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VMPhil10,115 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I think Carson was the only one who talked on air about his show’s lack of success in the UK, bringing it up when British guests came on for a time. Wonder if he was genuinely disappointed about it as opposed to just doing it for comic effect.
DJGM2,705 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today

I lost count how many channels Letterman was shown on in this country.


Sky One, Sky Two*, Paramount Comedy Channel, ITV2, ITV4, and last but by all means least, DivaTV.
I think that is all of them, as far as I can remember anyway.


*The original incarnation of Sky Two, before moving back to Sky One
"The Not-So-Late-Show with Greg Mitchell" will hopefully return in some form somewhere soon ... but it seems, not on Roch Valley Radio.

Stay tuned . . .
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Steve Williams2,949 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I lost count how many channels Letterman was shown on in this country.


The first channel ever to show Letterman in the UK was Channel Four, who showed a compilation on New Year's Eve 1986, and I think they showed a couple of other episodes over the next year or so.

Then when he came to London in 1995, the programmes were shown on BBC2 a week later. I remember Private Eye reporting that Michael Jackson, the controller of BBC2 at the time, had always wanted to show Letterman every night so this was the perfect opportunity to do it.
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VMPhil10,115 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I'm surprised Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show didn't get any broadcasters' attention in this country, considering it was probably the least "Americanised" show on the whole roster, and he had a lot of history with many of his British guests.

But surely part of the reason why he was more successful once he left the UK was because American audiences were more attuned to his style of comedy? Same with John Oliver.
JKDerry2,293 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
I believe Johnny Carson had a very brief run on ITV in the early 80s as well.


Yes, LWT bought it in 1981 and ran it on Saturday nights opposite Parkinson. But it wasn't networked and didn't do very well at all.

Carson's Tonight Show was edited appalling for LWT back then. I remember when Billy Connolly was on Carson he said this to Johnny, that they used to edit a whole week of shows into one Saturday edition, meaning there were huge gaps in continuity and most British viewers never saw Ed McMahon in sketches such as part of Carnac the Magnificent.
JKDerry2,293 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
I'm surprised Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show didn't get any broadcasters' attention in this country, considering it was probably the least "Americanised" show on the whole roster, and he had a lot of history with many of his British guests.

But surely part of the reason why he was more successful once he left the UK was because American audiences were more attuned to his style of comedy? Same with John Oliver.

Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show was also never promoted even by the channel which carried it in the states CBS. Craig said in ten years as host of the show the Late Late Show got only one proper promo.
Revolution370 posts since 27 Oct 2005
London London
I think Carson was the only one who talked on air about his show’s lack of success in the UK, bringing it up when British guests came on for a time. Wonder if he was genuinely disappointed about it as opposed to just doing it for comic effect.

One paper dubbed his show the "least successful invasion of Britain since Adolf Hitler."

I seem to remember Paul McCartney teased Carson about his London shows in an interview.
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