The Gadget Show is a British television series which focuses on consumer technology. The show, which is broadcast on Channel 5 is currently presented by Craig Charles and Georgie Barrat with Jon Bentley and Ortis Deley
Originally a thirty-minute show, it was extended to forty-five minutes, then later to sixty minutes. Repeats have also aired on the digital channel 5*, syndicated broadcasts on Discovery Science and Dave (in edited down half-hour versions), and Channel 5’s Internet on-demand service Demand 5. In Australia, it is aired on The Lifestyle Channel.
Craig Charles (2017–present)
Jon Bentley (2004–12, 2013–present)
Ortis Deley (2009–12, 2014–present)
Georgie Barrat (2017–present)
Jason Bradbury (2004 -2016
Dallas Campbell (2008) – 22 episodes
Amy Williams (2014–2016
Tom Dunmore (2004, 10) – 4 episodes
Suzi Perry (2004–12) – 208 episodes
Pollyanna Woodward (2010–2014) – 62 episodes
Rachel Riley (2013–14) – 31 episodes
Gail Porter (2009) – 7 episodes
The show previews and reviews the latest gadgets, and broadcasts the latest technology news. The show is aimed at giving the mass consumer an insight into the gadget world and in addition, it aims to give enough information for the more ‘geeky’ or knowledgeable audience, but still making it accessible to the more casual viewer. The show has featured Blu-ray Discs, video cameras, MP3 players, Internet multi media tablets and other technologies. A segment showing viewers how to get the most out of their technology is also often included along with a competition to win anything from £5,000 to £31,000 worth of new gadgets. Each series usually contains a special episode focusing on a particular technology conference or expo.
2007–2010: Studio and time increase
Series 5 saw a slight tweak in the format, with the three presenters hosting from a studio base, although a lot of the show still takes place outside of the studio. The studio sections were filmed at The Custard Factory on Gibb Street in Digbeth, Birmingham, England. This was until a new set was introduced and the studio was then moved to inside The Gadget Show’s offices located inside North One Television in Digbeth. A recurring theme in the updated format is a regular challenge between Jason and Suzi (and occasionally Jon and / or Ortis), typically set around particular gadget(s) and their testing or use based around it. Another addition is that now the week’s main featured gadget(s), typically reviewed by Jon, is given a ‘G rating’ from one to five. The seventh series, which started on 29 October 2007, saw the programme promoted to a 20:00 start time (previously 19:15), and running increased from forty-five minutes to one hour.
From series 8, there is also a new ‘Top 5’ feature which consists of the Top 5 gadgets in a certain category. At the start of the eleventh series, a new item was introduced, called the ‘Wall of Fame’ where Ortis or Suzi and Jason pick their favourite gadget from a particular category that they think changed the face of modern gadgetry, and then Jon picks the one to win and go up on the wall. There are also several other recurring features (such as aforementioned ‘Top 5’, and ‘The Focus Group’ – testing products with various groups of people, who vote for their best one) which are featured in episodes on a semi-regular basis.
The show also offers a competition, (answering a multiple choice question, by phone, SMS or postal entry) that gives the winner on some occasions up to 200 prizes.
For 2010, the programme received a rebrand centred on the Museo typeface. This included refreshed titles and break bumpers. Also in 2010, the show saw the release of a supporting magazine called ‘The Gadget Show Magazine’. Despite advocating HD content and reviewing high definition television sets, cameras and other devices, the show continues to be produced and broadcast in standard definition. The Gadget Show is upscaled on the Channel 5 HD simulcast channel. No statement has been made as to when the show will begin broadcasting in native HD format, however, presenter Jason Bradbury has suggested on his Twitter account that after talks with his boss, it is ‘highly likely [The] Gadget Show will be in HD next year’.
In August 2011, it was announced a new series of The Gadget Show would be shown on Fridays. However, from 26 September 2011, the show reverted to Mondays, due to strong competition on Friday nights.
2012–2013: World Tour revamp
In February 2012, it was announced that the 17th series of the show would be in a new, revamped format. It was called The Gadget Show: World Tour, and it started airing on 23 April 2012. The new version of the show saw presenters Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward travelling the world to test the latest gadgets and partake in a number of challenges. The reception of the show from fans, after the first few broadcasts were generally negative, questioning Jon, Ortis and Suzi’s drop from the show.
The 18th series, under the name The All New Gadget Show, began airing on 5 November 2012. It followed the same format as the previous series known as The Gadget Show: World Tour. Two specials aired in Spring 2013, a ‘future’ special and a ‘Bank Holiday’ special.
Gadget Show Book
2013–present: Back to origins, presenter changes
For the 19th series, Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward were joined by Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley and former Gadget Show presenter Jon Bentley who re-joined the show as chief gadget tester. It was announced that The Gadget Show would return to its more traditional format, with a new studio.
On 30 January 2014, it was announced that Ortis Deley would be returning to the show, replacing Pollyanna Woodward.
On 25 April 2014, it was announced that Amy Williams would replace Rachel Riley
In October 2014 The Show Celebrated its 10 Birthday
The Show then continued to its 21st Series ( march 2015 ) with presenters Jason Bradbury , Jon Bentley , Ortis Deley and Amy Williams returning for her 2nd Series.
Then on its 22nd Series ( september 2015 ) with presenters Jason Bradbury , Jon Bentley , Ortis Deley and Amy Williams returning for her 3rd Series.
Then onto Series 24 with no Studio based Items But ( october 2016 ) still with Pesenters Jason Bradbury , Jon Bentley , Ortis Deley and Amy Williams .
Then March 2017 . With a new look and New Presenter Line up . With Long Running Presenter Jason Bradbury Leaving The Show to be replaced by Craig Charles
Also it was announced that Amy Williams will be leaving the show to be replaced by Georgie Barrat.
The show now in it’s 26th series continues with the hosts from the previous series with all studio filming taking place to the south of Birmingham in the ‘Studio 212’ complex operated by the privately owned company drp.