Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre

Date of birth: 21-02-1976
The son of comedy scriptwriter Ray Cameron - who co-wrote Kenny Everett's TV shows with Barry Cryer, Michael McIntyre's first stand-up success came at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival, where he was nominated for the Perrier best newcomer award. He returned to the festival in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

In 2006, he made his debut at the Kilkenny comedy festival, returning the following year when he also added Montreal's Just For Laughs festival to his CV. In 2007 he was nominated for the Chortle Award for best headliner – a title he won in 2008.

He is a regular face on panel shows and on stand-up shows on both TV and radio, including the Comedy Store and The World Stands Up on Paramount and 4 Stands Up on Radio 4 in 2007/8, which he hosted.

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Michael McIntyre's The Wheel gets a second spin

BBC orders another, longer, series of comedian's quiz show

BBC One has ordered a second series of Michael McIntyre quiz show The Wheel.

Sixteen new episodes of the Saturday night show will air later this year – following the success of the initial run of ten episodes.

The show has attracted audiences of around 6million per episode - although it has been slammed by critics, mainly for the slow pace of questioning. The i called it ‘neither challenging nor entertaining’ while the Daily Mail criticised the ‘needlessly over-complicated rules’.

Speaking of the recommission, McIntyre said: ‘I am thrilled by the success of The Wheel. The series was so much fun to host and I love how the gameplay in every show was so different but always entertaining and suspenseful. 

‘And having socially distanced strangers sing The Wheel to me on my daily walk has been the unexpected pleasure of lockdown’.

Dan Baldwin, managing director of programme-makers Hungry McBear Media said the show was ‘brilliant hybrid of an entertainment show and quiz, one minute you’re belly laughing, then you’re singing the theme tune, and then your whole family is screaming "Donegal! the answer is Donegal!" Is there a better way to spend a Saturday night?’

Producers are now seeking contestants for the next series to apply at  https://www.bbc.co.uk/thewheel

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel production credits

Made by: Hungry McBear Media
Executive producers: Dan Baldwin and Tom Blakeson.
Commissioned by: Kate Phillips, acting controller of BBC One, and Jo Wallace, acting controller of entertainment commissioning.
Commissioning editor for the BBC: Kalpna Patel-Knight.

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Published: 24 Jan 2021

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