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People shocked after discovering the truth about Michael McIntyre’s Big Show-Ruth Lawes-Entertainment – Metro

The recording of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show isn’t what it seems (Picture: Hungry Bear/BBC/Gary Moyes)

A trick behind the filming of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show that has left BBC viewers gasping.

Fans of the programme fronted by the comedian and The Wheel host, 47, which sees him get up to all sorts of mischief with a host of celebrity guests, were shocked to learn that the episodes are not filmed as standalone.

Instead, the pre-recorded segments aren’t filmed with a particular episode in mind but are later edited in when the decision is made where they best fit, meaning they can even be swapped out at the eleventh hour.

The realisation dawned on several viewers after TV Zone noted that last Saturday’s episode of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show had last-minute changes to the running order.

‘Yet more changes to this weekend’s #BigShow episode. This weekend’s Send To All is with Joe Lycett, not Anne-Marie as billed,’ the X account noted.

Retweeting TV Zone, TV fan account Super TV gasped: ‘Have just discovered that Michael McIntyre’s #BigShow isn’t ONE same show every weekend, but actually every single show is chopped up and edited together at seemingly random?

Segments for the show are recorded with a particular episode in mind (Picture:BBC/Hungry McBear/Gary Moyes)

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‘Why would they do that?! Michael has to wear the exact same clothes every single time he films?’

Backing up the claim, Luke, who said they were previously an audience member, wrote on X: ‘Yep…when I went we had to sit through a re-recording of a star of the show from the week before due to it not being filmed correctly!’

Others, meanwhile, expressed their surprise over how Big Show was filmed, with Beth positing there must be some ‘logical decision’ behind the process.

They continued: ‘Ngl I didn’t know this either and surely it would make more hassle when it comes to editing it? Although tbf there’s bound to be some sort of logical reason because I doubt they’d make things more difficult for themselves than necessary.’

Suggesting another possible reason behind the making of the show, X account Brekkie swiped: ‘Everything is over edited and overproduced nowadays. They just can’t handle the unexpected.’

On Saturday, Bradley Walsh became the latest celebrity to have their sleep abruptly interrupted by the comedian for one of the Big Show’s most popular segments.

After giving his guest the shock of his life by waking him up, Michael revealed that Fanny Chmelar, whose name caused Bradley to burst into laughter when she was part of a question on The Chase, would be visiting him.

When athlete Fanny, 38, rocked up, Bradley exclaimed: ‘I am so sorry! I am so sorry!’ while holding his hands to his head. ‘I didn’t mean to laugh.’

After Fanny revealed the correct pronunciation of her name, Bradley stuttered as he tried to find the right words to say in her presence.

‘This is really surreal,’ he eventually managed to say. ‘This is the most surreal moment of my life. I am properly sweating. I am actually sweating.’

Big Show began life as a one-off Christmas special in 2015, and its success led to the full series commission by the BBC the following year.

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The show features celebrity guests, musical performances, comedy sketches from Michael and guest comics. has contacted the BBC for comment.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show continues on Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

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