BBC Two is pleased to announce that it has commissioned two new series of the highly acclaimed stand-up comedy show, Live at the Apollo.
Live at the Apollo has played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of some of the UK’s most prominent comedy stars, from Michael McIntyre and John Bishop to Mo Gilligan and Katherine Ryan. Next year marks the 20th anniversary since the show’s debut, and it continues to present the finest stand-up comedy while showcasing the diverse range of comedy talent in the UK, as well as introducing the audience to the next generation of rising stars.
Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment at the BBC, says: “We are very proud that we will be making two more series of Live at the Apollo, which provides a platform for fresh and experienced comedians to showcase themselves. The show has consistently delivered the finest comedy talents to our viewers, and we are excited to keep bringing fresh and hilarious stand-up acts for all to enjoy.”
Andrew Beint, MD of Open Mike Productions says: “Open Mike are thrilled that Live At The Apollo will air for two more series on the BBC in 2024 and 2025. We will continue to introduce viewers to some of the funniest homegrown and international stand-up comedic talent currently working in today’s comedy industry, and cannot wait to have the future comedy super stars of tomorrow perform in front of the famous Live At the Apollo lights.”
Since its launch in 2004 as Jack Dee Live at the Apollo, the show has featured legendary figures like Joan Rivers, Romesh Ranganathan, Kevin Bridges, Lee Mack, Alan Carr, Nish Kumar, Sir Lenny Henry, Jack Whitehall, Eddie Izzard, Tom Allen, Sarah Millican, and Nina Conti.
115 episodes later, Live at the Apollo remains the benchmark for televised stand-up comedy. The show continues to propel comedians to stardom and transform stars into comedy icons.
Each series will comprise six regular episodes and a Christmas special, all filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2024 and 2025, where comedians will perform to a packed audience of 3500.
Live at the Apollo (7 x 45) has been commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment at the BBC. The executive producer for Open Mike Productions is Andrew Beint, and the series producer is Anthony Caveney.