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Tonight's the Night

Season 1 2009

  • 2009-04-18T19:00:00+01:00 on BBC One
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English

Series combining show-stopping acts from world-class artists with once-in-a-lifetime performances that make people's dreams come true.

6 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2009-04-18T19:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

The nation's favourite all-round performer, John Barrowman, hosts a Saturday night entertainment show featuring appearances from some of the biggest names in music, movies and the West End. But that's only the tip of the iceberg. Each week John makes dreams come true for truly deserving members of the British public. He also throws the spotlight on the studio audience as he unleashes a series of spectacular surprises. Katherine Jenkins, McFly and the cast of West End hit Hairspray help fulfil the wishes of unsuspecting dreamers. And see John as you've never seen him before - in a football kit attempting freestyle football skills in a celebrity head-to-head challenge.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2009-04-25T19:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

John Barrowman hosts another night of celebrity surprises as he makes the Nation's performing dreams come true. The cast of the smash hit musical Jersey Boys make an inspirational youth worker's West End wish come true. The Saturdays spring a spectacular surprise on a life-saving, break-dancing Brownie and Simply Red serenade a Superfan for a heart warming thank you.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2009-05-02T19:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

John Barrowman makes the nation's performing dreams come true. Veterinary nurse Dionne Martin performs a heart-warming duet with Ronan Keating, Jodie Prenger surprises young super-fan Abigail Peters with a special rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and the fire-fighters take on the bingo workers for a place in the Workplace Wonders semi-final. The West End cast of La Cage Aux Folles spring a hilarious surprise on an unsuspecting audience member, and John takes on a mystery guest in his most dangerous stage fright challenge yet: Fire!

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2009-05-09T19:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

John Barrowman grants more of the nation's performing wishes. Alesha Dixon performs a dream duet with 11-year-old superfan Paige Phillips, while Middlesbrough student Catherine Rhatigan trips the light fantastic with the cast of Lord of the Dance. Twelve-year-old Chantelle Owens gets the surprise of her life when she gets to meet Hollywood heart-throb Zac Efron, and the teachers take on the plumbers in Work Place Wonders. And the Tonight's the Night Search for an Alien Superstar goes into lift-off as the final thirty extra-terrestrials audition in front of an expert panel, with John Barrowman, Denise Van Outen and Doctor Who's casting director Andy Pryor. But who will take one step closer to winning the out-of-this-world prize at stake - the chance to star in an exclusively written Doctor Who scene opposite Captain Jack?

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2009-05-16T19:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Host John Barrowman continues his mission to make the nation's performing dreams come true. Russell Watson joins 17-year-old student Lewis Lakin for an emotional rendition of You Raise Me Up, while community police officer and local hero Bradley Ward fulfils his life-long dream to croon with a big band. The final four Workplace Wonders battle it out for a place in the final, and the intergalactic quest to find the next alien superstar comes to its gripping conclusion as the winner of the out-of-this-world prize to star opposite Captain Jack in a specially-written Doctor Who scene is unearthed by the expert panel of John Barrowman, Denise Van Outen and casting director Andy Pryor.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2009-05-23T19:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

John Barrowman hosts the final show of the all-singing, all-dancing series. There are wall-to-wall wishes as Strictly Come Dancing's James Jordan performs a dream waltz with deserving breast cancer charity fundraiser Becky Measures. Meanwhile, seven-year-old Georgia Cocking becomes the youngest cast member of High School Musical for the night, and 19-year-old Catherine Rhatigan trips the light fantastic with the cast of Lord of the Dance. Plus, Doctor Who fans are treated to the exclusive premiere of Russell T Davies' specially written Doctor Who scene, which sees the winning alien superstar take on Captain Jack himself.