Four Puffs and a Piano', which isn't homophobic as the band are all gay and chose the name. Once on the comfy Sofa the towering and attractive six-foot-three frame of Jonathan Ross (pumped up on his elevated desk and chair) lets his ego to work on the often self-important celebs, everyone from Tom Cruise to Jordan dressing the leather. Jonathan does has his favourites that come on even when they have done anything and so nothing to plug but it's generally someone who has a film or TV show to sell. Ross was smart in he could get them to chat about something else without grovelling away like that old sycophant 'Parky' used to do. It's reciprocal as far as the show goes, the show needing the big name celebs and the big name celebs needing the show, this one top of the talk show pile to go on when the big boys are in town. Whether they will come on with more cringing chat from Norton is another story. These big stars are very precious and like to agree a set couch time and what questions are asked.
Ross has famously made a few of them blush over the years and sometimes he does go to far to feed his ego, but only in the context that real stars personalities and lifestyle are sanitised from TV in the first place and so those comments are what the audience secretly want to hear. His most memorable ones were cringing and not becoming of the BBC. He once inquired whether Sienna Miller was wearing any knickers as he leered at her never- regions and went one further by announcing to the gorgeous and likeable Gwyneth Paltrow, who was and still is married to the Coldplay guy, that he would like to have sex with her but using the 'F' word, all this allowed to be broadcast to millions of viewers. The most memorable one for me for Ross, who is a confirmed lefty, was inviting David Cameron on and then slaughtering him, the best line being: 'Did you or did you not have a w**k thinking of Margaret Thatcher?' Now that was incredibly crass and puerile but Cameron is this old Etonian Tory boy hiding behind this constructed image appealing to the masses and he needed to be knocked back into reality.
Today, 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' is just that and only about him, reasons enough to end the show and his involvement in it. Most of the interviews are dull and the big names on the defensive as they know what's coming. I understand that the big name females are particularly reticent to com on and somewhat intimidating with his need to flirt with them. Although the BBC wanted to sack him during the Russell Brand thing I suspect that ego was the real reason. And whilst we are on the wage hacking crusade at the BBC then how about the Chairman and Directors having a wage cut for turning out continuous dribble?
Show time is BBC1 - 10:35pm every Friday night ....
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is my favourite TV programme for Friday nights and they just wouldn't be the same without him. This is a comedy/ interview/ entertainment show that airs on BBC1 at 10:35 on Friday nights although not all year round. Obviously Jonathan Ross is the presenter of the show and he is joined by musical group 'Four poofs and a piano'. Each episode Ross interviews between 3 and 4 guests from the entertainment world and there is also a musical performance at the end of each show. Sometimes the musical guest is interviewed as well but this doesn't happen very often. Throughout the show, Ross interacts with the guests waiting in the green room who are quite often drinking before their time on air.
I think Jonathan Ross is either a love him or hate him kinda guy but I love him. I haven't been watching this show for that long but now I cant stop. Ross is in a league of his own when it comes to interviews and it is no wonder that he hasn't been sacked after all of the bad press that he got a while back. The only other interviewer that is close to being as funny as Ross is Alan Carr but their styles are very different. One of the reasons why this show is so popular is due to the fact of the A list celebrities that Ross manages to get. No other show has a line up quite like this one and that is what keeps me hooked.
Ross himself is a bit crazy most of the time but he has a lot of fun while doing his job. Most of the guests join in with his nutty antics which makes the show as funny as it is. When it comes to British guests, Ross normally takes no time in picking on them (most recently I can remember it being Gordon Ramsey) but everyone knows that Ross has a lisp and they make an effort to pick on him as well so he deserves everything he gets but it is all done in good fun.
As I said before, there have been some major A list celebs on the show in the past like Quentin Tarantino, Tom Hanks, Lady GaGa, Rihanna and Christopher Walken as well as many British celebs and comics. It is quite well known that Ross loves films so a lot of the time his guests are promoting a new film and it always seems like he has actually watched it before hand although he does tell everyone that it was fantastic. Ross has a fantastic way of asking very serious questions, mainly about the guests current project but he mixes his questions with comedy at the same time. Some of the American guests are a little put out at times as they don't understand his humour but most of the time, they try to keep up with him and give him some banter back.
The show can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to the guests so I normally look up who will be on it before watching it. I do love when there are some amazing film stars on the show though because I am a huge movie fan with a ever growing DVD collection so it is always really interesting to hear what they have to say and where they get their passion and drive from. The musical guests aren't always my cup of tea so this is normally where I turn the channel over and watch something else if it doesn't interest me.
This show has been going for a long time now but how long can it go on for before the guests just keep getting repeated? If this ever happens, it will feel like we have seen it all before so I'm hoping Ross can keep up with any new talent and keep giving us amazingly funny interviews.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is a funny chat show hosted by, surprise surprise - Jonathan Ross! And would you like to guess what night of the week you get to watch this delight? Yes, Fridays! It's broadcast at 10.35 and lasts an hour. The show is filmed in front of a live audience on a Thursday night.
Jonathan Ross is a really well known presenter who also has a show on the radio and another television programme in which he reviews films. He is extremely well known for his... interesting sense of style. He is also known for his distinctive way of talking with his inability to say Rs which can be quite humourous with Christopher Walken making fun of him on a recent episode of the show. He's also dubbed by the media as 'Wossy' due to his speech impediment. His humour can cause some controversy so if you're easily offended...he's one to avoid.
The opening credits show many of the celebrities all floating in pink bubbles on a purple background, similar to what you see in a lava lamp.
Ross comes out and tells a few jokes, usually to do with current issues. He also introduces the house band which is usually 'Four Poofs & A Piano' who then perform. He then sits at his desk and introduces his guest on the show usually of which there are 3 and then also a band.
Then follows the interviews with the guests which are usually pretty comical, but if anyone remembers Lady Gaga on the show, they'll know that it can be quite difficult for Jonathan Ross to get some humour out the guests. Each guest is introduced and a song is sung by the house band for them. Then finally, there is a performance from the band.
Throughout the show, there is also a bit of banter between Jonathan Ross and the guests in the 'Green Room' which is actually red.
There have been many guests on Jonathan Ross, but there are a few who appear extremely frequently. Ricky Gervais has appeared 9 times, Jack Dee has been on 6 times and Jonny Vegas & Stephen Fry have both appeared 5 times so far. Other guests have included Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Christopher Walken, Shakira, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sarah Jessica Parker and loads more. As you can see, there are some extremely big names there which is the usual with Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.
This is essential Friday night viewing! I always enjoying watching Jonathan Ross and there are usually a couple of guests that I would really want to see, all trying to the plug their latest movie/book/whatever. I do wish that Jonathan would interview the bands that perform at the end of the show though. For example, Green Day appeared on the show recently and I would've loved to hear from them. But I suppose he wouldn't have enough time to interview the rest of the characters.
I also feel like the show is quite heavily edited, the guest and Jonathan could be having a good conversation and then all of a sudden it seems as though the guest is being cut off abruptly and put on another topic.
It can be quite offensive and has received many complaints in the past, but I don't usually take offense to comments that Jonathan Ross says but I can see why people would get upset at some remarks.
Overall, it's a good laugh. It's always very enjoyable, even when they have a rubbish guest on who Ross is having difficulty interviewing as it's quite funny to see Jonathan Ross struggle and in later shows he usually refers back to that episode saying how rubbish the guest was. If you haven't watched this before, I would really recommend it.
Jonathan Ross has recieved alot of bad press recently. He may be guilty of making some inappropriate jokes, but he is amazing. I love jokes that are contraversial and politically uncorrect and think people need to calm down and stop having a go at Ross.
He has a couple tv shows and a radio show, but is best know for his series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. I love this show. Ross always manages to get A list celebrities, ranging from Hollywood actors and singers to politicians. The interviews are basic but set up many jokes. Ross always manages to subtely make fun of his guests in a light hearted manner.
The show is about an hour long, (on friday nights hense then name) on BBC 1 and he usually has 3 guests as well as a band at the end of the show playing when all the credits come on screen. There have been many, many seasons to date and it does not look like he is stopping.
The only downside is its on quite late and its a friday, so often miss it, but with the miracle that is bbc iplayer there is no problem.
I'm in two minds over Jonathan Ross. I neither dislike or like him and at times I do think he's quite funny. Despite the fact that it feels as though FNWJR has been on our screens forever it's only been going since 2001. OK, maybe to some people that's long enough but I'd always assumed that it had been running for far longer.
For those who don't know about it this is basically your typical comedy chat show, obviously presented by Jonathan Ross. The guests are mainly on the show to advertise maybe a product they're selling or a film or TV programme they're in. Usually there is a maximum of three celebrities to interview, along with a band or singer to perform a song at the end of the show. It also includes its own houseband Four Poofs and a Piano.
Naturally the guests which are involved make a big difference to the programme. Sometimes they're just not that great at being interviewed or maybe they're a bit uncomfortable about the questions they're being asked. Sophie Anderton was a bit boring, Michael C Hall (ITVs Dexter) seemed a bit nervous whilst Annie Lennox did appear to be trying to hard to be funny. On saying that if you know Jim Carrey or Quentin Tarentino are going to be on you know it should be a good episode.
Regular guests are Ricky Gervais and Jack Dee, both appearing over 5 times. You can say what you like about the pair of them but they don't usually disappoint when they appear on your screen. It's possible to say that you know what you're going to get from their interviews and how they're going to react to different questions.
Before the whole 'scandal' situation which happened last year concerning Andrew Sachs I think he has toned down some of his material slightly. Not much mind you, but enough for you to notice a tiny difference if you are a long term watcher.
Whilst Jonathan Ross sometimes has a controversial sense of humour I think everyone who appears knows what they should expect with their interview. Occasionally you get the impression that they are waiting for something to be said concerning an event in the media.
This is a funny and entertaining programme to watch on a Friday night. It airs on BBC1 at 10:35pm and what with the approaching Strictly Come Dancing you can guarantee that jokes about Bruce Forsythe will appear. Although he does come very close to crossing the line with his humour and questions he is good at asking the right stuff. The majority of the time Ross manages to make the most out of his guests and gets the show to be as entertaining as possible.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
BBC - ONE - Friday's 10.35pm
Genre - Comedy Entertainment
Format - (4) guests usually, mainstay band 4 poofs and a piano, the green room where guests mingle and have a skin-ful before the interview onslaught, and a guest band for the finale.
Please Sir, can I have some Phroar!
Dosed up to the eye-balls with cash from our BBC licence payers, thrown to the exile lions last year, sours the BBC tone to depths of sordid anecdotes every week; and what you get is the 'fire-proof' Jonathan Ross.
ITV have been after him for years, but will have to induce extra lucrative deals with Microsoft advertising every 7 minutes to make Ross's head turn to the other side. Then again his package as vast as it is reported to be, it certainly brings a tear to your eye, in humour and of course the size of it. - I'm sure Andrew Sachs has a few four letter words to say about that.
When it is too hot to stay in the kitchen Ross slips on his chefs hat and energetically chops up a rocket salad; admiration, or is it blatant arrogance. The Beeb certainly have a prize bull-fighter on the pay-roll who can turn the screw, roll with the media punches Liam Gallagher style and be as smooth as Dr. Fox; it maybe even worth an applause, perhaps a slow one. Ross's entertainment value is far from the relaxed mono-toned Radox treatment Parkinson has engaged us with for many years, and now has run it's course, sent out to the 'knackers Yard'. Ross is edgy, spirited, colourful, and makes you scream 'blue murder'. - Only Ross would get away with that. Sachs is a whistle away to the nearest cop shop. Brand is now on the tax credit circuit, jollying on with his winkle.
Ross however is walking the walk only he knows best, with satirical quips that refresh hearts and boldly entertains in our mist of robust depressive recession that the bankers only reap from, with Ross styled bonuses. Thanks to a disgraceful banking reform system that has more get out clauses than Houdini on stage. I can stomach Ross's abundance of fees, because he is the ultimate survivor as far, due to true beefy entertaining and you know he works hard in the land of radio and TV. You see him at work, building up gags and being at the helm of the TV presenter homage. Whether, he will survive the back-lashing of BBC funds, cuts and dire strategic performance it wouldn't surprise me.
Interviewing is what Ross is known for; doing it in his own cavorting manner and systematically bordering on sexual harassment. He is punchy and notoriously with the script, even when he isn't. He's set a particular time-frame and that is where his interviewing structure starts and ends. The anecdotes he enriches his audiences and viewers is a tight knowledge of intellectual humour that is derived from a true understanding of what the cliché stroke fad is of the day. - Professors are getting their five a day of intellect from allowing themselves to be taken on the riveting ride that spells out true value entertainment with a piece of intellectual marrow bone thrown in. Crude and annoying blatantly off the record quips that stands out from the rest; clever, and of course his beloved dog 'Mr.Pickles', whose appearances on the 'embarrassing clip screen' in all disguises is a howler for all you Danny La Rues out there who love dressing up. Many other CGI effects are used as an entertainment factor. One of my favourites was different celebrities portraits sketched in Marmite on toast visuals.
There was a chocolate moulding piece as well that Ross scoffed his own chocolate 3D portrait quipping, - 'I love myself this much' and 'I'm an attractive fella'. - Mopping his chocolate coated face he then continued ' I've got more stuff on my face than on the chocolate mould; lets swap places!'
Bearing in mind his outlandish remarks have made red-tape for the BBC he still delivers a master-craft of mainstream humour that is effortless and natural. Rudeness becomes him when interviewing a well known fanciful actress, who squirms with coyness when the sex quips turns the air blue followed by a sharp follow-up question that cools off to a relevant piece that was evident in the movie. Clever, interludes and riveting viewing that makes Ross a mainstay entertainer. The guests provide the banter and orientated subject matter but Ross decides the questioning route depending on guest interaction. Surrealism brings audience into the fore as does sexual content gelled together with an underlined format creates the humour. Dialogues change circuit or directions and then re-routed to make relevance a structural deliverance. Ross has the audacity to expand the social boundaries that our very own conformities try to contrive. Breaking them down is a must, especially in a democratic nation with the wonders of 'Free Speech' and expression. When Politically Correctness offers a reason why Ross should calm down material, the whole material changes shape and then re-transformed into something more than humour, which wasn't the intention.
The BBC have stuck their necks out for true humour content. Ross and his guests are aware of the dangers that may arrive by individuals and organisations that suffice to choose not to understand what situation humour or location humour derived from. Ross is all about that in abundance. No-one can take that away from some-one whose made an identity and conveyed it to us in our living rooms. American guests have thwarted and wiggled with glee on the leather sofa, sneaking a squeak out of it, followed by a avalanche of one-liners. The props are available all geared up to fabulous behaviour that embodied our 'Carry-On' movies heritage. - Ross is a modern day Syd James, Phroar, ha ha ha ha!
Ross embarks on banter out of his floppy hair, broadening waist-line, and size 15 feet. Obviously well informed via current affairs and big on movies and processes a huge memory for film archive. - His interests also suffice to 'breasts' and so he should be, Mrs Ross has more than two handfuls, as is Jonathan.
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I remember when Jonathan Ross was first cutting his teeth on television in the early days of Channel 4 on the Last Resort. He has the clothes and the confidence of a chat show host but something just seemed wrong about it, its taken him nearly 20 years but nowadays i'd say with the retirement of Parky, David Frost's invisibility on tv and Wogan not being able to get on television anymore he is probably the most popular chat show host this country has.
I know he had a few issues recently following a radio show and calls to a tv celebrity but this hasn't affected his ability to entertain as proved by his popular television show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross which has run since 2001 to acclaim seeing some huge stars sit on that sofa and having its fair share of controversy too.
When's it on?
Well the clue is in the title, its on Friday nights, generally around 10.30pm, this is good because it is an adult show most of the humour is fine but some can be a bit too risqué for kids to watch.
Well its the format Ross has been trying to make his own in this country for 20 years, one which works so well for Letterman, O'Brien and ever other American chatshow host, Ross sits behind a desk, has some musicians on a piano to do intro music when guests come on, the guests arrive sit on a sofa and plug their latest product, the show ends with a popular band playing a song (or songs if their big like U2 or Radiohead).
Whose on it?
Well this is where the show can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, if Tom Cruise or George Clooney is in the country to sell their new film they'll come on, recently guests have included Tarantino and Russell Crowe, equally you will get home grown popular guests like the Dragon's from the Dragon's Den, Ricky Gervais, or more worryingly there has been a growth of dull reality tv stars appearing on the show as well as less popular people, some have claimed this is due to Ross and Brands stupid phone call, I just think its been a slow year for celebrities coming to the UK.
The 4 poofs and a piano band provide humorous intro's for all guests singing barbershop quartet songs as the guest comes on, end bands vary from bands Ross likes or rates to big hitters, it is the kind of show where CSS could finish one week and Nick Cave the next, the music is a good and important part of the show.
Ross is a very humorous man, he's totally comfortable in front of a camera and knows how to work an audience, he's generally very good at getting information out of stars and making us see their good or funny sides too, the humour is funny and a bit smutty at times, but Ross has a strong knowledge of film, music and tv and this generally shows through with his questions, generally I find this to be a really funny show and the guests seem to have as much fun as Ross and really let themselves go.
Whats not so good?
My one beef with the show is that Ross does at times appear a bit two faced, he will tell a big star how wonderful they are, or how much he loved their most recent film, when you know if you watch his film review programme he hated it, it feels like a bit of a suck up job sometimes and you wonder if the stars know it, also if the smutty humour doesn't work with a guest things can get a bit strained and Ross finds he has to do most of the talking which is still funny, but you learn little from. I do think the standard of guest has really dropped recently, I don't watch half as much and check who will appear before watching as i'm not interested in stars of the Bill or Holby City, this used to be the place to get a real taste of what big stars are like, now it seems to fill its time with more and more minnows. I do feel some of the magic has gone and I hope he can get that back as he's a genial host who enjoys his work and enjoys his guests too.
Friday night with Jonathan Ross is a great start to your weekend. Shown after the ten 'o' clock news on bbc1 when the kids are in bed it's time to sit back and relax and have a bit of a giggle with Wossy. The show usually starts with Jonathan summing up the main happenings of the week in his usual comedic way. He then introdues celebrities who are waiting in the green room. The celebrities who appear on this show are proper A list celebrities. The high calabre of celebs come out of the green room one at a time to be interviewed by Jonathan on the well known couch. The interview has a fun element to it and Jonathan likes to have a flirt with whoever he is interviewing (men too!) The end of the show usually sees a great band perform their lastest music. The show also includes it's very own house band, 'Four puffs and a piano'. Four gay men singing along to one of them playing the piano! Great celebrities, great music great chat and great fun.
Friday Night With Johnathan Ross is one of the most entertaining programmes on Friday night. The programme is a chat led show, that is presented by Johnathan Ross, while the music is provided by band Four Poof and a Piano.
The format of the show is, Johnathan Ross giving his introduction along with music by the in show band Four Poofs and a Piano. After which Ross talks to either three or four guests, while music by another band is usually provided at the end of the show.
Although Ross is a very contraversial character, which has lead him into trouble. But it is this riske, close to the edge humour that appeals to many of the views. As what I have found with some of the other chat shows in TV, is that they are bland, and unappealing. This is why Johnathan Ross's show appeals to me, as while it may follow the tradition format; it is Ross that makes the show unique.
There is just one problem that I have with the show, that is the show depends entirely on the guests that the show has that particularly the week you are watching. If the line up is not that strong or interesting, then what I find is that I have no interest in the show and tend to turn over.
I would recommend the show to anybody that like chat shows, but with a caveat, as I would only recommend the show if you like Johnathan Ross's brand of humour. As there are some in my family that disike his brand of humour and hate his show. A second caveat is that, have a look at the guest that he has on his show for that particular week.
Ignoring scandals which have soured many viewers opinion on Jonathan Ross, the man is a television legend. He started his TV career in the late 80s on Channel 4, hosting his own show and made it in the late 90s, after a few years of disappearance (possibly alcohol related), to the dizzy heights of the BBC. Along with presenting the Film show, taking over from Barry Norman, he has become a staple Friday night fixture with his chat show.
Now Parky's gone and Wogan is dated, this is pretty much BBC's only mainstream chat show and has been following a familiar format for a number of years. Ross, sitting behind a large desk, introduces 3 or 4 celebrities onto his sofa from the legendary 'Green Room,' where they sit watching the show progress before coming on for their interview. This is quite interesting as the viewer gets to see the guests behind the scenes together with Ross occasionally directing the camera to chat to them unofficially. There is always a musical number that finishes the show.
After some initial banter with the audience and the house band, 'Four Poofs and a Piano' (banter directed to them is always homosexually suggestive) Ross settles down for his first guest. His interview technique is seen as very self-centred, often directing the conversation towards himself rather than the celebrity. If the guest is female and attractive, Ross sleazes upon them almost as badly as Vic Reeves jokingly rubbed his knees on Shooting Stars.
This egocentricity that Ross has, rather than being annoying, actually works very well. Ross is never short of words even if his guest is. However, some interviews work obviously better than others and they become apparent. Guests that are friends and associates of Ross make the best interviews (Ricky Gervais, for example, always gives a great interview) yet sometimes Americans, for example, don't quite see Ross's humour.
Hosted by Johnathan Ross, the show touches upon current events, guest appearances and music performances.