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Neil Jones6,005 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Has anyone hosted more ITV series than Stephen Mulhern?


Depends how many hairs you want to split.
Very quick rough and ready estimate based on where he was the only presenter of a TV show: 25.

I dare say if you go back far enough somebody from the classic years will beat this. I was thinking maybe the both much missed Bruce Forsyth and Bob Monkhouse? But of course it was a different era and these days there's more channels that need content filling so I suppose...
JamesLaverty1925151 posts since 28 Feb 2017
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I got to about 16 going back to his CITV days (12 without).


How many are those as the "sidekick" or ITV2 presenting role (BGMT, SNT etc). He's obviously highly regarded at ITV, and good luck to him with that. I'm not a huge fan, mainly because I find him a little 'safe'. He doesn't look to shock the audience with his jokes such as Ant and Dec occasionally do, doesn't quite have the natural charisma of Monkhouse or Forsyth to liven up a terrible format, but his probably works in his favour. ITV know what they are getting with him, he has his fanbase, and as shown on SNT, isn't afraid to make himself look silly.
Andrew14,097 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
If you read it though, it is far less dramatic than the headline suggests. They’ve got loads of returning and new programmes lined up and they’ve been planning it for months.

I’m not quite sure where they get 40 hours from either. Wasn’t X Factor (and BGT The Champions) laterly about 90 mins to 2 hours over about 12 weeks?
Score24 posts since 22 Dec 2019 new member
Granada North West Today
If you read it though, it is far less dramatic than the headline suggests. They’ve got loads of returning and new programmes lined up and they’ve been planning it for months.

I’m not quite sure where they get 40 hours from either. Wasn’t X Factor (and BGT The Champions) laterly about 90 mins to 2 hours over about 12 weeks?


They’ve lumped Take Me Out in as well because they’ve axed that too.

X Factor ran for about 40-45 hours every year from 2009-17, but they went down to about 36 in 2018 and then last year went down to 14 hours of X Factor Celebrity and 12 hours of BGT Champions (plus 6 hours of X Factor The Band but that was on weeknights so will presumably just be replaced with normal weeknight stuff).

Of course, last year BGT Champions was 2 hours every week and some X Factors were nearly as long, which meant Jonathan Ross was being pushed back to 10.30pm some weeks. That’s too late really so they’ll probably take the opportunity to bring his show a bit earlier, which in turn means they have slightly fewer hours to fill. Essentially they’re looking for a ‘main event’ programme for 14 Saturdays. I assume they’ll use Millionaire again on Sundays, and maybe use some of the new 2 hour dramas they’ve ordered in the Autumn to fill Sundays from 8pm.
Andrew14,097 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
If you read it though, it is far less dramatic than the headline suggests. They’ve got loads of returning and new programmes lined up and they’ve been planning it for months.

I’m not quite sure where they get 40 hours from either. Wasn’t X Factor (and BGT The Champions) laterly about 90 mins to 2 hours over about 12 weeks?


They’ve lumped Take Me Out in as well because they’ve axed that too.

I thought that might be the case, but of course Take Me Out wasn’t a regular fixture in the autumn schedule, it probably only aired there last year because they knew it was the last series so they might as well use it against Strictly.

As you also say Jonathan Ross can Air earlier than it has been, and when I’m a Celeb comes along they could air that earlier and longer as well.