Filmed in front of a live studio audience in the week of transmission, the always up-for-a-laugh, always startlingly honest husband & wife presenting duo will be joined by more celebrity couples to poke fun at life, relationships, annoyances, parenting and absolutely everything in between. Nominated for a 2023 National Comedy Award (alongside The Graham Norton Show and Taskmaster), the show saw 6.7 million people watching the first series on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer (11% of the total TV audience).
Much-loved couples who shared their relationship highs and, let’s face it most importantly, their ‘BEEFS’, included: Jamie Laing and Sophie Habboo (with Jamie confessing he pictured Dame Judi Dench when in bed), Martin and Shirlie Kemp (Martin said he fancied Shirlie most when she’s at home in the garden in her wellies), Craig Revel Horwood and Jonathan Myring (Craig revealed being single was a disaster for him as online dates only wanted to access his Strictly co-stars – luckily all ending when he met fiancé Jonathan, who had no idea he was even famous), Martine McCutcheon and Jack McManus (who would have thought the legendary Queen Vic barmaid would ban her husband from drinking spirits? But Martine branded Jack “a danger to himself” revealing a local restaurant owner once told her Jack was in a skip with a bollard on his head), Tom and Giovanna Fletcher (Giovanna led the charge for some on-air shots of Grappa… with Chris later confessing, “genuinely, I can’t read the autocue!”) and Fleur East with husband Marcel Badiane-Robin (with Marcel revealing when he first met Fleur’s protective late father, he demanded a copy of Marcel’s passport so his policeman brother could run a ‘background check’!).
With other popular elements of the show also regularly threatening to steal the limelight including Lou Sanders‘ infamous appearance (also going viral with 4.7 million views on Facebook and 3.2 million on TikTok) on Please Keep Me Anonymous where a well-known face reads out some terrifying audience confessions. Or It Goes Or I Go, where audience members compete to rid themselves of something their loved one just refuses to remove from the house and, where, memorably, Ronan Keating made a surprise appearance joining a Boyzone mega-fan on stage to smash up some of her prized memorabilia which the Telegraph called, “one of the most heart-warming TV moments you’ll see all month”.
The couple’s hit podcast Sh**ged.Married.Annoyed. has seen over 145 million downloads to date, it spawned a Sunday Times #1 best-selling book and broke the Guinness world record for the biggest live podcast show – in London alone they sold out The O2 Arena, Wembley Arena and The Palladium, as well as other arenas around the UK including (of course) Newcastle Arena. Set for another major arena tour this year the show has won multiple awards including two National Comedy Awards for Best Podcast, a Global Award for Best Podcast and British Podcast Awards for Listeners’ Choice and Best Entertainment.
On television Chris is known for: memorably coming second on Taskmaster; being a popular semi-finalist of 2019’s Strictly Come Dancing; co-hosting the BBC’s iconic Children In Need three years in a row; hosting BBC One’s prime time Little Mix: The Search; regularly guest hosting The One Show; as well as hosting The Chris Ramsey Show and Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central. Rosie’s infectious personality and quick wit have led to her to appearing in the most recent Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special and The Great British Sewing Bee, with other recent television appearances including The Wheel and Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes. Before the podcast and television success Rosie co-hosted the drive-time show on Capital North East. As a couple Chris & Rosie have appeared on many of the UK’s biggest shows including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (Midnight Gameshow) and The Graham Norton Show.
Produced by Avalon (Starstruck, Taskmaster, Breeders) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the 6 x 45 min series was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, BBC Head of Entertainment. The Executive Producers for Avalon are Richard Allen-Turner, Jon Thoday and Robyn O’Brien. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Katie Taylor.
What the press said…
“Chris and Rosie Ramsey are laughing, and making me laugh… Domestic, honest, intimate, silly, full of vaguely disgusting stories about everyday events you might not recount to your great-aunt, but you would definitely tell a friend… It is, as Frank Carson used to say, the way they tell ’em. They are funny people and, though this is not true of all funny people, they are funnier together than apart.”
Miranda Sawyer, The Observer
“Who’d have guessed that two decades after they split up, pop combo Boyzone would provide one of the most heartwarming TV moments you’ll see all month…Laing brought the house down by demonstrating his cocktail mixology skills and confessing that he pictured Dame Judi Dench during sex… winning enthusiasm and sheer charm. The Ramseys proved warm, natural interviewers and their unfiltered reactions felt genuine.”
Michael Hogan, The Telegraph
“Another celebrity couple join the Ramseys for a relationship MOT as the raucous chatshow wraps up its first series. Will it be recommissioned? After seeing the hosts convince an audience member to demonstrate how he picks his nose with his partner’s toe the other week, it surely must.”
Graeme Virtue, The Guardian
“There’s one section I love in it and it’s called ‘It Goes Or I Go’ and my list would be massive, absolutely massive… Rosie, first time hosting a tv show, I mean you are absolutely brilliant on it, killing it”
Alex Jones, The One Show
“it was inevitable that they’d get a show on television. Their USP is comedy bickering; she’s the star and he’s smart enough to know it”
Helen Stewart, The Sunday Times
“It’s good… we had a good time watching it”
Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live
“It’s a great show”
Ronan Keating, Magic
“The husband and wife’s likeable series” ★★★★
Mark Wareham, The Mail on Sunday
“often frank, sometimes crude and always amusing… a show designed to poke fun at life”
Jane Rackham, Radio Times
“You won’t be surprised to hear that our chat with Chris and Rosie left us in fits of laughter… they had us in stitches during the entire call. So we’re happy to confirm that the pair are just as sidesplittingly funny in real life”
Chloe Alexandrou, The Daily Star on Sunday
“The two of you are wonderful”
Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2
“Regardless of how busy they are, they remarkably find time for a (joyous) 45-minute chat where we touch upon almost everything. Unlike most celebrity interviews, the tone is completely relaxed and friendly.”
Helen Daly, Radio Times
“Comic Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie have seen their brand of public bickering go stratospheric…”
Gemma Graham, The Sun
“up-for-a-laugh, bickering humour… No doubt by 9.45pm their podcast will win even more subscribers”
Sara Wallis, The Daily Mirror
“The hilarious husband and wife duo… if it’s a bit of a struggle to find the joy in life these days, you can get ready to turn that frown upside down… who better to give us some much needed couples counselling, and just a good old giggle”
Samantha Earl, Heat
“brash, bantering brand of relationship advice… anything-goes energy”
“hilarious look at married life and parenthood”
Cecile Metcalf, Total TV Guide / TV Choice
Daily Mirror/Daily Express
“hilarious and brutally honest”
Sunday Express/Daily Star
Kay Ribeiro, Heat
Daily Mail ★★★★
“It’s a brave couple who brings their real-life relationship to the big or small screen, but this entertaining late-night offering, starring husband and wife Chris and Rosie Ramsey, is a genuine breath of fresh air”
The Yorkshire Post
“Chris and Rosie Ramsey definitely get points for bravery for bringing us this series. However, if you’ve been watching, you’ll know that isn’t the only reason to praise them – they’re also extremely entertaining”
The Herald (Scotland)