The One Show not to miss as Bath's Christmas lights switch-on broadcast live on TV
This was one show no one wanted to miss in Bath and millions across the nation tuned in to watch as well.
All eyes were on Bath tonight as the One Show stars Matt Baker and Alex Jones launched the city's Christmas celebrations with special guest comedian John Bishop.
The prime time show's green sofas were set up and an audience of thousands crammed into Milsom Street to watch the show beamed live from Bath.
And sharing top billing with John, Matt and Alex was supposed to be the moment Bath's Christmas lights shone bright.
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But as the cheers rang out and the crowd counted down there was laughter as just one of the lights flickered into life.
For what seemed like an age the remaining lights in Milsom Street refused to join the party before, finally, burning bright.
In the past couple of years Hollywood star Nicholas Cage and Monty Python legend John Cleese have stepped up to light Bath's festive illuminations.
Tonight it was John and the One Show presenters who stepped forward with the help of youngsters tackling a Rickshaw Challenge to throw the switch on this year's spectacle.
John joked with the crowd, and the millions watching on television: "I've been switching lights on and off in our house for years."
Bath's Olympic heroes Heather Stanning and Samantha Murray had earlier stepped on stage to rapturous applause as the best of Bath was broadcast to Britain.
Young and old joined in the community singing as conductor Grenville Jones, the City of Bath Male Choir and a special Norland Nanny choir kept the crowds entertained before the live show began.
And a team of young riders taking part in the show's Rickshaw Challenge in aid of BBC Children in Need arrived as seven million people watched at home.
Alex announced they had raised over £500,000 on their journey to London.
In the crowd Janet and Russ Peters from Chew Manga said there there was a lovely atmosphere, with everyone very happy and relaxed.
But Janet admitted they had earlier lost their place at front of the crowd.
"We feel a bit cheated because we came at 4 o’clock, went to have something to eat and when we came back there were all these people.
"I didn’t expect to see so many people."
John Bishop, Matt Baker and Alex Jones reflect on the night the One Show came to Bath in this week's Bath Chronicle. Plus, were you in the crowd? Look out for pages of pictures