John Bishop says his new chat show is “different to any chat show I’ve been on”
John Bishop has promised that his new chat show John Bishop: In Conversation With… on W will be “”different to any chat show I’ve been on”.
Speaking to press including TVGuide.co.uk at the show’s launch, Bishop said: “In recent years I’ve been on a number of chat shows and I’ve enjoyed them but I’ve found that they’re driven towards the funny anecdotes. Come on, plug what you’ve got, give us the funny anecdote, and then we’ll get our next guest on and they’ll do the funny anecdote.”
“For me, it just felt like there was a gap where you could actually learn something about people, because everybody who is successful – to a greater or lesser extent – has got a story. It didn’t just happen by accident.”
He cited American series Inside The Actor’s Studio as one of his inspirations for the new format, a show that features a one-on-one interview with a prominent celebrity each episode. The series is well-regarded in the entertainment industry, with host James Lipton’s guests including 74 Academy Award winners.
Bishop also took inspiration from BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs for its “eclectic mix of people”. Throughout the course of the series. Bishop will chat with James Corden, Jo Brand, Steve Coogan, Lenny Henry, Alex Brooker, Rupert Everett, Charlotte Church, Freddie Flintoff, Miriam Margoyles and Kirsty Young.
On how the series is different to any chat show Bishop has been on, Bishop revealed none of his interviews are scripted or pre-planned in any way. He said: “If you go on a chat show, someone phones you up and does a research chat. They’ll say ‘look, we wanna ask you about this’ and ‘have you got anything on that?’.
“The only person who will talk to the guests, apart from logistics, will be me. There won’t be a research producer phoning them up asking questions. I will only phone them, or meet them before, to say thanks for coming on the show.”
“When you come on the show, that’s it. There’s no auto cue. I’ve got no cue cards. I have no earpiece. It is pure as formal conversation. That’s why I found we could talk about things more openly, because they naturally evolve from a conversation.”
“Normally what I find in interviews is people don’t listen to the answer, but the answer leads you to the next stage of that subject. People go, ‘okay, that’s half an answer, that’ll do, because I’ve got another question’. That’s what I wanted to avoid, so that’s why I don’t have any questions.”