The show was first on as two pilots in late May 2009; it proved popular with the public and was commissioned for a series and ran for 16 series from 2009 to 2016. The first episode drew in a total of 2.15 million viewers. To date, the show has broadcast 16 series and 181 episodes. The eleventh series consisted of 18 episodes, making it the longest series to date. A new series began airing on 30 August 2013. In 2013, Carr signed a two-year contract extension with Channel 4, which would see him staying at the channel until 2015 in a new deal worth £4 million. The sixteenth and final series premiered on 3 March 2016 and finished on 5 May 2016.
One Direction appeared on the show on December 15, 2015, performing their single Drag Me Down. Their performance was recorded and shown on the Christmas special of the show.
One Direction appeared on the show on September 28, 2012.
One Direction appeared on the show on July 29, 2011. They also appeared on the show on November 27, 2011.