The Big Big Talent Show, 1996

When Jonathan Ross tells you “we’ve got some top rank entertainment for you tonight” who knows what’s coming your way…

The Big, Big Talent Show was a nationwide search for the next generation of performing talent!

Big it might have been but the show lasted just  just eighteen shows over two series.

The whole of the first series was broadcast live, whereas only the final of the second series was live which was perhaps a shame.

Famous names appearing on the show included: Charlotte Church, Jon Culshaw and of course the big winners: Ed Byrne and Paul Zerdin.


Each episode featured six up-and-coming performers who were yet to have their big break. They are nominated and introduced by a friend or family member who gives a unique and personal insight into each act and why they deserve your vote.

From opera to ventriloquism, comedy to dance, this was a showcase for the most exciting new performers.  After all the acts have performed the audience vote.  In series one this counted for nothing as there was then a public phone vote.  For series two the audience did indeed decide the winner of each show.  The winner of each show of course goes through to the live final.

Both finals were broadcast live and the winner was given a place in that year’s Royal Variety Performance.









Jonathan Ross – Host
Garry Bushell – Critic


Channel: ITV
Original Transmission Dates: 27th July 1996 – 30th August 1997



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