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Billy Connolly received the Bafta Fellowship at the  Bafta TV Awards on May 8th.

HBO Max renews original comedy series JULIA for a second season

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Will Return for Season 12, Larry David Confirms 

Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed Never Have I Ever.. will return to Netflix on August 12.

The Goldbergs renewed for 10th season at ABC

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson has been renewed for Season 3 on Netflix

The third season of FX’s  Breeders premieres May 9. Stream on Hulu

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Single Drunk Female renewed for second series by Disney’s Freeform

‘And Just Like That’ Renewed for Second Season at HBO Max

Apple’s global hit murder-mystery comedy “The Afterparty” renewed for season two

‘Saved by the Bell’ reboot cancelled after two seasons at Peacock

HBO Max renews original comedy series MINX for a second season

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Neil Patrick Harris stars in an upcoming Netflix comedy series titled Uncoupled.

The story follows a character named Michael, “who thought his life was perfect until his husband blindsides him by walking out the door after 17 years. Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares — losing what he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City.”

The series will launch on July 29th.

Christmas Carole – a Sky Original comedy

A yuletide story of our times, with apologies to Charles Dickens. BAFTA Award-winning Suranne Jones stars in this seasonal new Sky Original. Carole Mackay (Jones) is an unashamedly outspoken and wealthy entrepreneur. Her online business selling all things festive has earned her a fortune, as well as the nickname ‘Christmas Carole’.

But her success hasn’t made her a better human being. In fact, it’s made her worse. The truth is that Carole is a monumentally mean person. Positively Scrooge-like. And, just like Ebeneezer, she doesn’t love Christmas at all. But this Christmas Eve, Carole’s past, present and future are about to collide. Will some rather familiar Christmas spirits help her discover the true spirit of Christmas?
No release date yet but sneaking feeling it might be around Christmas time 🙂

Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything – a Sky Original comedy

Rosie Molloy (Sheridan Smith) is addicted to everything. Smoking, alcohol, Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, Xanax, Adderall, caffeine… the list goes on. After an embarrassing incident at her brother Joey’s wedding, she wakes up in hospital and decides to change her life by ‘giving up everything’.

But as Rosie juggles her father’s ill health and the possibility of losing her job, she has the dawning realisation that her addictions are destroying everything – her friendships, her family and her work life. Harder still is the realisation that perhaps it isn’t the addictions that are the problem. If Rosie really does give up everything, will she still be Rosie?
No release date yet. Latest Comedy News

  • The second season of the Max Original comedy sketch show THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE will debut on THURSDAY, MAY 26 with all six episodes.
     From Emmy®-nominated comedian Michael Che’s distinct perspective, comes a groundbreaking sketch comedy series that illustrates what it feels like to experience various everyday situations. With Che interweaving candid reflections throughout, each episode features comedy legends and rising stars alike in sharp, original vignettes that center around a particular theme or incident. Tackling the uncomfortable truths behind provocative and timely topics such as race, cancel culture, and reproductive rights, THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE is as thought-provoking as it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Romantic Getaway – a Sky Original comedy

Allison (Katherine Ryan) and Deacon (Romesh Ranganathan) are desperate for a baby, but they’ve run out of money to fund any more IVF treatment. So they decide to ‘borrow’ the £50k they need from their filthy rich boss Alfie, who they discover is illegally creaming off money from the company. And it works! Except that, on a whim, Deacon secretly adds an extra nought to the transfer, and actually steals half a million quid. Also, Allison is secretly starting to doubt whether she wants a baby after all. Their web of lies kicks off a downward spiral into the criminal underworld of suburban Britain, and pushes them, and their plans for their future together, to the limit.

Romantic Getaway is a six-part, modern Bonnie and Clyde story mixing classic romantic comedy moments with high octane, thrilling set-pieces and stars two of Britain’s most loved comedy talents, Romesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan.

Produced by Ranga Bee and Sky Studios. Written by Romesh Ranganathan and Ben Green, directed by Shaun Wilson and produced by Caroline Norris. The executive producers are Ben Green and Michelle Farr-Scott for Ranga Bee and Anil Gupta and Jon Mountague for Sky Studios. No release date yrt.

Read more about this unlikely pair's trip around their homeland by clicking the image above

Fox is finalizing a straight-to-series order to a black comedy about a meteorologist whose life unspools after a freak injury at work. Cindy Snow, from The Flight Attendant creator Steve Yockey and Warner Bros TV

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Four New Comedies From Sky Max and NOW. Click images for more details

PRU launches on Thursday 26th May on BBC Three at 10pm, with all episodes available from 6am as a boxset release on BBC iPlayer.

New Comedy for
BBC Three

PRU is a comedy about a group of teens struggling to navigate adolescence in a pupil referral unit, a school for excluded kids. Written by Alex Tenenbaum and Nathaniel Stevens and told through the eyes of four charismatic but complex young people, for whom sometimes even the smallest of obstacles can feel like the end of the world.

More details and interview >here

Edie Falco joins Bubkis

Edie Falco, the Emmy-winning actress has been cast to star opposite Pete Davidson in the Peacock comedy series  Bupkis.

The half-hour, live-action comedy was picked up straight to series following a bidding war in April and is described as a heightened, fictionalized version of Davidson’s real life. The series, in which Davidson stars, will combine grounded storytelling with absurd elements from Davidson’s unfiltered worldview.

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Pivoting was surprisingly cancelled at Fox after it emerged that the highly acclaimed comedy would not return for a second series. Pivoting had a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes as one of the best-reviewed new broadcast series. 

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Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox, said that cancelling the show, which stars Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin and Maggie Q, was a “hard call”.

“Liz Astrof and Aaron Kaplan are great partners and we have to make tough decisions. We had to look at it holistically, not just as a show, but as a business and in this case we were sorry not to renew it,” he said.

With the increasingly competitive nature of streaming services we can expect to see many more shows being cut. News to follow.

 Welcome (back) To Flatch

Welcome to Flatch has been renewed for a second Season at Fox,  Based on Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper’s BBC Studios’ BAFTA-winning BBC format This Country.

Welcome to Flatch is told through the eyes of a documentary crew exploring the lives of inhabitants of the midwestern town of Flatch. The crew finds worthy subjects in young-adult cousins and best friends Kelly Mallet (Holmes) and Lloyd Mallet (Sam Straley) who let the production crew in on their everyday lives and local events.
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Netflix has commissioned a new quiz show Cheat, co-hosted by the delectable Ellie Taylor and Danny Dyer, from Never Mind The Buzzcocks producer Talkback.

Cheat will be filmed in front of a studio audience and promises a ‘ground-breaking, high-stakes’ quiz show in which four contestants are tested across three rounds as they attempt to avoid elimination and compile a jackpot worth up to £50,000. Called Cheat because it involves a twist in which contestants are able to cheat their way to victory if they don’t know the answer.

The show is based on an original idea by Giles Boden, whose credits include Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Night Line-Up and A League of Their Own.

Ellie Taylor said: “Cheat has all the elements I want in a quiz show; great questions, unashamed cheating and Danny Dyer calling me ‘Treacle’ at least once per episode.”

Danny Dyer said: “This is a great new series and there’s no quiz show better suited for me; expect enormous wins, loads of slippery people cheating and banter with the one and only, Ellie Taylor.”the

Magic Light Pictures, the multi-Oscar nominated production company, is bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story of a love which overcomes divisions, The Smeds And The Smoos, to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for Christmas 2022.

Bill Bailey joins the all-star cast which will see double Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water) as Narrator, joined by Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) as Grandmother Smoo, Meera Syal (Roar) as Aunt Smed and Rob Brydon (Gavin And Stacey) as Uncle Smoo, Ashna Rabberu (Sex Education) as Janet and Daniel Ezra (All American) as Bill.

Where are the new classic sitcoms?

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When The One Show recently ran a poll to find the best-loved BBC shows ever, half of the top programmes were sitcoms – but none was launched within the last 15 years. So where are the future classics?

Mange tout, mange tout, no prizes fro guessing which comedy came out top in the poll

 

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RED NOSE DAY USA


Red Nose Day, for Comic Relief returns to NBC on Thursday, May 26 at 8-9p.m. ET/PT with a special encore broadcast of the hilarious star-studded adventure ‘Celebrity Escape Room’. Starring: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott

Fresh Murder, They Hope

Comedy channel Gold has ordered a second series of Murder, They Hope written by comic Jason Cook and starring Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson.

Read more >here

Latest Comedy News 13th May 2022

Two and a half million
Meet The Richardsons

Meet The Richardsons has been renewed for two new series – that’s 20 more episodes about the fictionalised married life of comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont.

Read more >here

Jack Rooke’s Big Boys comes to C4 Thurs May 26th

Jack Rooke’s endearing comedy about two boys from very different ends of the ‘spectrum of masculinity’ who become best mates at Brent Uni freshers’ week 2013.  Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) plays is  dweeby, sheltered, closeted nineteen-year-old Jack from Watford, trying to overcome his grief after his dad’s passing and figure out what he wants in life.

Latest Comedy News 12th May 2022

NBC has picked up Lopez Vs. Lopez,  a working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between.

George Lopez and Mayan Lopez star alongside Selenis Leyva, Brice Gonzalez and Matt Shively with Laci Mosley and and Kiran Deol recurring.

Mortimer and Whitehouse Going Fishing Again

 

Owl Power has confirmed that  production on the fourth series of the critically acclaimed Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, for BBC2 has begun.

Grace and Frankie Season 7: starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, pulled in 23.18M hours viewed, making it No 2 watched programme on Netflix in the UK behind Ozark

Upload S3 coming

Amazon Studios has renewed the fan favorite sci-fi comedy series Upload from Emmy Award-winning writer Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) for a third season

NBC has ordered renewals for three of its comedies: “Young Rock” for a third season and “American Auto” and “Grand Crew” for their respective second seasons.
It has however cancelled second-year comedies Kenan and Mr. Mayor.

Latest Comedy News 13th May 2022

Yay! That Jerk, Tim Renkow, is back for a third series

BAFTA nominated Tim Renkow (Live at the Apollo, Bobby and Harriet) to star in a third series of Jerk for BBC Three and iPlayer. 

Co-written by Renkow and Shaun Pye (There She Goes, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order), Jerk is a black comedy that revolves around the character of Tim, a man who uses the fact that he has cerebral palsy to try and get away with anything. Tim makes people feel uncomfortable. He knows that because he does it on purpose. But that’s his problem, time spent taking aim at small targets means he constantly misses out on life’s bigger prizes.

Read more here

Cast of reboot of bad Education
Credit: Gary Moyes

Bad Education Gets A Reboot and a Special  

Bad Education reboot and a special to return for a one-off, 10-year anniversary special episode (1×45), followed by the launch of a brand new reboot(6×30), which will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

The reboot welcomes back two former classmates, world class diva Stephen (Layton Williams) and soon-to-be-family-man-with-responsibilities Mitchell (Charlie Wernham)to the other side of the desk as newly qualified – or not – teachers.

 
 
 
Latest Comedy News 12th May 2022
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The Detectorists   

The Detectorists find more treasure. After a five-year absence, the triple BAFTA winning comedy, is to return later this year for a one-off 75 minute special.  

MacKenzie Crook and Toby Jones starring in a one off special episode of The Detectorists

Detectorists launched in October 2014 and there have been 19 half hour episodes since, this long form version of the show will bring viewers up to date with the lives of Andy, Lance, Becky and the Danebury Metal Detecting Club.

James Corden’s THE LATE LATE SHOW final year kicks off with a return to London

Emmy Award-winning THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN is returning to London to broadcast four special episodes from Freemasons’ Hall in Central London. The episodes will be available from Tuesday 28 June – Friday 1 July on Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW. THE LATE LATE SHOW has not broadcast in London since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The upcoming visit marks the fourth time the series will film from the U.K. and the first time from Freemasons’ Hall. The news comes on the heels of Corden’s recent announcement that he will host just one more year of his popular late night series, promising his audience that he will make the most of his final run on the show.

During the London-based episodes, Corden will share highlights of his homeland and THE LATE LATE SHOW’s signature musical and comedy segments will get a British makeover. Guests and additional creative elements will be revealed closer to these special broadcasts. Each weeknight, James Corden invites the audience to join in on the fun as the Emmy Award-winning THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show holds the YouTube record for the most-watched late night clip with “Adele Carpool Karaoke,” which has 254 million views.

Comedian Jack Carroll to star in BBC short film Mobility

Jack Carroll on the move with Mobility  

Full story >here   

Greg Davies cleans up again in series 2 of The Cleaner

Greg Davies to clean up again 


Full story >here  

Mawaan Rizwan to star in new sereis Juice

Mawaan Rizwan Squeezes the Juice 

Full story>here

Jon Petrie, BBC’s Director of Comedy, has today laid out his plans for the future of BBC comedy. Speaking at the BBC Comedy Festival in Newcastle, the current City of Comedy.

Read his full speech here

Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed Mindy Kaling series, Never Will I Ever, returns to Netflix on August 12.

The series stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, a first-generation Indian American teen who’s grieving her recently deceased father and trying to navigate the social and romantic pitfalls of high school.

The coming-of-age comedy will come to an end with its 4th season, which is scheduled to premiere in 2023.

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One

Sue Perkins, Richard Osman, Matt Lucas, Anna Maxwell Martin and Ralf Little follow in their ancestors’ footsteps in this new five-part series with stories of bravery, loss, heartbreak, sacrifice, resilience and joy filtering down through the generations.

Read the full story here>

At 93, James Hong finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

James Hong, one of the most prolific Asian American actors in history, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. 

Hong — who has 700 credits, including “Blade Runner” and Disney’s original “Mulan” — was honored at a ceremony attended by several of his co-stars over the years. Also in attendance were most of the cast of his recent sci-fi comedy, “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” in which he plays Gong Gong, the father of the main character, Evelyn. 

Netflix Is A Joke Festival

In the weeks ahead, some of the incredible performances filmed at Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival will be available to watch on the streamer.

These shows represent some of the best  comedic talent and everyone who performed, helped to create the biggest comedy festival in US history. From Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in conversation to John Mulaney performing at both the Forum and the Hollywood Bowl, and an unforgettable evening during Stand Out … this festival was a celebration of comedy and a true civic event. 

Full details here>

Dennis Waterman has died aged 74

A family statement said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain.”
He died on Sunday afternoon with wife Pam at his side, they said.

Waterman is perhaps best known for his starring role in Minder, where he played Terry McCann for several years – going on to appear in other shows such as The Sweeney and New Tricks.
However his comic talents were revealed playing George Cole’s put upon assistant in Minder as well in the comedy drama Stay Lucky and the sitcom On The Up playing with Joan Sims (Mrs Wembley) and Sam Kelly.

Waterman became well-known for singing the theme songs to many of his shows, and was caricatured by David Walliams in Little Britain as a result. During his acting career, he continued to pursue his love of music, and had number one hits in Australia and New Zealand, and reached No3 in the UK charts with I Could Be So Good For You, the theme song from Minder.

Premieres on Netflix June 15th

Melissa McCarthy Stars with Real Life Husband Ben Falcone

The logline for God’s Favourite Idiot reads: “Clark Thompson (Falcone) is a mid-level tech support employee, who takes saunas with his dad, Gene (Kevin Dunn), pines after his co-worker Amily (McCarthy), and loves his cats. When he starts to glow, he begins to realize this isn’t an average day at the office and God has bigger plans for him. Clark can’t save mankind by himself, he must gather his flock of mismatched co-workers, his longtime crush Amily and angelic allies to outwit Satan herself (Leslie Bibb). Together, they’re just a bunch of average humans coming together for the greater good because, after all, you can’t save the world alone.” 

Stephen Merchant’s, The Outlaws, comedy drama about seven strangers forced to undertake community service in Bristol will return for a second season next month.

Read review of series 1 here>

The official logline for the new series says: Following on directly from the first series, The Outlaws still have time to serve on their sentences – but now they must face the fallout from their actions. If they thought the criminal underworld or the local police were done with them, they are sorely mistaken. The Outlaws must depend on one another while working with unlikely allies to atone for their sins – but can they save themselves without sacrificing their souls?”.

Alongside Stephen Merchant (who also created and writes the series), the returning cast includes Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jessica Gunning, Charles Babalola, Nina Wadia, Dolly Wells, Ian McElhinney, Claes Bang, Tom Hanson and Aiyana Goodfellow.

As a special treat Julia Davis, perhaps best known as Gavin & Stacey’s Dawn, is set to join the series as a guest star in the new season.

The Outlaws season 2 will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in June. Season 1 is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now

New Comedy ‘Spreadsheet’

Latest Comedy News: Channel 4 has acquired eight-part comedy series SPREADSHEET starring Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Here We Go).

The show poses the age-old question: can women really have it all – if by ‘all’ we mean sexual freedom, a career, a family and their sanity?”

Spreadsheet looks to answer this conundrum, centring on a divorced, hectic mother-of-two Lauren (Katherine Parkinson) who is looking for sex without commitment.

Spreadsheet will premiere on Channel 4 on Wednesday 18th May 2022 at 10pm and will then be available as a boxset on All4.

Answering a call from a horny guy while her child has a meltdown about toothpaste and she struggles to find that crucial piece of paperwork for court, while dealing with ridiculous questions from her twit of an ex-husband Jake, is not the erotic experience she’s after. To get what she wants, Lauren is going to need a watertight planner.

With the help of best friend Alex (played by Rowan Witt), Lauren develops the ‘Spreadsheet’: a database of sex options, customised to ensure her sushi train of sex rolls around with variety and order amidst the chaos of her life. What Lauren didn’t expect was a slew of needy men, which apparently even a well-managed excel tracker can’t control.

Katherine Parkinson commented: “It was so much fun filming Spreadsheet in Melbourne with the most brilliant team of people. I loved living Lauren’s hectic life for a few months, and I am thinking about going on dating apps myself now.”

Alongside Katherine Parkinson, Spreadsheet features a stellar cast including Rowan Witt (The Book of Mormon, The Matrix, South Pacific), Robbie Magisiva (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Wentworth) and Zahra Newman (Neighbours).

Produced by Northern Pictures and created by Kala Ellis with Darren Ashton, this is Kala’s debut series as writer/creator. Global distribution for Spreadsheet is handled by ITV Studios.

Stewart Lee stand-up shows Snowflake and Tornado coming to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Stand-up comedian, Stewart Lee , returns to the BBC with two new shows Snowflake and Tornado, following his previous live special Stewart Lee: Content Provider in 2018.

This double-bill from the Bafta award-winning comedian will be filmed in front of a live audience in York, as part of his current national tour which is taking place in more than 60 towns and cities across the UK.

Snowflake and Tornado (2 x 60) will be available to watch on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer later this year.

Latest Comedy News 4th may 2022

Alan Carr’s Adventures With Agatha Christie

This summer, Alan Carr, the Chattyman and life-long Christie fanboy is going on a very personal Great British adventure inspired by his literary heroine. In this funny, celebratory and fact-packed travelogue Alan will head off in search of the places that inspired one of the world’s best loved and most read literary figures,  Agatha Christie.

Agatha’s novels are not only clever, twisting, and satisfying – they’re intrinsically British. No other author sums up the idea of a bygone Britishness quite the way she does. From Miss Marple’s genteel, pastoral world of tea with the Vicar to the metropolitan elegance depicted in Poirot, Agatha Christie painted a picture of Britishness that can be hard to find in modern Britain. But Alan is going to try, in this three-part series, from Wales-based Boom, part of ITV Studios. 

Stand-up Comedian Dave Chappelle Attacked

Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage on Tuesday during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Last year Chappelle was subjected to criticism and protests when his Netflix special was accused of being transphobic.

Clips shared on social media showed someone running into the star at the Netflix Is A Joke Festival. Although other videos showed the comic apparently unharmed after returning to the stage when the comedian made light of the incident suggesting to the audience that the attacker “was a trans man”.

ABC journalist Stephanie Wash, reported that  fellow comic Chris Rock – who was slapped on stage by Will Smith at the Oscars in March – then came on stage to offer his support to Chappelle.
Latest Comedy News 4thMay 2022

The Larkins, returns with a six-episode second season set to air in the Autumn. Production has begun in the Kent countryside and will continue through the summer months.

Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan are back as Pop and Ma Larkin in season 2 of the comedy drama, based on H.E. Bates’ novels.
The eldest Larkin daughter, Mariette, will be played by Joelle Rae, replacing actress Sabrina Bartlett who decided to leave the cast. Tok Stephen returns as Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton

Latest Comedy News 4th May 2022

Simon Bird to star in a new Channel 4 comedy 

Everyone Else Burns, written by Dillon Mapletoft and Oliver Taylor, explores life in a hyper-religious community and asks: how does an idiosyncratic family navigating modern day life protect themselves from eternal hell fire?

Bird, star of Friday Night Dinner, stars alongside Kate O’Flynn, Amy James-Kelly, Lolly Adefope, Al Roberts, Soph Galustian, Harry Connor, Ali Khan, Lloyd Griffith, Kadiff Kirwan, Morgana Robinson, Arsher Ali, Liam Williams, Kath Hughes, and Seb Cardinal.

Everyone Else Burns is a coming-of-age comedy about a Mancunian family and the puritanical Christian sect they are devoted to. Will patriarchal David Lewis ever ascend the church ranks and become an Elder? Will dutiful wife Fiona deviate from her own dogmatic moral compass? Will their naïve 17-year-old daughter Rachal be allowed to go to university, and will 12-year-old son Aaron ever fend off his secular bullies? All could lead to damnation.

Alex Brooker Tries New Hobbies

We’ve all tried a few hobbies over the last two years but are any of them actually worth Alex Brooker’s limited spare time? Hobby Man, a brand new four-part series from North One and Motion Content Group will follow Alex as he takes a crash course in British pastimes, accompanied by a raft of famous faces including comic, writer and actor Joe Wilkinson, TV personality Scarlett Moffatt, The Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas and chef broadcaster Andi Oliver.

Each hour-long episode will see Alex and his pal try their hand at three hobbies, from popular British pastimes to what may seem slightly more obscure pursuits – though in fact everything they explore will be something viewers can take up quite readily themselves – even gliding! Together they will bring viewers a potted history on each activity, covering everything from the origins and cost of the hobby to what you need to get started and the fascinating people you’re likely to meet along the way.

Alex said, “It’s been amazing travelling around Britain with our brilliant guests and getting out my comfort zone trying new hobbies. From learning to knit, making my own beer and getting panicked 3000ft in the air in a glider – it’s been some experience! I hope the audience enjoy it as much as I have.”

Latest Comedy News 3rd May 2022

Vicky McClure Champions The ‘Everyday’

Vicky McClure forms own TV production companyVicky McClure, who plays Detective Inspector Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty and Lana Washington in ITV’s Trigger Point, believes there are not enough programmes that show ordinary lives on television, that more shows need to be made by working-class people. 

She told The Times newspaper, “There’s not an awful lot out there at the moment that I feel is representing the everyday. I don’t think certain people live in the real world because of privilege. They forget what it’s like to deal with the mundane and the struggle of the day-to-day.”

So she and her fiancé Jonny Owen, a sports columnist for The Sunday Times, have formed a production company BYO (Build Your Own) Films in conjunction with All3 Media to champion more productions that represent the ‘everyday’. More news when we have it.

Latest Comedy News  1st May 2022

Lisa McGee creator of Derry Girls has written an additional episode of the phenomenally successful show to round off the story of the girls (and boy) at Our Lady Immaculate College,

Derry Girls stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin), Louisa Harland (Orla), Nicola Coughlan (Clare), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Michelle), Dylan Llewellyn (James) and the inimitable Siobhan McSweeney as Sister Michael. 

Set one year on, the extra 45 minute episode is set against the vote for the Good Friday Agreement: it will be broadcast following the last scheduled episode of the final series currently airing on Channel 4.

Their story moves forward a year as the pupils prepare for their final year of school.

Creator Lisa McGee said: ‘Like all the very best 90s bands, I couldn’t resist ending our farewell tour with an encore for our loyal fans. I’m delighted to say we’ll be returning for one extended special – airing in the same week as our final episode. ‘The special deals with the historic and momentous Good Friday Agreement vote , which coincides with the gang’s coming of age, they enter adulthood just as Northern Ireland embarks on a new future.

She added ‘I’m so proud of this show and of our incredible cast and crew and everything we’ve achieved over the past five years. What a journey it’s been. I’m so grateful Channel 4 gave me the space to end the stories of these characters that mean so much to me with this special. I really hope the fans love it as much as I do . Derry people aren’t great at saying Goodbye so I will instead use one of our native expressions ” That’s us away now”,

Derry Girls, made by Hat Trick Productions, is currently airing each week on Channel 4. Catch up on All4

Latest Comedy News 29th April 2022

Breeders Season 3 airs in US

Here’s the first trailer for Season 3 of Breeders, the parenting sitcom starring Martin Freeman & Daisy Haggard. The ten episode series premieres in the US on Monday May 9th at 10pm ET/PT on FX Networks, streaming next day on Hulu

UK air dates are yet to be confirmed

 

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ITV commissions second series of The 1% Club

Hit new ITV game show the 1% Club, hosted by Lee Mack and produced by Magnum Media, is to return for a second series, ITV have announced.

The Saturday night show, currently on air  in its first run, launched ahead of the average for its schedule slot with 3.4 million and a 25 per cent audience share [consolidating to 4m in the first week after its episode one TX on 9 April]  growing its audience to hit a 30 per cent share for its second and third episodes and draw  4.5m [episode two’s consolidated figure a week after TX].

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, creators, writers and stars of BBC comedy Inside No9 now in it’s 7th series, discuss the latest series at a special BFI event

All previous series and the latest episodes available on BBC IPlayer

Inside No. 9: Series 7
Merrily, Merrily

 

Laurence has arranged a reunion with his old university chums Callum and Darren at a remote lake. It’s not quite what they were expecting, and Darren has even brought along his new girlfriend. But a lot of water has passed under the bridge since their college days, and as they strike out across the empty lake, the conversation takes them into choppier waters

Rosie Jones Disability Extravaganza

Latest Comedy News: UKTV has commissioned Rosie Jones’s Disability Comedy Extravaganza (1×45′) as a UKTV Play and Dave YouTube channel exclusive. The live comedy showcase will be filmed on April 27th at a central London location and will launch on UKTV Play and the Dave YouTube channel in early summer.

Ensuring that the evening of entertainment is enjoyed by comedy fans as well as industry insiders, the Rosie Jones’s Disability Comedy Extravaganza will launch on streaming service UKTV Play as well as on the Dave YouTube channel, supporting Dave’s ongoing mission to bring audiences the freshest fix of funny on all platforms. The showcase will feature Josh Pugh, Bethany Black, Jake Lambert, Don Biswas, Sarah Mills, Sam Serrano, Lara Ricote, Dan Tiernan, William Thompson and Will Robbins. Headliner, Pugh, is set to appear on Hypothetical S4 this Spring, as well as joining the cast of upcoming UKTV original scripted comedy, Sneakerhead, which will TX on Dave later this year.

Rosie Jones said,

I am so excited to be hosting another UKTV Disability Comedy Extravaganza, particularly now this one rightfully has my name in the title! As we proved with the last event, it’s so important that TV doesn’t overlook disabled comedians as we are a ridiculously funny bunch. It’s so exciting that this time viewers will get to join in the fun and watch too!

Following the success of their #1 hit podcast Sh**ged.Married.Annoyed., real-life husband and wife Chris and Rosie Ramsey are bringing The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in mid-May.

Latest Comedy News: Following the success of their #1 hit podcast Sh**ged.Married.Annoyed., real-life husband and wife Chris and Rosie Ramsey are bringing The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in mid-May.

This brand new six-part BBC series will see the always up-for-a-laugh, always startlingly honest pair joined each week by a celebrity couple to poke fun at life; growing up, relationships, arguments, annoyances, parenting and everything in between.  With a host of other regular features and big star guests, The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show promises late-night laughs and plenty of chances for viewers to get involved.  Plus, of course, they’ll be asking the question that kick-started a thousand relationship re-evaluations… WHAT’S YOUR BEEF?

The Chris and Rosie Ramsey Show is produced by Avalon                            Latest Comedy News 25th April 2022

Alison Steadman talks about enjoying filming Here We Go 

Here We Go: Interview with Alison Steadman

Next Friday (29th) sees the launch of BBC1’s exciting new sitcom Here We Go, Tom Basden’s follow-up series to his very successful pilot Pandemonium which aired over Christmas 2020 (review here).

Here Alison Steadman, who plays Liverpudlian matriarch Sue Jessop, talks about the show

BAFTA-winning comedian, voice of Love Island and co-creator and star of BufferingIain Stirling is set to release his first Amazon Original stand-up special Failing Upwards exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories on 27th May.

Jon Stewart Receives Mark Twain Humour Award

Jon Stewart Receives Mark Twain Humour Award

The 2022 Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humour was awarded to Jon Stewart on Sunday night, the first recipient of the award in more than two years.

Accepting his award, Stewart touched upon the ongoing debate about the purpose and future of humour, as well as its greatest threat, The Problem host said: “There’s a lot of talk right now about what’s going to happen in comedy. You know, there was the slap…. But it’s not the fragility of audiences,” said Stewart referring to the threat to comedy, “it’s the leaders. It’s not the Fresh Prince, it’s the crown prince,” he added.

He continued, “comedy is the bellwether, we’re the banana peel in the coal mine… Authoritarianism is the threat to art, theater, poetry…. What we have is fragile and precious, and the way to guard against it isn’t to change how audiences think, but to change how leaders lead.”
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No plans to bring back Miranda say BBC

Contrary to reports in national media and some online sites, the comedian and actress Miranda Hart has no plans to make further episodes of her show Miranda. The Sun reported today that Miranda Hart had written a new series of her show which the star went on to Twitter to deny. She published this statement

 “It’s so lovely when some people get excited there might be more Miranda. Means a lot. But I’m afraid what was in the papers today didn’t come from me. Nothing planned at this time”.

She posted the tweet with a the comment, “And yes Twitter I look forward to all the “thank God for that” etc !  This just for the few that were excited. No need to tell me that you’re relieved”

3 wins for We Are Lady Parts at the
BAFTA Craft Awards

Nida Manzoor
Best Comedy Writing

PC Williams
Best Costume design

Aisha Bywaters
Best Scripted Casting

Eric Chappel, creator of many sitcoms including Rising Damp has diedRising Damp writer Eric Chappell has died. He was 88.

Most celebrated for  ITV sitcom Rising Damp, he also  other successful sitcoms including the  holiday comedy Duty Free; the underrated office comedy The Squirrels; Home To Roost with John Thaw; and The Bounder starring George Cole and Peter Bowles, who died in March.

Spohie Willan's Alma's Not Normal returning for a second seriesAlma’s Not Normal returning for second series

If you haven’t seen the  multiple award-winning first series, of Alma’s Not Normal which was met with huge critical and audience acclaim, then do so quickly. Alma’s Not Normal is set to return to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer for a second series.

Full details here

Kaley Cuoco Tells Glamour That She’ll Never Get Married Again

Kaley Cuoco, who has been divorced twice, told Glamour magazine that she “will never get married again” in a cover story published Thursday.

“I would love to have a long-lasting relationship or a partnership. But I will never get married again,” the actor said. “Absolutely not. You can literally put that on the cover. But I believe in love because I’ve had incredible relationships. I know that they’re out there. I like being someone’s partner and having that companionship.”

Cuoco added that she needs to figure out her priorities when it comes to future relationships, telling the magazine, “I want to change, I want to be better.”

Cuoco admitted that she is married to her career, first and foremost. “It’s always been my first love. I think that’s a tough one to overcome,” she said, adding that that “things in my life and people sometimes don’t measure up to the feeling I have with my career. And I admit to that holding me back in a way. I’m talking about that a lot in therapy,” she said. Cuoco told the magazine that she’s in therapy and is working through her “trauma.”

“My therapist and I are working on forgiveness and forgiving myself for making mistakes,” the actor said. “I think that’s been the hardest thing is just accepting that I’m normal and that I’m not superwoman.”

“And because I am so capable and strong, I wanted people to see, it’s not all magic and it’s not all easy,” Playing Penny in Big Bang Theory the character was reluctant to consider having children and settling into the married norm. In her personal life Cuoco seems to be struggling along similar lines. “I struggle with what I want, what I think I’m supposed to have. Being fearful, being scared of what the future holds. It’s the pressure of family, of kids, of: Can I have all these things? Do I want those things?”

“It’s funny how you can have one part of your life feel so fucking good and the other feels like a mess,” she said. “I’m learning as I go. But I think it’s also knowing that life is really short and you’ve got to make the move if you’re unhappy. You have to move forward.”

Cuoco has been married twice before: first to tennis pro Ryan Sweeting, from whom she separated  in 2015, and later to equestrian Karl Cook in 2018 but the couple split in 2021.

The couple said in a joint statement shared with People magazine at the time “Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realized that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions. There is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary.”

Visit Glamour to read more of Cuoco’s interview.

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Liz Sheridan,
the former Broadway dancer who had a memorable recurring role as Jerry’s supportive mother on Seinfeld and played  Mrs. Ochmonek on ALF, died Friday. She was 93.


Taskmaster Series 13 review

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Grace and Frankie.

Is this Neflix comedy underrated in the UK?
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Rowan Atkinson's Man vs Bee, buzzing on Netflix 24th June

Comedian Rosie Jones becomes a drug dealer

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The Horne Section gets a C4 series

The Horne Section TV Show piloted last year has now been picked up for a series by Channel 4 following multiple appearances on Channel 4’s The Last Leg, and Dictionary Corner on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 
Horne has been working with the band since 2010, when they first performed together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

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Michael McIntyre’s Big Show set to return and The Wheel will also spin again on BBC One

Michael McIntyre says: “Three long years of no Unexpected Stars, of me not getting my hands on a single celebrity’s mobile phone, of people sleeping soundly without fear of me sneaking into their bedrooms. Well the wait is over, the Big Show is back and we’ve used those three years to think of even bigger surprises and bigger laughs!

“And, as well as making stars of the unsuspecting public on the Big Show, I will be making another series of the show that literally revolves around me! Yes! The Wheel is spinning back too! I’m elated that both shows are so beloved and returning to BBC One.”

Transmission details for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show will be announced in due course.

The third series of Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel will return later this year on BBC One.

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Sky Original limited horror comedy series The Baby

The Baby is a darkly funny, raw examination of motherhood, from the perspective of a woman who doesn’t want to be one.

The Baby will air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in summer 2022.

Hullraisers another success for C4

An excellent cast delivering some funny lines in a fast-paced script should prove to be a winner.

Read review here>

Newcastle upon Tyne, the first BBC City of Comedy, will host the BBC’s first Comedy Festival for indie producers, anyone with a new career in TV and comedy, and people looking to break into or advance their career in the industry.

A series of events will take place across three days from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 May 2022 to explore, reflect on and celebrate comedy in the UK.

Some of the biggest comedy names are confirmed to attend including Charlie Brooker, Greg Davies, Jamie Demetriou, Megan Ganz, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Romesh Ranganathan, Stephen Merchant, Tim Renkow, Kat Sadler, Adjani Salmon, and Holly Walsh – plus the casts of BBC hits – Ghosts and The Outlaws.

The festival will be made up of talent-led talks, panels, screenings, a short film night, live comedy, and the premiere of The Outlaws series 2, the biggest new BBC Comedy to launch last year.

he BBC Comedy Commissioning team, BBC Writersroom and BBC Young Reporters will also be in attendance at this brand-new event, which will bring the UK comedy production community together, alongside industry heavyweights including Ash Atalla (The Office), Gill Isles (Car Share), Tom Marshall (Ted Lasso), Christine Gernon (Gavin and Stacey , New Girl), plus representatives from American broadcasters.

BBC Director of Comedy, Jon Petrie, will kick off the festival alongside Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Chief Content Officer, on Wednesday 11 May. Jon will be setting out his vision for BBC Comedy and highlighting commissioning opportunities to the comedy production community.

Thursday 12 May will be an industry focused day consisting of a range of panels and talks, and on Friday 13 May there will be sessions for anyone with a new career in TV and comedy, and people looking to break into or advance their career in the industry.

Petrie says: “We are excited to be coming to Newcastle, the BBC’s first City of Comedy, to celebrate comedy in all its forms and to outline BBC Comedy’s vision for the genre in 2022 and beyond. We are committed to nurturing, developing and collaborating with comedy enthusiasts across the UK, to ensure comedy remains a staple part of our British culture.”

A selection of the festival’s panels and events will be opened up for the public to attend, and the free tickets will be made available in due course once the schedule has been announced.

BBC Comedy is also announcing today that they will be piloting a brand-new Regional Partnership Scheme, co-funded with Northern Film + Media, pairing a North East based emerging indie with a leading BBC Comedy supplier.

The aim of the scheme is to promote regional partnerships, aid portrayal and support the growth of indigenous scripted comedy suppliers in an underserved and underrepresented region.

The partnership will see the companies co-develop a slate of original ideas over an initial 6-month period, to help strengthen and enhance the local talent and project development on the ground, while creating new connections and out of London opportunities.

Further information about the established indie along with how North East companies can apply for scheme will be announced in due course.

The North East Regional Partnership Scheme is part of the BBC’s commitment to making its biggest investment in the North East of England for decades as part of a new partnership with the region.

The BBC last year announced it will spend at least £25m over the next five years right across the North East to fund network TV production, talent development and support for the creative sector.

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Between the Covers returns on 11 May

Between the Covers on BBC Two, hosted by Sara Cox, is returning on 11 May at 7.30pm.

The guest list for the seven-part series comprises actors, comedians, presenters and musicians including David Morrissey, Vick Hope, Richard Osman, Sir Trevor McDonald, Peter Davison, Mel Giedroyc, Sarah Hadland, Richard E. Grant, Deborah Meaden, Jo Brand, Darren Harriott, Neil Morrissey, Nina Wadia, Kate Bottley, Emeli Sandé, Jordan North, Rhys Stephenson, Deborah Frances-White, Adrian Scarborough, Jen Brister, Catherine Bohart, Colin Salmon, Dan Smith, Cariad Lloyd, Katy Wix, Pierre Novellie, Stephen Bailey and Sukh Ojla.

Designed to bring the nation together by sharing the enjoyment of reading, in each episode the panel of four famous guests will bring along their own book of choice and will discuss a newly-published book and a pick from The Big Jubilee Read list.


Gilbert Gottfried
, the controversial and one-of-a-kind comedian and actor with a voice as unique as his comedy, died after a lengthy illness He was 67.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank coming to Sky

Sky today releases the official trailer for Sky Original family animation Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, which will be available on Sky Cinema this summer.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, a Sky Original features an all-star cast including Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs the World)Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction)Ricky Gervais (After Life)Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles)Djimon Hounsou (How to Train Your Dragon 2)George Takei (Star Trek)Michelle Yeoh(Crazy Rich Asians) and Kylie Kuioka.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is an action-packed animated comedy for all the family inspired by Mel Brooks’ timeless classic, Blazing Saddles. Hank (Cera), a scrappy dreamer of a dog, aspires to one day be a bonafide Samurai. But in a world of cats, he’s not sure it’ll ever happen – that is until the nefarious warlord, Ika Chu (Gervais), hustles the unwitting Hank into becoming the samurai for the town of Kakamucho; the same town Ika Chu intends to pillage.

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Noel Fielding to play Dick Turpin in as yet untitled AppleTV+ comedyApple today announced a series order for a new untitled comedy-adventure series starring Noel Fielding (“The Mighty Boosh,” “The Great British Bake Off”).

Fielding will star as Dick Turpin, the legendary British highwayman. In this irreverent retelling, Dick is the most famous, but least likely of highway robbers, whose success is defined mostly by his charm, showmanship and great hair. Together with his gang of loveable rogues, Dick rides the highs and lows of celebrity — and does what he can to escape the clutches of the Thief Taker General.

Latest Comedy News 12th April 2022