TV preview: The Michael McIntyre Chat Show

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Michael McIntyre is no stranger to doing the rounds on the chat show circuit, although he’s used to a very different view to the one he’ll be seeing on Monday night.

You see before now, he’s always been the one sat on the interviewees’ sofa, plugging a DVD here, and a tour or two there. He’s provided plenty of laughs and entertaining chit chat with whichever host has had the privilege of booking him for their show that week.

But on Monday night we’ll see Michael in a very different light, as the award-winning comedian takes to the interviewer’s chair for his very own chat show.

With their affable manner, there’s little wonder comedians such as Alan Carr and Graham Norton have become the kings of British chat shows. Okay, they may not seek the sort of exposes that Piers Morgan is best known for, but generating laughs with celebs is no easy task, so it’ll be intriguing to see Michael gets on. But we can’t help but think that someone as excitable as him couldn’t be anything but successful in a role such as this.

Michael explains: “From my very first conversation I remember thinking, ‘This should be televised!’ Well now the British Broadcasting Corporation has made my dream a reality. I am overwhelmingly excited about meeting and having fun with my favourite celebrated people on The Michael McIntyre Chat Show.”

Michael’s enjoyed a hugely successful couple of years – after all, in 2012, he was reported to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world. That’s not bad going for the man who dropped out of university to pursue a career in script-writing.

His unique sense of humour has since nabbed him stints on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Have I Got News for You. But Michael’s big break came when the Beeb offered him a primetime Saturday night slot for Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and after that, the offers rolled in thick and fast, and he even took up a place on the panel for Britain’s Got Talent.

But now for something very different... Each week, Michael will be chatting to three celebrity guests, and hopefully he’ll be able to get some top tips from veteran chat show host and broadcaster Terry Wogan. The amiable Irishman managed to pull of a five-night-a-week chat show in the 1980s and 1990s, so who better to give Michael a few pointers? He will be taking up the spot of Michael’s very first guest.

Pop star Lily Allen faced the benign wrath of Miriam Margolyes the other week on Norton’s Friday night show, so hopefully she’ll be a little more animated here while plugging her new single Air Balloon.

And Alan Sugar is always good fun on Graham’s show, so let’s hope McIntyre gets the best from him as well, or perhaps he’ll be the one hearing those two fearful words which round off most editions of The Apprentice.

THE MICHAEL MCINTYRE CHAT SHOW, BBC1, MONDAY 10.35pm

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