1 Leicester Square was a chatshow hosted by Russell Brand which began April 2, 2006 on MTV UK. The show featured celebrity guests, musical entertainment and various asides featuring the presenter. The show was widely viewed as a vehicle for the comeback of Brand after his sacking from MTV in 2001.
The show begins with an announcer introducing the presenter. Controversially, he was once introduced as being 'bigger than Jesus
' in reference to a misquoted claim by John Lennon
claiming that The Beatles
were bigger than Jesus
After entering Brand sits in a flamboyantly upholstered chair with a zebra
fabric for the seat covering. He then introduces the musical act for the show and they will play a track. After this, an announcer will introduce the first guest (usually the biggest star) with a comically fabricated fact or anecdote about them. The guest will then be interviewed whilst they sit on a sofa
next to Brand. After this interview, there is usually a commercial break.
After the break, Brand usually interviews the musical act that is on the show this week in another area of the studio. This is usually punctuated with a sketch and Daniel and Len's Video Review (see below). This interview is typically followed with another interview by Brand next to a mock bar with another celebrity. After this interview there is another commercial break.
The last portion of the show is taken up with the segment For Pity's Sake Help Us (see below), followed by another performance from the guest musical act.
The show has featured many guests on it. These include: -
The show has occasionally featured interviews that are pre-recorded, outside of the studio. Guests that have been interviewed in this fashion include: -
Musical acts that have appeared on the show include: -
In series 2 of the show, all of the short features have been removed from the show with the exception of For Pity's Sake Help Us. Daniel and Len now appear on Russell Brand's Got Issues, introducing each show with a skit loosely connected to the week's topic.
Daniel and Len's Video Review
Daniel and Len's Video Review is a weekly feature of the program in which there are typically three different reviews of videos that have been recently released. The actual reviewing takes a backseat to discussion of developments in the lives of Daniel and his grandson Len. Daniel is played by Russell Brand and is portrayed as an old man, whilst Len (played by Brand's friend and BBC Radio 2
colleague Matt Morgan
) is portrayed as a very pale baby. There is an ongoing theme of Daniel's struggle to seduce elaine, a social worker who was assigned to look after Len. Dogtanian
was also frequently referred to, being championed by Len and damned by Daniel after he lived in their house, strutting around in a vest top 'giving it the big I am'.
Pimp My Application
Pimp My Application is a spoof of the popular MTV UK show Pimp My Ride UK
. It has only appeared once on the show. Russell Brand parodies Tim Westwood, giving him a hook for a hand, a peg leg and a squawking voice. Brand lampoons the show by using over-exaggerated street speak when describing how they are going to 'pimp' up a person's CV when he is applying for a job.
For Pity's Sake Help Us
This is a feature that Brand always ends the show with, save the last musical performance. Audience members are asked if they have any problems and these are then answered by some of the celebrities that have appeared earlier in the show.
The Rats is a sketch that is performed before each of the commercial breaks and at the end of the show. Two rats are crudely manipulated and given human voices. They will usually engage in a short, humorous conversation that loosely relates to a topic of discussion in the previous segment.
Gatwick is a model of a man that loosely resembles Prince Charles
and is occasionally used by Brand as a prop on the show.
Dan the Researcher
Dan is the show's mysterious researcher that Brand alludes to after fabricating or bringing up an obscure fact about his interviewee.