Nigel Lythgoe

Producer | Writer | Director
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KNOWN FOR 
American Idol (2002-2016) | Gladiators (1992-1999) | So You Think You Can Dance (2005-2017)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 12 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations More »
AKA 
Nigull Lythgoe
NICKNAME  
Nasty Nigel
BORN 
Jul 9, 1949 (age 68)

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Projects in Development (2 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
Past Film & Video (4 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Past Television (78 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Every Single StepEvery Single Step (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 1
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can Dance, the Next GenerationSo You Think You Can Dance, the Next Generation (TV Series) Director  Less 2016– 
  • Primary photo for Easiest Game Show EverEasiest Game Show Ever (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2016– 
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Himself - Judge ( 165 episodes, 2005–2015 ) , Executive Producer ( 165 episodes, 2005–2012 ) , Writer (creator) ( 152 episodes, 2005–2015 ) , Director ( 37 episodes, 2005–2010 ) , Writer ( 3 episodes, 2012 ) , Choreographer ( 1 episode, 2008 )  Less 2005–2015 167
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  • Primary photo for American Idol: The Search for a SuperstarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 264 episodes, 2002–2014 ) , Director ( 5 episodes, 2008–2012 ) , Producer ( 2 episodes, 2006–2009 ) , Segment Producer ( 1 episode, 2008 ) , Co-Executive Producer ( 1 episode, 2007 ) , Himself ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2002–2014 268
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  • Primary photo for In Kgantse & Kenny's ParadiseIn Kgantse & Kenny's Paradise (TV Series) Associate Producer  Less 2014– 
  • Primary photo for Dance School DiariesDance School Diaries (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2014– 
  • Primary photo for Hollywood TodayHollywood Today (TV Series) Actor ( 1 episode, 2014 )  Less 2014 1
  • Primary photo for The Britannia AwardsThe Britannia Awards (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for A Chance to DanceA Chance to Dance (TV Series) Writer (creator), Executive Producer  Less 2012– 
  • Primary photo for Opening ActOpening Act (TV Series) Himself - Judge, Executive Producer  Less 2012– 
  • Primary photo for CMT's Next SuperstarCMT's Next Superstar (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 10 episodes, 2011 )  Less 2011 10
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  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Writer (creator) ( 9 episodes, 2010–2011 ) , Himself - Judge / Himself ( 9 episodes, 2010–2011 )  Less 2010–2011 9
    • Auditions 1 (Mar 26, 2011) Himself - Judge, Writer (creator)  Less
    • Round 4 Results (Jan 30, 2010) Himself - Judge, Writer (creator)  Less
    • Round 4 (Jan 30, 2010) Himself - Judge, Writer (creator)  Less
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  • Primary photo for Secret FortuneSecret Fortune (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2011– 
  • Primary photo for DanceDance (TV Series) Writer (originally developed for television by)  Less 2010– 
  • Primary photo for Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday SpecialCarrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special (TV Movie) Director, Executive Producer  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Superstars of DanceSuperstars of Dance (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 5 episodes, 2009 ) , Writer ( 5 episodes, 2009 )  Less 2009 5
    • Episode #1.5 (Jan 26, 2009) Executive Producer, Writer  Less
    • Episode #1.4 (Jan 19, 2009) Executive Producer, Writer  Less
    • Episode #1.3 (Jan 12, 2009) Executive Producer, Writer  Less
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  • Primary photo for The Next Great American BandThe Next Great American Band (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2007– 
  • Primary photo for American Idol: Life on the RoadAmerican Idol: Life on the Road (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for American Idol: The PhenomenonAmerican Idol: The Phenomenon (TV Special) Self, Director, Executive Producer  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for An American Idol ChristmasAn American Idol Christmas (TV Movie) Co-Executive Producer  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for All American GirlAll American Girl (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2003– 
  • Primary photo for American JuniorsAmerican Juniors (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2003– 
  • Primary photo for American Idols in Las VegasAmerican Idols in Las Vegas (TV Movie) Co-Executive Producer  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Pop IdolPop Idol (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 1 episode, 2001 )  Less 2001 1
    • Auditions 1 (Oct 6, 2001) Executive Producer  Less
  • Primary photo for SurvivorSurvivor (TV Series) Series Producer ( 2 episodes, 2001 ) , Director ( 1 episode, 2001 )  Less 2001 2
  • Primary photo for PopstarsPopstars (TV Series) Himself - Judge ( 1 episode, 2001 ) , Executive Producer ( 1 episode, 2001 )  Less 2001 1
    • Live Final (Mar 18, 2001) Himself - Judge, Executive Producer  Less
  • Primary photo for Don't Try This at Home!Don't Try This at Home! (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 35 episodes, 1998–2001 )  Less 1998–2001 35
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  • Primary photo for An Audience with Des O'ConnorAn Audience with Des O'Connor (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for The Way They Were: Coronation StreetThe Way They Were: Coronation Street (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for PopstarsPopstars (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2000– 
  • Primary photo for AXN Action TVAXN Action TV (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 2000– 
  • Primary photo for GladiatorsGladiators (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 66 episodes, 1995–1999 ) , Producer ( 42 episodes, 1992–1994 ) , Director ( 9 episodes, 1992 ) , Himself ( 2 episodes, 1993–1994 )  Less 1992–1999 108
    • Final (Dec 25, 1999) Executive Producer  Less
    • Heat 2 (Dec 18, 1999) Executive Producer  Less
    • Heat 1 (Dec 11, 1999) Executive Producer  Less
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  • Primary photo for Animals Do the Funniest ThingsAnimals Do the Funniest Things (TV Series) Director, Producer  Less 1999– 
  • Primary photo for The Thoughts of Chairman AlfThe Thoughts of Chairman Alf (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 6 episodes, 1998 )  Less 1998 6
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  • Primary photo for Ice WarriorsIce Warriors (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 1 episode, 1998 )  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Ronnie CorbettAn Audience with Ronnie Corbett (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Another Audience with Freddie StarrAnother Audience with Freddie Starr (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Elton JohnAn Audience with Elton John (TV Special) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for The Big Big Talent ShowThe Big Big Talent Show (TV Series) Producer ( 7 episodes, 1997 )  Less 1997 7
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  • Primary photo for An Audience with Alf GarnettAn Audience with Alf Garnett (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Bruce ForsythAn Audience with Bruce Forsyth (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Gladiators: The AshesGladiators: The Ashes (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 4 episodes, 1995–1997 )  Less 1995–1997 4
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  • Primary photo for You Bet!You Bet! (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 1988–1997
  • Primary photo for Dame Edna Kisses It BetterDame Edna Kisses It Better (TV Series) Executive Producer  Less 1997– 
  • Primary photo for The Joe Pasquale ShowThe Joe Pasquale Show (TV Movie) Executive Producer  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for Happy Birthday ShirleyHappy Birthday Shirley (TV Movie) Director  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for An Audience with Shirley BasseyAn Audience with Shirley Bassey (TV Special) Director  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for The Brian Conley ShowThe Brian Conley Show (TV Series) Producer ( 1 episode, 1994 )  Less 1994 1
  • Primary photo for Bob's Your UncleBob's Your Uncle (TV Series) Producer ( 4 episodes, 1991–1992 ) , Director ( 3 episodes, 1991–1992 )  Less 1991–1992 4
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  • Primary photo for The Joe Longthorne ShowThe Joe Longthorne Show (TV Series) Producer ( 15 episodes, 1988–1991 ) , Director ( 14 episodes, 1988–1991 )  Less 1988–1991 15
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  • Primary photo for Children's Royal Variety PerformanceChildren's Royal Variety Performance (TV Movie) Director  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for The Prince's Trust Rock GalaThe Prince's Trust Rock Gala (TV Movie) Director  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Sketch PadSketch Pad (TV Series) Director ( 4 episodes, 1989 ) , Producer ( 4 episodes, 1989 )  Less 1989 4
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  • Primary photo for Bobby Davro's TV WeeklyBobby Davro's TV Weekly (TV Series) Director ( 1 episode, 1988 ) , Producer ( 1 episode, 1988 )  Less 1988 1
  • Primary photo for Beadle's AboutBeadle's About (TV Series) Executive Producer ( 1 episode, 1986 )  Less 1986 1
    • Episode #1.1 (Nov 22, 1986) Executive Producer (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for 3-2-13-2-1 (TV Series) Choreographer ( 1 episode, 1986 ) , Himself ( 1 episode, 1986 )  Less 1986 1
  • Primary photo for Melodien für MillionenMelodien für Millionen (TV Series) Ballett ( 1 episode, 1985 ) , Choreographer ( 1 episode, 1985 )  Less 1985 1
    • Episode #1.3 (Jul 7, 1985) Ballett, Choreographer  Less
  • Primary photo for Mates and MusicMates and Music (TV Series) Producer ( 1 episode, 1984 )  Less 1984 1
  • Primary photo for The Morecambe & Wise ShowThe Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series) Choreographer ( 3 episodes, 1980–1981 )  Less 1980–1981 3
  • Primary photo for Bud 'n' ChesBud 'n' Ches (TV Movie) Associate Producer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Grace KennedyGrace Kennedy (TV Series) Choreographer ( 2 episodes, 1981 )  Less 1981 2
  • Primary photo for The Muppet ShowThe Muppet Show (TV Series) Choreographer ( 1 episode, 1980 )  Less 1980 1
  • Primary photo for The Ken Dodd Laughter ShowThe Ken Dodd Laughter Show (TV Series) Choreographer ( 6 episodes, 1979 )  Less 1979 6
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  • Primary photo for Star TreatmentStar Treatment (TV Series) Choreographer ( 1 episode, 1979 )  Less 1979 1
  • Primary photo for PaulPaul (TV Series) Dancer  Less 1978–1979
  • Primary photo for London Night OutLondon Night Out (TV Series) Choreography ( 8 episodes, 1978 )  Less 1978 8
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  • Primary photo for Mike Yarwood in PersonsMike Yarwood in Persons (TV Series) Choreography ( 1 episode, 1978 )  Less 1978 1
  • Primary photo for The Jack Jones ShowThe Jack Jones Show (TV Series) Choreographer  Less 1973–1978
  • Primary photo for The Shirley Bassey ShowThe Shirley Bassey Show (TV Series) Choreography ( 6 episodes, 1976 )  Less 1976 6
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  • Primary photo for Bill Dainty, Esq.Bill Dainty, Esq. (TV Series) Choreography ( 6 episodes, 1976 )  Less 1976 6
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  • Primary photo for The Two RonniesThe Two Ronnies (TV Series) Special Staging ( 1 episode, 1975 )  Less 1975 1
  • Primary photo for World of LaughterWorld of Laughter (TV Series) Choreography ( 2 episodes, 1974 )  Less 1974 2
  • Primary photo for It's Cliff RichardIt's Cliff Richard (TV Series) Choreography ( 1 episode, 1974 )  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Frost's WeeklyFrost's Weekly (TV Series) Choreographer ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for It's LuluIt's Lulu (TV Series) Choreography ( 10 episodes, 1973 )  Less 1973 10
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  • Primary photo for The Harry Secombe ShowThe Harry Secombe Show (TV Series) Choreography ( 1 episode, 1973 )  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for A Christmas Night with the StarsA Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) Choreography (The Young Generation) ( 1 episode, 1972 )  Less 1972 1
Self (64 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Eyes of FaithEyes of Faith Himself  Less 2018 $1.2MM
  • Primary photo for Last of the ShowmenLast of the Showmen Himself  Less 2018 $1MM
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Himself - Judge / Judge / Himself ( 244 episodes, 2005–2017 )  Less 2005–2017
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  • Primary photo for Home & FamilyHome & Family (TV Series) Himself / Himself - Guest ( 4 episodes, 2014–2017 )  Less 2014–2017
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  • Primary photo for Dance IconsDance Icons (TV Series) Himself - Guest ( 1 episode, 2017 )  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for GeekRockTVGeekRockTV (TV Series) Himself - (A Snow White Christmas) ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for Access Hollywood LiveAccess Hollywood Live (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for American Idol: The Search for a SuperstarAmerican Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV Series) Himself ( 5 episodes, 2004–2016 )  Less 2004–2016
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  • Primary photo for Close Up with the Hollywood ReporterClose Up with the Hollywood Reporter (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for The Saturday Night StoryThe Saturday Night Story (TV Movie) Himself - Executive Producer, Beadle's About / Dancer, The Young Generation / Producer & Director, Gladiators / Controller of ITV Entertainment & Comedy, 1996-2001  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Hollywood Health ReportHollywood Health Report (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Live from the Red Carpet: The 2015 Tony AwardsLive from the Red Carpet: The 2015 Tony Awards (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for The Meredith Vieira ShowThe Meredith Vieira Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for The 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas ParadeThe 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for Move TVMove TV (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 2011–2013 )  Less 2011–2013
  • Primary photo for The DoctorsThe Doctors (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Good Day L.A.Good Day L.A. (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 2013 )  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Larry King NowLarry King Now (TV Series) Himself - Guest ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for The TalkThe Talk (TV Series) Himself (segment "Mystery Celebrity Dads") / Himself - Guest ( 3 episodes, 2011–2013 )  Less 2011–2013
  • Primary photo for My Beautiful GameMy Beautiful Game (TV Series) Self  Less 2013–  $500K
  • Primary photo for 100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance (TV Movie) Himself - Executive Producer, 1993 Royal Variety Performance  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (TV Special) Himself - Presenter  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for Fox and FriendsFox and Friends (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for The Talent Show StoryThe Talent Show Story (TV Series) Himself ( 5 episodes, 2012 )  Less 2012
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  • Primary photo for Method to the Madness of Jerry LewisMethod to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Buddy Holly: Listen to Me - The Ultimate Buddy PartyBuddy Holly: Listen to Me - The Ultimate Buddy Party (TV Special) Himself  Less 2011 $550K
  • Primary photo for The BAFTA Britannia AwardsThe BAFTA Britannia Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day TelethonJerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (TV Series) Himself - Host ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for BreakfastBreakfast (TV Series) Himself - Judge, 'So You Think You Can Dance' ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Loose WomenLoose Women (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Big Morning Buzz LiveBig Morning Buzz Live (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for So You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) Himself - Judge / Himself ( 14 episodes, 2010–2011 )  Less 2010–2011
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  • Primary photo for The ViewThe View (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2010 )  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for The One ShowThe One Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2010 )  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for 2010 Britannia Awards2010 Britannia Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes TwoStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Jimmy Kimmel Live!Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 2009 )  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for The Bonnie Hunt ShowThe Bonnie Hunt Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for The 2009 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsThe 2009 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Entertainment TonightEntertainment Tonight (TV Series) Himself ( 5 episodes, 2007–2009 )  Less 2007–2009
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  • Primary photo for Hollywood LivesHollywood Lives (TV Series) Himself - Executive Producer, American Idol ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009
    • The Beckhams & The Brits (Jul 14, 2009) Himself - Executive Producer, American Idol  Less
  • Primary photo for Rachael RayRachael Ray (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Square OffSquare Off (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2007 )  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for 2007 Britannia Awards2007 Britannia Awards (TV Special) Himself  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for The Best of the Royal VarietyThe Best of the Royal Variety (TV Series) Himself ( 3 episodes, 2006 )  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for The Story of Light EntertainmentThe Story of Light Entertainment (TV Mini-series) Himself ( 4 episodes, 2006 )  Less 2006
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  • Primary photo for Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres ShowEllen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2006 )  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for Corkscrewed: The Wrath of GrapesCorkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes (TV Series) Himself  Less 2006– 
  • Primary photo for What Did ITV Do for Me?What Did ITV Do for Me? (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Good Day LiveGood Day Live (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2005 )  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Who Killed Saturday Night TV?Who Killed Saturday Night TV? (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for On-Air with Ryan SeacrestOn-Air with Ryan Seacrest (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 2004 )  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Being Simon CowellBeing Simon Cowell (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for The Oprah Winfrey ShowThe Oprah Winfrey Show (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Top TenTop Ten (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2002 )  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for I Love MuppetsI Love Muppets (TV Special) Himself  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for The Enemy WithinThe Enemy Within (TV Series) Himself - Presenter ( 1 episode, 2002 )  Less 2002
    • Episode #1.1 (Mar 25, 2002) Himself - Presenter  Less
  • Primary photo for The Hear'Say StoryThe Hear'Say Story (TV Special) Himself  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for PopstarsPopstars (TV Series) Himself - Judge ( 2 episodes, 2001 )  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for The Challenge: The Making of Charlotte ChurchThe Challenge: The Making of Charlotte Church (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for GladiatorsGladiators (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 1993–1994 )  Less 1993–1994
    • Heat 2 (Sep 17, 1994) Himself (uncredited)  Less
    • Quarter Final 2 (Nov 20, 1993) Himself (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for 3-2-13-2-1 (TV Series) Himself ( 2 episodes, 1985–1986 )  Less 1985–1986
  • Primary photo for It's LuluIt's Lulu (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1970 )  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for MoveMove Himself  Less
Archive Footage (3 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for TV's Nastiest VillainsTV's Nastiest Villains (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for The Big Fat Quiz of the 00sThe Big Fat Quiz of the 00s (TV Special) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for Chelsea LatelyChelsea Lately (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2012 )  Less 2012
    • Episode #6.99 (Jul 9, 2012) Himself (archive footage)  Less

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