Jason Manford

Jason Manford

Date of birth: 26-05-1981
Manford started his comedy career by winning the North West comedian of the year title in 1999. A year later, he won the Leicester Mercury comedian of the year, and was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny? new act competition.

He made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2005 with Urban Legend, a show that was nominated for the main Perrier award. The following year he won the Chortle award for best breakthrough act.

He embarked on his first solo tour of the UK in September 2008, a month after hosting the topical Channel 4 show Tonightly

He became increasingly well-known thanks to his role on the Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, and in 2010 hosted the high-profile Comedy Rocks for ITV. In May 2010 he was confirmed as the new co-host of BBC One's The One Show.

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ITV axes Bigheads and The Nightly Show

Comedy formats 'underperformed'

ITV has confirmed that The Nightly Show will not be returning  – while also cancelling the Jason Manford fronted gameshow Bigheads.

The broadcaster conceded that both shows had underperformed in the ratings.

ITV  controversial moved the News At  Ten to accommodate The Nightly Show in a bid to replicate the success of US late-night talk shows.

However, it averaged just 1.38million with a rotating line-up of hosts including David Walliams, John Bishop and Manford.

The broadcaster has also announced that it will not be renewing Bigheads after one series.

Airing on a Sunday night, the It’s A Knockout style show featured contestants embarking on physical challenges while wearing giant celebrity heads.

It attracted around two million viewers per episode, but that was only as third as many as BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow drew in the same slot.

In its annual report, ITV conceded: ‘Some of our schedule did not perform as well as we had hoped, for example The Nightly Show, Fearless and Bigheads, so will not return in 2018.’

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Published: 1 Mar 2018

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