It'll be Alright on the Night is a British television bloopers programme screened on ITV and produced by ITV Studios. It is one of the first episodes created with the specific purpose of showing behind the scenes bloopers from film and TV and ran regularly until 2016.
The programme was originally presented by Denis Norden from 1977 until 2006. Griff Rhys Jones took over as presenter from 2008 until 2016. A new series of episodes was broadcast in 2018 narrated by David Walliams. Norden died on 19 September 2018, aged 96.
The programme is usually one hour in length and aired in ITV's Saturday evening entertainment slot. However, some of the first few episodes up to and including It'll be Alright on the Night 6, which aired in 1990, originally went out on a Sunday evening. A new episode aired on Sunday 28 December 2014. Two episodes also debuted on a Friday: It'll be Alright on the Night 3 and It'll be Alright on Christmas Night on Christmas Day 1981 and 1987 respectively. The programme's success led to the competing BBC One series Auntie's Bloomers presented by Terry Wogan, which focused on bloopers from some of the BBC archives.
The programme's followed a simple format. Norden, traditionally holding his trademark clipboard in his hand, appeared on an otherwise empty stage and delivered a humorous piece to camera, followed by a selection of outtakes taken from various sources. Popular sources for clips include numerous British and American sitcoms, news reports and foreign broadcasts which may or may not include explanatory subtitles.
The programme returned in September 2008 with Griff Rhys Jones who presented 11 episodes of It'll be Alright on the Night. The last episode featuring Rhys Jones was broadcast on 4 June 2016. After a two-year break, the programme returned in summer 2018 with brand new episodes featuring David Walliams as narrator, which is opposed to a presenter in the studio, which meant that for the first time since the programme began, there was no longer a studio set, no longer a studio audience and no longer an on-screen personality.
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The audience figures (where given) are those for the initial transmission of an episode. It was not unknown, especially in the early years of the series, for episodes to achieve higher ratings on repeat showings. For instance, It'll be Alright on the Night 2 (first shown on 28 October 1979) was watched by 16 million viewers for a repeat showing in February 1983, while It'll be Alright on the Night 4 (first shown on 11 March 1984) was watched by 18.5 million viewers on its initial repeat in January 1985. A further repeat of The Second Worst of Alright on the Night (first shown on 24 November 1985) achieved the programme's highest ratings of 19.92 million in February 1992.
|Episode||Episode name||Original airdate||Presenter/Narrator||Viewers
|1||It'll be Alright on the Night 1||18 September 1977||Denis Norden||N/A|
|2||It'll be Alright on the Night 2||28 October 1979||N/A|
|3||The Worst of Alright on the Night||21 September 1980||N/A|
|4||It'll be Alright on the Night 3||25 December 1981||N/A|
|5||It'll be Alright on the Night 4||11 March 1984||16.90|
|6||It'll be Alright Late at Night||11 July 1985||N/A|
|7||The Second Worst of Alright on the Night||24 November 1985||14.55|
|8||It'll be Alright on Christmas Night||25 December 1987||17.95|
|9||10 Years of It'll be Alright on the Night||25 December 1988||N/A|
|10||It'll be Alright on the Night 6||1 December 1990||17.92|
|11||It'll be Alright on the Night 7||2 January 1993||N/A|
|12||The Utterly Worst of Alright on the Night||10 April 1994||N/A|
|13||The Kids from Alright on the Night||26 November 1994||N/A|
|14||It'll be Alright on the Night 8||10 December 1994||14.89|
|15||Alright on the Night's Cockup Trip||12 October 1996||13.00|
|16||It'll be Alright on the Night 10||15 November 1997||N/A|
|17||21 Years of Alright on the Night||24 January 1998||N/A|
|18||It'll be Alright on the Night 11||2 October 1999||10.12|
|19||It'll be Alright on the Night 12||27 January 2001||9.17|
|20||It'll be Alright on Election Night||7 June 2001||6.77|
|21||It'll be Alright on the Night 13||17 August 2001||6.61|
|22||It'll be Alright on the Night 15: Silver Jubilee Special||14 September 2002||8.11|
|23||More Kids from Alright on the Night||28 September 2002||5.61|
|24||Alright on the Night's All-Star Special||31 August 2003||9.63|
|25||It'll be Alright on the Night 16||6 September 2003||5.53|
|26||It'll be Alright on the Night 18||2 October 2004||6.89|
|27||It'll be Alright on the Night 19||24 December 2004||5.84|
|28||Alright on the Night's 50 Years of ITV||17 September 2005||6.28|
|29||It'll be Alright on the Night 20||18 March 2006||5.32|
|30||It'll be Alright on the Night 2008: Part 1||20 September 2008||Griff Rhys Jones||4.30|
|31||It'll be Alright on the Night 2008: Part 2||25 December 2008||3.99|
|32||It'll be Alright on the Night 2011: Part 1||28 December 2011||4.95|
|33||It'll be Alright on the Night 2011: Part 2||31 December 2011||3.73|
|34||All New It'll be Alright on the Night 2012||28 December 2012||3.91|
|35||All New It'll be Alright on the Night 2014: Part 1||5 January 2014||3.86|
|36||It'll be Alright on the Night's Best of the Worst||12 January 2014||3.64|
|37||All New It'll be Alright on the Night 2014: Part 2||19 May 2014||3.11|
|38||All New It'll be Alright on the Night 2014: Part 3||28 December 2014||3.43|
|39||It'll be Alright on the Night 2015||30 December 2015||3.80|
|40||All New It'll be Alright on the Night 2016||4 June 2016||2.76|
|41||David Walliams Presents – Return of Alright on the Night||22 August 2018||David Walliams||2.81|
|42||David Walliams Presents – Revenge of Alright on the Night||29 August 2018||2.61|
Despite being a staple of ITV's light entertainment programming for nearly 40 years, comparatively few editions of It'll Be Alright on the Night have been produced, with rarely more than one new episode a year being screened. Episodes presented by Denis Norden have normally included a number in their title screens to aid identification with the audience, while from 2008 to 2016, episodes presented by Griff Rhys Jones did not do so. Towards the end of the Denis Norden era, episodes up to and including It'll be Alright on the Night 20 were prefixed with "All New" to avoid viewer confusion with repeat screenings of earlier episodes.
During its run, several special episodes were also made, including anniversary specials, a late night edition for Channel 4 with more mature adult content and a one-off political special to mark the 2001 general election.
The majority of the episodes were filmed at The London Studios, but in the programme's later years, the Granada studios in Manchester were also used, as well as the now-closed (and demolished) Meridian studios at Northam, Southampton. A few editions were also filmed on-location; most notably, Alright on the Night's Cockup Trip which was presented from the Great Cockup fell in the Lake District, 21 Years of Alright on the Night was presented on a yacht in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle (which, in reality, was in the south of France) and It'll be Alright on the Night 11, which was presented from an empty Haymarket Theatre, London.
During its run, the series has had three main producers: Paul Smith (1977–1984), Paul Lewis (1984–2002) and Simon Withington (2003–2006). Sean Miller, James Sunderland and Stephanie Dennis also produced some episodes. Grant Philpott was the series producer (2011-2012) and Simon Withington, who previously served as a producer from 2003 to 2006 has been the executive producer from 2014 to 2016. From 2018, Grant Philpott was once again the series producer.
Denis Norden's Laughter File
The series also inspired the spin-off programme Denis Norden's Laughter File, which began airing on 22 September 1991 and ran until 13 May 2006. Although it largely followed the same format as its sister programme, while It'll be Alright on the Night focused solely on bloopers/outtakes, Laughter File also screened clips that included pranks and practical jokes. As with It'll Be Alright on the Night, later episodes included the words "All New" in their titles to avoid viewer confusion with repeat screenings of earlier episodes.
The theme music used for Denis Norden's Laughter File throughout the whole of its run was a library piece, called "Dress to Kill" by Errol Reid. The programme's producers were Paul Lewis (1991–2002) and Simon Withington (2002–2006).
|Episode||Episode name||Original airdate||Viewers
|1||Denis Norden's 1st Laughter File||22 September 1991||17.39|
|2||Denis Norden's 2nd Laughter File||4 October 1997||N/A|
|3||Denis Norden's 3rd Laughter File||5 December 1998||10.00|
|4||Denis Norden's 4th Laughter File||16 October 1999||8.46|
|5||Denis Norden's 5th Laughter File||30 September 2000||8.02|
|6||Denis Norden's 6th Laughter File||15 October 2001||7.21|
|7||Denis Norden's 7th Laughter File||30 March 2002||5.67|
|8||Denis Norden's 8th Laughter File||9 November 2002||6.62|
|9||Denis Norden's 9th Laughter File||4 October 2003||5.53|
|10||Denis Norden's Christmas Laughter File Special||27 December 2003||8.10|
|11||Denis Norden's All New 11th Laughter File||26 December 2004||5.73|
|12||Denis Norden's All New 12th Laughter File||12 February 2005||5.54|
|13||Denis Norden's All New 13th Laughter File||13 May 2006||3.88|