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Neil Jones5,506 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
BGMT has aka been The Stephen Mulhern Show for the last couple of series now, interspersed with offbeat acts that make it a surprise they ever got through the initial pre-judge auditions in the first place.

Sometimes it surprises me that ITV absolutely love him, although it has to be remembered they gave him his television break when he was picked to be one of the faces of the relaunched CITV in 1998 and he's been with the network ever since so I suppose he's happy they giving him new projects. I can't believe In for a Penny was blown up from a segment to a full series though, I supposed it worked for Through The Keyhole (which started as a segment on TV-am)...

Don't know why we have so many people on here that hate Stephen, I think he is good on Catchphrase and I think In for a penny is a good laugh too.


Did I mention the h word in my post?
fanoftv8,151 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
I too am disappointed, I find the programme incredibly entertaining and see it as a vehicle that is entertaining whilst promoting the main show.

BGT: The Champions has felt incredibly dull imho, that’s possibly over the lack of live shows, especially a live final, without a public vote you start to question what has been the point of it all. I’m not saying that some Mulhern tomfoolery would have benefitted the main show but it would have at least made me feel more warmth towards contestants, the judges and the hosts.

The live BGMT shows have been must watch tv for me for the past few years (one of the few programmes that I religiously watch as they air), I’m unsure whether it’s the style of entertainment in the evening, rather than heading to bed with the day’s news, the added insight into guests and opinions or the fact that it took me back to a broadcasting style similar to the happy days of The Big Breakfast.
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Whataday10,123 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I too am disappointed, I find the programme incredibly entertaining and see it as a vehicle that is entertaining whilst promoting the main show.


It's not ITV2's job to promote the main show. It's ITV2's job to attract a young audience with vibrant, diverse programming. Axing BGMT will free up a significant budget to produce content more appropriate to the channel.
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DJ Dave1,887 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
BGMT has aka been The Stephen Mulhern Show for the last couple of series now, interspersed with offbeat acts that make it a surprise they ever got through the initial pre-judge auditions in the first place.

Sometimes it surprises me that ITV absolutely love him, although it has to be remembered they gave him his television break when he was picked to be one of the faces of the relaunched CITV in 1998 and he's been with the network ever since so I suppose he's happy they giving him new projects. I can't believe In for a Penny was blown up from a segment to a full series though, I supposed it worked for Through The Keyhole (which started as a segment on TV-am)...

Don't know why we have so many people on here that hate Stephen, I think he is good on Catchphrase and I think In for a penny is a good laugh too.


Did I mention the h word in my post?

I don't mean you personally but there does seem to be a witch hunt for him on here Laughing
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ThatTVNerd30 posts since 29 Dec 2018
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
I used to casually watch BGMT, particularly the live semi/grand final shows because I liked how Stephen and the crew took the mickey out of themselves (e.g. boasting about their 'one' viewer). They made it clear on screen that they were the sister show and weren't as important as the main show, which made it fun to watch. I don't think The X-tra Factor presented themselves in that way, though I could be wrong.

It is a shame that it's come to an end, but I suppose after The X-tra Factor's demise it was a matter of when BGMT would follow.