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“Loot” has been renewed for Season 2 at Apple.

HBO Max Renews RAP SH!T For A Second Season

‘Flatbush Misdemeanors’ Cancelled By Showtime After 2 Seasons

‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Renewed For Fifth & Sixth Season By FX

Apple TV+ bilingual comedy series “Acapulco” to return for second season on Friday, October 21

Killing It the Peacock (NBC) comedy has been renewed for a second season

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

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Renewed for Season 4 on HBO

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Apple TV+ comedy series “Trying” has been renewed for a fourth season

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

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

Sky has commissioned a fourth season of Breeders with Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Only Murders In The Building renewed for 3rd season by Hulu

Hacks renewed for season 3 at HBO Max

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DOUBLE WINNER! STAGE + COMEDY SHORT

The runners up were Marjolein Robertson and Jessie Nixon

Women Writing For Women Initiative

Female Pilot Club   partnered with UKTV to find new comedy scripts by women featuring leading parts for women who are over age 45. Four scripts will be chosen to be developed by UKTV and Female Pilot Club, followed by a live reading by top flight comedy talent in front of an exclusive industry audience.

Over 340 pilots scripts were received of which over 70 made it through to the second stage of selection.

Announcements of third round selects and the final four will be made in the coming weeks. 

Laughter Packed Friday Night

Clockwise: Ghosts, Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared and Am I Being Unresonable
Ghosts
8.30pm, BBC One
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
9pm, BBC Two
Am I Being Unreasonable?
9.30pm, BBC One
The Graham Norton Show
10.40pm, BBC One
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared
11.05pm, Channel 4
Red Guy, Duck And Yellow Guy in Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared. Photograph: Channel 4

What is a Job? Who are a family? And what is that horrible noise? Join three friends Red Guy, Yellow Guy and Duck as they learn about everything there is to know with the help of some friendly talking objects!  But wait, maybe something’s not quite right here. Every teacher they meet on their journey seems a bit out of their depth. What lessons are they actually learning?

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared (11.05  C4) is a deeply unsettling comedy puppet show, think the Muppet Show relocated to Twin Peaks. It started life as a YouTube phenomenon. Eleven years and a quarter of a billion views later, main characters Red Guy, Yellow Guy and Duck are now inside your television trying to get out.

Season 2 of Little America premieres December 9 on AppleTV+

Kumail Nanjian has tweeted “some very funny, moving, exciting and surprising stories to share with you this season”.

Trevor Noah Quits The Daily Show

Trevor Noah is leaving The Daily Show seven years after he joined the Comedy Central series taking over from Jon Stewart in 2015.

A Comedy Central spokesperson said, “We are grateful to Trevor for our amazing partnership over the past seven years.  With no timetable for his departure, we’re working together on next steps.  As we look ahead, we’re excited for the next chapter in the 25+ year history of The Daily Show as it continues to redefine culture through sharp and hilarious social commentary, helping audiences make sense of the world around them.” 

Mo Gilligan’s live stand-up comedy showcase

Channel 4 has acquired Mo Gilligan’s live stand-up comedy showcase Mo Gilligan + Friends: The Black British Takeover.

The 60’ film is co-produced by Gilligan’s own BAFTA winning company Momo G and Lucky 17, sister company to the multi award-winning management collective UTC.

Ola Labib

Filmed at the O2 Arena in December last year, the hour-long film features sets from some of the best of the British comedy circuit including Eddie Kadi, Ola Labib, Slim, Thanyia Moore, Babatúndé Aléshé and Mo Gilligan plus music from The Compozers. The film also includes intimate backstage access and raw up-close conversation with the cast as they discuss the significance of the history making event.

Eddie Kadi

Mo commented, “I’m so proud of the Black British comedy circuit that I started on. The scene and it’s exceptional talent have nurtured and supported me since the very start of my career. I am thrilled to share our culture and bring together some of the best comedy talent on offer in this country right now”.

Very Nearly an Armful For Jack Dee

Jack Dee will front a brand-new  two hour retrospective documentary Tony Hancock – Very Nearly an Armful, which looks at the life and career of comedy legend Tony Hancock for Gold. The programme will air in 2023.

Jack Dee said, “The life and career of Tony Hancock is truly fascinating. As a fan myself, to view items so personal to him was such an experience. I hope Gold viewers get as much out of this as I did.”

With exclusive access to the archives of one of Britain’s greatest and most influential comedians, comedy actor and Tony Hancock fan Jack Dee opens up the archive for the first time to discover its unique,  priceless contents. A treasure trove of never-before-seen personal items such as photos, ideas, scripts, scrapbooks, production files and extraordinary letters that illustrate his life in vivid detail. This documentary also has exclusive TV access to clips from Hancock’s 1963 ATV series, unbroadcast for over 50 years.

In Other Rebranding news……

Starzplay Rebrands as Lionsgate+ outside US and Canada

Epix is heading into 2023 with a new — yet very familiar — identity. Starting Jan. 15, 2023, the MGM-owned pay cable network and streaming outlet will take its parent company’s name and be known as MGM+

Lisa Kudrow Is Heading Up Time Bandits

 Taika Waititi’s series adaptation of the 1981 Terry Gilliam film Time Bandits, for Apple TV+ will see Lisa Kudrow heading up the cast.  The series is described as “a comedic journey through time and space with a ragtag group of thieves and their newest recruit: an 11-year-old history nerd” 

New Look For UKTV Play

General Manager for Digital, Andrea Amey, said, “This rebrand marks the beginning of a real step change for UKTV Play. With over six million registered users and thousands of new hours of content being made available on the service this year.”

The first step in the design process was to create the new logo that allowed key imagery to interact with the branding and unite all of the distinct UKTV channel brands like never before. UKTV Creative also built a suite of creative elements designed to draw users into the easy-going brand world of UKTV Play. This includes a new characterful contemporary typeface, a vibrant colour palette and a collection of unique iconography, animations and sounds that encapsulate its warm tone and playful spirit.

What’s Happening aboard The Train

Two brand new digital comedy series from BBC Studios and Baby Cow Productions have been announced, showcasing stinging satire from top-drawer TV talent including Lucy Pearman, Tim Key, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and comedy duo Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen, featuring a host of appearances from Rufus Sewell, Natalie Cassidy, Natasia Demetriou and more.
The two short-form series, commissioned by BBC Studios’ Digital Consumer Engagement team, will premiere on the Baby Cow YouTube and Facebook channels, as part of Baby Cow’s new ‘Baby Shorts’ umbrella.

The Train

Rona, Sean, and Russell are trapped in an unspoken love triangle. They’re also trapped (more or less) aboard the train on which they work. The Train is a warm, moving sitcom that takes place over the course of a year – where small things become big things in the awkward, confined and quite public space of a commuter train.

Starring Tim Key (This Time, The Witchfinder), Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts, Stath Lets Flats) and Lucy Pearman (Please Help), with appearances by Felicity Montagu (Alan Partridge’s long-suffering assistant Lynn) and Natalie Cassidy (EastEnders).

The first episode of The Train is available to watch now, with subsequent episodes dropping over the next three days: Baby Cow YouTube channel.

Amanda Abbington Amongst Friends

Here’s your first look at feature-length comedy special We Are Not Alone from Big Talk, landing on Dave very soon and starring a stellar cast, including Joe Thomas, Vicki Pepperdine, Mike Wozniak, Amanda Abbington, Georgia Foote, Bruce Mackinnon and Declan  Baxter. Watch this space!

What’s Happening

What’s Happening? is a sitcom about a wildly disruptive video podcast, featuring a cast of top comedians portraying the rogue’s gallery of unhinged interviewees. Each episode, hosts Robin (the stupid man’s Louis Theroux) and Leo (the even more stupid man’s Logan Paul) delve deep into everything from masculine identity to political activism, as they grill a special guest on a pressing contemporary issue with the help (but hindrance) of their conspiracy theorist techie Maz. The ‘enlightening conversation’ is inevitably derailed by Robin and Leo’s personal foibles, when discursive debate quickly spirals into farcical narrative.

Starring Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen (comedy duo The Pin) and Mariam Haque (Black Mirror), with appearances from Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows), Seb Cardinal (Sally4Ever), Ellie White (Stath Lets Flats), and Paul Chahidi (This Country).

Directed by Joe Fraser, the Executive Producers are Baby Cow’s Sarah Monteith and Rupert Majendie. Commissioned by Madi Woodstock and Chris Allen at BBC Studios.

What’s Happening episodes will be published daily, starting next week with the first episode released Monday 3rd October on the Baby Cow YouTube and Facebook channels.

Rob Beckett to Host Unbreakable

The six-part show will see a cast of celebrity couples take part in a series of mental, physical and emotional challenges designed to test their bonds. Relationship experts Anjula Mutanda and Maria McErlane will analyse the way the couples work together, granting points for performance.

One by one the couples will be eliminated, until an unbreakable celebrity duo is crowned winner. Funny, relatable and occasionally terrifying, this series will show some of the UK’s favourite TV personalities as the British public has never seen them before.

Karen Pirie: Emer Kenny’s Quality Drama Has an Undercurrent Of Dry Humour

Make no mistake Karen Pirie is a quality crime drama written by the multi-talented Emer Kenny based on Val McDermid’s novel The Distant Echo, so why is it on here?
Well, Emer Kenny (The Curse) has written a taut script with an undercurrent of dry humour delivered superbly by Lauren Lyle (Vigil) as the eponymous lead detective.
There are plenty of dark twists and turns with some smart repartee to lighten the mood and add the occasional smile to proceedings. Enjoy it on ITV HUB

Billy Goes back In Time Again. Billy Connolly Does...The Decades will focus on the years when Billy was at his brightest and very best

Gold has commissioned two three-part specials of hit show Billy Connolly Does… (6×60′), following the success of series one which aired in March 2022.

Billy Connolly Does…The Decades will focus on the years when Billy was at his brightest and very best. The 70s – when we first met him, the 80s – when we all fell in love with him, and the 90s – when he proved himself to be Scotland’s very best export.

Billy Connolly said:

I love this series, who knew that the secret to making TV was hanging out at home, eating biscuits ,drinking tea and blethering on about the past?

Mixing Billy’s personal recollections, news and pop culture archive, along with more incredible stand-up from the archives, this series provides viewers with a trip down memory lane, but with a joyful and entertaining spin from Billy’s own anecdotes about his life over the years.

Constance Wu Says She Faced Sexual Harassment On Set Of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’.

Constance Wu says she faced sexual harassment and intimidation from an unnamed producer during her time working on the ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat.

“I kept my mouth shut for a really long time about a lot of sexual harassment and intimidation that I received the first two seasons of the show,” Wu said Friday during an appearance on stage at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C. “Because, after the first two seasons, once it was a success, once I was no longer scared of losing my job, that’s when I was able to start saying ‘no’ to the harassment, ‘no’ to the intimidation, from this particular producer. And, so I thought: ‘You know what? I handled it. Nobody has to know. I don’t have to stain this Asian American producer’s reputation. I don’t have to stain the reputation of the show.’”

Wu’s comments came on the eve of the release of her memoir, Making a Scene. She said the publisher, Simon & Schuster, encouraged her to detail her experiences on the sitcom, even though she was reticent to do so. 

“I eventually realized it was important to talk about,” Wu continued. “That show was historic for Asian Americans. It was the only show on network television in over 20 years to star Asian Americans and I did not want to sully the reputation of the one show we had representing us.”

 

Strictly For The Girls

Jayde Adams is taking to the floor in Strictly Come Dancing with Karen Hauer who said “I’m absolutely excited, I have so many ideas, too many ideas, this is going to be a golden moment for me.”

Jade said “I think my partnership with Karen is more about sisterhood,” she said. “And if you’re in the dance world, which I was as a child, the sort of all-girl and all-male partnerships is quite commonplace. Obviously it’s a new thing in these dance shows, the one that’s in Australia and the one that’s in America, but I think the world is changing and to me it just doesn’t seem like anything that is abnormal to me. It seems like a completely natural thing.”

She continued: “Also to be honest with you, if I was in a male partnership, show me one of the lads that’s lifting me. I’m now going to be able to throw Karen Hauer around that dance floor. She’s going over my head, I don’t care! I cannot wait to lift her because when I danced with my sister, I was the base and I used to lift her all the time and actually the last time I danced was actually with my sister… so this felt really natural for me.

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Season 3 synopsis: Now more entrenched in her life in Paris, Emily’s getting better at navigating the city but still struggling with the idiosyncrasies of French life. After stumbling into a love triangle with her neighbor and her first real French friend, Emily is determined to focus on her work — which is getting more complicated by the day. In French class, she meets a fellow expat who both infuriates and intrigues her.
Season 4 has been commissioned.

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Lucas Bravo as Gabriel and William Abadie as Antoine Lambert in Season 3, Episode 1

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(L-R) Ashley Park as Mindy, Lily Collins as Emily and Camille Razat as Camille in Season 3, Episode 1

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Lily Collins as Emily and Ashley Park as Mindy in Season 3, Episode 9

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Lily Collins as Emily in Season 3, Episode 3

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(L-R) Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie Grateau and Lily Collins as Emily in Season 3, Episode 4

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(L-R) Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie Grateau, Samuel Arnold as Julien and Bruno Gouery as Luc in Season 3, Episode 5

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Lucas Bravo as Gabriel and Lily Collins as Emily in Season 3, Episode 5 

ABC. It’s Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary Season 2 opened its second season with 2.92 million viewers, on par with both its series debut in December 2021 with 2.88 million and its same-day season averages from 2021-22 of 2.82 million.
The Conners performed best with 3.73 million, improving on last season’s premiere in total viewers. The Goldbergs achieved 2.53 million which was down year-to-year.

Strictly Not For Laughs. Comedians Explain Why They're Taking To The Floor

Jayde Adams

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

What made you want to take part in the show this year?

I’ve always known it was going to happen. I made the decision in 2004 when Brendan and Natasha won that I would be on Strictly, and I’ve made steps to make sure I am on it since then. When it came to me being asked, there was no other decision available. I had to reschedule a tour which I know upset a few people but they will understand what this means to me if they are true fans.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge?

The Argentine Tango. I’m a massive fan of the Argentine Tango but I know it’s going to be my Achilles heel. It is absolutely my favourite bit of the show, when they dance it the celebrities become proper dancers as well. There’s so much showbusiness and performance in the routine as well as technique, it’s really just the best one.

How would you feel about being Strictly-fied?

I wear a lot of this stuff anyway, I did put on black turtleneck for a little while to get everyone to think I was clever but it’s me going back to the way I was, and I’m thrilled about it.

So are there any memorable moments that stand out to you from previous series?

NOTHING beats when Mark Ramprakash did his Argentine Tango to GoldenEye with Karen Hardy in 2006. NOTHING.

Do you have any dance experience?

Yes. 13 years of freestyle disco dancing from the age of five.

How are you prepping for the show?

I’ve just upped my training, I’m going on 10 mile hikes, swimming, sauna, steam room. Doing lots of cardio at the gym and I’ve been weight training as well.

Have you had any advice from anyone that’s done the show before?

I was told by Scott Mills that it will be the best time of my life.

And who did you think your biggest competition will be?

Oh, good question, I mean you can never guess his stuff because someone might be so good at technique but there might a dance that they’re just not good at. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got dance training, ballroom and Latin dances are really difficult., It’s always the audience that’s the deciding factor really.

Do you have your eyes on the Glitterball?

Absolutely, I’ve never entered a competition in my life without thinking I can win it.

Do you have a signature dance move that you will always do at parties?

My sister and I used to do synchronised dance routines when we used to go out together.

Ellie Taylor

Ellie Taylor & Johannes Radebe

What made you want to take part in the show this year?

I’ve always wanted to do it. I’ve never been asked before, I’d love to say I was one of the people who has turned it down , but I haven’t, I just said yes straightaway. My mum is delighted!

 

What do you think will be the biggest challenge?

All of it will be a challenge. I won’t find the wearing beautiful clothes and having lovely hair and makeup done a challenge, that’ll be an absolute pleasure. But everything else is very out of my comfort zone!

How do you feel about being Strictly-fied?

I’m really looking forward to that side of it, I want all of it!

Are there any memorable or standout moments for you, from previous series?

Karim’s Jive to Hairspray was amazing, it was such a great joy to watch. I also really liked Debbie McGee’s Argentine Tango, that was brilliant.

Do you have any previous dance experience?

I retired from tap and ballet dancing aged seven, so aside from doing some sort of macarena mini disco on European holidays with my child, no!

How are you preparing for the show?

Mostly sort of just panicking and staring at a wall wondering what on earth I’ve done! I’ve also been watching old episodes, which has been useful to try and get my mind in the right mindset. But I feel like doing Strictly is a bit like having a child. You can imagine what it might be like but you won’t actually know how wild it is until it starts. So basically, this is just me crowning at the moment!

Have you had any advice from anyone who has done the show before?

AJ Odudu sent me a picture of all the things I need to look after my feet, like blister plasters and sprays and all of that, and she said I need to ice my feet every night.

Who do you think will be your biggest competition?

Everyone! Well, everyone and no one really because it’s more of a competition with myself, I want to work hard and not let myself down. I can’t control what anyone else does, so I just have to work hard on myself and try and enjoy it. I would love to make it to Musicals Week, because I love musicals, but I didn’t realise how far away that is!

Do you have your eye on the Glitterball?

No! I just want to have a really good time and enjoy it.

Do you have a signature dance move you always do at parties?

It used to be a roly poly! Back in the days when people still smoked in nightclubs, I would get up off the floor with all these cigarette butts in my hair! But it went down a storm.

Goldbergs’ Empty Chair Murray

The Goldbergs dealt with the controversial exit of Jeff Garlin by killing off the Murray Goldberg character between series. The characters fate was revealed in August by showrunner Alex Barnow who revealed in an interview that Season 10 would pick up several months after Murray Goldberg’s death.

“This is going to be a family that has not reconciled the fact that their father’s gone but has sort of moved on and has dealt with a lot of that,” Barnow said.

And yes, that’s what happened in the first episode of Season 10 in which Adam explained the patriarch’s absence in the voiceover opening, explaining what the family had been up to over the summer.

“That year, there was one change that made everything stop. Just a few months ago, out of nowhere, we lost my dad.”  The lights dimmed, with just Murray’s chair illuminated. “We will always love you, dad. Always. And we will find a way to continue on together. Because, after all, we’re the Goldbergs.”

Now this really is a house band

Alex Horne, tired of being the little assistant, will take the big chair to be the star of his very own late night music chat show – imaginatively called The Horne Section TV Show – for Channel 4. The show written by Horne will of course feature his loyal band The Horne Section and will be filmed live from his family home.

But, in this six-part series he won’t be getting away from the Taskmaster completely as Greg Davies will be one of the guests on the show along with such luminaries as Tim Key, John Oliver & Desiree Birch.

 Transmission details to be revealed in due course.

Roseanne Barr Plans Return to Stand-Up 

Fox Nation, the streaming service operated by Fox News Media, has ordered a new one-hour comedy special from Roseanne Barr, which will debut in early 2023. The program, A Roseanne Comedy Special, will be Barr’s first stand-up comedy special since 2006.

Robert Popper creator of Friday Night Dinner creates new 6-part comedy
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‘Inside Amy Schumer Returns

The series will return for a long-awaited fifth season Oct. 20, with five episodes rolling out on streamer Paramount+ with the first two available on premiere day and the remaining three rolling out weekly.

THE FINAL ROUND OF VOTING FOR NTAs HAS NOW RE-OPENED!

Vote here by noon on 13th October 2022.

Really, That Long Ago!

Unbelievably the first episode of Fawlty Towers was originally broadcast on 19th September 1975. Really, 47 years ago!

SMASHING Anniversary





 

Alan Alder (Hawkeye Pierce) and Mike Farrell (B J Hunnicutt) toasting the 50th anniversary of M.A.S.H the 4077th ( Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) , the show in which they starred during its 11 season run.

The final feature length episode of the series which aired in 1983 was watched by over 120 million viewers

Jayde Adams all dressed up for Strictly Come Dancing
Comedian Jayde Adams all glammed up for her performance on Strictly Come Dancing. The preview show is Friday Sept 23rd with the first round the next day

Official trailer for Fantasy Football League

Sky have today released the brand-new official trailer for the return of Fantasy Football League, hosted by Matt Lucas and Elis James, ahead of the series launch on Sky Max & streaming service NOW from Thursday 29 September. 

Fantasy Football League’s return is celebrated in true style with some of football’s biggest names offering immediate reaction to Sky’s latest signing in this just-released trailer, including the likes of Jeff Stelling, Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards.
Across the 16-episode series football fanatic Andrew Mensah will be joining hosts Matt and Elis, overseeing the celebrity league and sharing weekly comedy highlights from the world of football.


Co-Creator and Writer Steve Bugeja tweeted “Very excited to finally announce that ITV has recommissioned Buffering for a 2nd series! Making a sitcom was always my dream, absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to do it all again We’re filming in October and it’ll be on your screens early next year”

‘Call Me Kat’ To Reunite Mayim Bialik With ‘Big Bang Theory’ Co-Star Kevin Sussman

Deadline exclusive: There’s going to be a Big Bang Theory reunion on Fox’s Call me Kat. Mayim Bialik will reunite with Kevin Sussman in episode 304 airing October 20.

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Honouring the life and legacy of the remarkable storyteller, activist and philanthropist Norman Lear “Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter.” The star-studded evening airs THURSDAY, SEPT. 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC and available the next day on Hulu.

Special guests set to celebrate Norman through speeches and comedy performances include Asante Blackk, George Clooney, Laverne Cox, Isabella Gomez, Emily Hampshire, Tom Hanks, Rita Moreno, Ms. Pat, Jay Pharoah, Rob Reiner, Aida Rodriguez and George Wallace. Special musical performances paying tribute to iconic sitcom theme songs will also be featured throughout the evening and will be performed by Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Ledisi, Justina Machado, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, Amber Stevens West, Michelle Williams and more.

Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler and Octavia Spencer are also set to appear in the special.

"Avenue 5" Returns October 10

AVENUE 5 takes us to a not-so-distant future where space tourism is a booming business. While manning a luxury spacecraft owned by Herman Judd (Josh Gad), Captain Ryan Clark (Hugh Laurie) finds himself in over his head when the ship is thrown disastrously off-course – turning what was meant to be an eight-week cruise into an eight-year journey. Picking up five months after failing to reroute the vessel, season two follows the crew – including fiery engineer Billie (Lenora Crichlow), unpredictable head of customer relations Matt (Zach Woods), and faithful right-hand Iris (Suzy Nakamura) – as they struggle to lead, calm, control, and, if need be, hide from increasingly unruly passengers. On earth, they’re lauded as heroes, and in space, everyone can hear them scream.

• Cast: Season two series regulars include Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Rebecca Front, Suzy Nakamura, Lenora Crichlow, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Ethan Phillips. Guest Stars include Andy Buckley, Jessica St. Clair, Kyle Bornheimer, Adam Pålsson, Daisy May Cooper, Lucy Punch, Leila Farzad, Jonathan Aris and Arsher Ali.

• Created by two-time Emmy(R) winner Armando Iannucci (HBO’s “Veep),” the eight-episode second season of AVENUE 5 debuts MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Comedy News 15.09.2022

Bernard Cribbins’ funeral took place on Wednesday following his death at the age of 93 in July.

The private funeral took place at Woking Crematorium.  Writer James Hogg, who was a close friend of the actor’s and worked on his autobiography tweeted a photo of the order of service, with the words :

What a suitably special send off. Right Said Fred* was playing as we entered the chapel and Hole in the Ground (what else?) was playing as we left. Beautiful tributes from David Tenant and Catherine Tate as well as Bernard’s dear friend Molly Hawkyard. Even the sun shone x

* This was Cribbin’s 1962 recording that reached No 10 in the charts

Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero Reunite for ‘Digman’ voiceovers

Digman! is a half-hour animated comedy set in a world where archeologists live up to the hype of being the coolest people on the face of the Earth with Samberg himself playing our protagonist – the rockstar archeologist Rip Digman.

Guz Khan (Our Flag Means Death), and Tim Meadows  (The Goldbergs) are also starring.

Andy Cohen Coming-Of-Age Comedy In Works at NBC

A coming-of-age comedy inspired by Andy Cohen’s bestselling book Most Talkative is in the works at NBC. Unsurprisingly titled Most Talkative, according to Deadline ” it follows a fictionalized 13-year-old Andy Cohen coming of age in 1980s St Louis. He’s gay, loves the Cardinals, his bar mitzvah tutor is a stoner, and his soap opera-fueled imagination makes him both the life of the party and the source of endless drama. Most Talkative is a series about not fitting into any one box and figuring out how to build your own.”

The 5 comedians appearing in Taskmaster Series 14 which starts on September 29th

Sky Censors John Oliver

Sky cut some jokes related to the death of Queen Elizabeth II from the latest episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver in the U.K.

Oliver opened with “Obviously, we have to start with the U.K., which is clearly still reeling from the shocking death of a 96-year-old woman from natural causes,” the host said. “It is a big moment [of] the week, and for some reason, absolutely everyone felt they had to wade in.” Among other things, Oliver made fun of tributes to the late queen from such companies as Domino’s Pizza and the likes of cartoon character Crazy Frog.

Oliver also joked that the Queen’s death was “not the only traumatic event that Britain has had to deal with,” pointing to Liz Truss being elected as the new  Conservative Party leader and therefore Prime Minister.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Becomes Second Black Woman to Win Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Brett Goldstein Becomes First Back-to-Back Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Winner Since 2008 for Ted Lasso

Jean Smart Wins Best Comedy Actress for Second Year in a Row for Hacks

Jason Sudeikis Wins His Second Acting Emmy for ‘Ted Lasso’

Harry Landis, mostly remembered for his portrayal of Mr. Morris in Friday Night Dinner. As well as the mischievous character in the Channel 4 show, who outrageously dated the Goodmans’ grandma, he played barber Felix Kawalski in Eastenders from 1995 to 1997,  He was 90

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Gwyneth Powell, who appeared in the BBC series Grange Hill for 10 years has died at the age of 76. Manchester born Powell also played Greg Davies’ mother Polly in the Channel 4 sitcom Man Down, and appeared in shows like Holby City, A Touch Of Frost and Heartbeat. 

Apple’s global phenomenon “Ted Lasso” joins ranks of the most celebrated comedies in history with back-to-back Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards

John Stamos Shares Bob Saget Memory

After talking about  the return of his show, Big Shot, at the Disney D23 Expo 2022, John Stamos remained on stage to share personal stories about the last occasion he spent time with his Full House co-star, Bob Saget, who died in January at the age of 65.

It was on a trip to Disneyland. “I don’t remember what rides we went on, I don’t remember what we ate, I do remember the feelings we felt,” recalled the emotional Stamos. “We felt the unspoken love that happens between grown men dressed in pajamas. Winnie the Pooh said every day I spend with you is my favorite day. Every day I spent with Bob was my favorite day, especially that day at Disneyland. Being able to share this memory with you here today is my new favorite memory. Bob never left anything on the table. He was bombastic with his love.”

Big Shot returns to Disney+ on October 12th

‘Maggie’ Cancelled after One Season

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“Maggie” – Based on the short film “Maggie” by Tim Curcio, “Maggie” follows a young woman trying to cope with life as a psychic. Maggie regularly sees the fate of her friends, parents, clients and random strangers on the street, but when she suddenly sees a glimpse of her own future, Maggie is forced to start living in her own present.

The series stars Rebecca Rittenhouse as Maggie, David Del Rio as Ben, Nichole Sakura as Louise, Angelique Cabral as Amy, Leonardo Nam as Dave, Ray Ford as Angel, Chloe Bridges as Jessie, Kerri Kenney as Maria and Chris Elliott as Jack.

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How did a struggling standup become one of the best-loved names on TV? The star of GBBO, Light Lunch and Unforgivable talks about the despair that almost broke her – and the big break she struggled to believe in

Read interview with Mel Giedroyc in The Guardian

The Vince Staples Show Heads to Netflix

 Netflix announce a series order for The Vince Staples show, a scripted comedy starring the critically acclaimed artist, actor and creator. The fictional series is loosely inspired by Staples’ life, taking place in Long Beach, California. 

“I am excited to partner with Netflix and Kenya Barris on The Vince Staples Show,” said Staples. “This has been something I have been developing for some time and I am happy it’s coming to fruition.”

How did a struggling standup become one of the best-loved names on TV? The star of GBBO, Light Lunch and Unforgivable talks about the despair that almost broke her – and the big break she struggled to believe in

If the next episode is cancelled due to the period of mourning remember that it is all avaiable on iPlayer

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STEWART LEE: SNOWFLAKE ON TV RESCHEDULED

The sometimes controversial comedian performs his latest tour show, filmed at York Theatre Royal. 

Half the show was be screened on BBC 2 on Sunday 4th and the other half has been rescheduled to screen on Friday September 16th at 11.45pm

Lee tackles cancel culture, free speech, identity politics, and being ‘woke’, all from the position of being a self-confessed snowflake. He takes on millionaire comedians baying for attention by pretending to be ‘cancelled’, considers how it isn’t actually possible to ‘say the unsayable’, and argues free speech can’t always be entirely free.  

Mourning Has Broken

There appears to be no truth in the belief that the BBC have cancelled all comedy during a 12-day period of mourning. However, all terrestrial channels will be reviewing their comedy output on an ongoing basis. Channel 4 cancelled their early morning comedy programming this morning (Friday 9th) and Adam Hills has tweeted that tonight’s The Last Leg will not go ahead. Further news will be published when available.Have I Got News For You has also been cancelled.

Several comedy venues across the country have cancelled shows and closed their doors however most have, quite rightly, remained open. 

Whilst the death of Queen Elizabeth 11 is a time of sadness for most, laughter is , for many , a coping mechanism during a time of grief.

NTA Awards and Voting Postponed

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Will Agnes Brown Be back?

Comedy news: The BBC has yet to confirm reports that two Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas specials are to start filming next month along with a mini-series.
Mrs Brown’s Boys first started airing in 2011 and since when it has split opinion. However it has made more than 40 episodes and Christmas specials. Last years special did not achieve the audience figures of previous episodes.

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Amazon Freevee gets Clean Slate

Amazon Freevee has given a greenlight to  comedy Clean Slate. The series focuses on  an outspoken, old-school car wash owner, played by comedian George Wallace, who’s thrilled his estranged son is finally coming home to Alabama after 17 years. But, he has “a lot of soul searching to do” when that child returns not as a son but rather as a determined, proud, trans woman, played by trans actress Laverne Cox.

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Interview with Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli 

Am I Being Unreasonable? is a comedy thriller about obsessive friendship, maternal paranoia – and a dead cat, written by and starring real-life best friends Selin Hizli and This Country’s Daisy May Cooper.

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Nic (Cooper) is grieving a loss that she can’t share with anyone and is unfulfilled in her marriage. Only her son Ollie (Lenny Rush), who she adores, keeps her going. But when Jen (Hizli) arrives in town her life is lit up with laughter and through this kindred soul her dark secret starts to bubble up. Shot through with whip smart humour, this mischievous and characterful blend of funny and frantic takes female storytelling to a refreshing and dynamic new level.

The Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series went to Laurie Metcalf for her role as Weed in Hacks. This was Metcalf’s 12th nomination and 4th win.

At the Creative Arts Emmys yesterday, Nathan Lane took  the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy series for his role in Only Murders in the Building, in which he played Teddy Dimas.

Daily Mail Kicks up Storm

The Daily Mail has for some unfathomable reason taken issue with comments made by comedian Joe Lycett on the new Laura Kuenesberg show. Joe was clearly complimenting Liz Truss on her clear and concise plans for the future of the UK but the politically impartial Daily Mail interpreted this as an attack on the Tory Party and their 12 years of government. 

Take a look at Joe’s comments on the show about which he tweeted “Really excited to be on this new version of Would I Lie To You”

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 15 minute episodes in which Dan (Dylan Moran) and Carla (Morgana Robinson) are a couple at a crossroads in their relationship. Carla wonders if the two of them trapped in a pokey flat is all she can expect from life, while Dan has a chat with his boss.

Comedian/actor Emily Atack to tackle online sexual harassment in new BBC documentary

She will explore whether enough is being done to protect young women and girls online, and what needs to change,

In a deeply personal authored documentary for BBC Two and iPlayer, Emily Atack is opening up her life, and her DMs, to the public as she attempts to understand why she is sexually harassed online on a daily basis.

Reflecting on how this affects her own sense of identity and confidence, she will explore whether enough is being done to protect young women and girls online, and what needs to change.

The Funny Side of Football

Sky confirmed the all-new line up joining hosts Matt Lucas and Elis James on the Fantasy Football League sofa each week. Across the 16-episode series, comedian and football fanatic Andrew Mensah will be joining Matt and Elis, overseeing the celebrity league and sharing weekly comedy highlights from the world of football.

Each week, a pair of celebrity guest managers will join to chat about the week in football and share their fantasy teams from the digital dugout. 

Disney+ has confirmed that season one of the original comedy series “The Bear” will launch in the UK and Ireland on 5 October, with all eight episodes available to stream.

“The Bear” is about food, family, the insanity of the grind, the beauty of Sense of Urgency and the steep slippery downsides. As Carmy fights to transform both The Original Beef of Chicagoland and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family.

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Lauren Lyle to star as Karen Pirie in ITV cold case murder drama, based on acclaimed author Val McDermid’s The Distant Echo, adapted by Emer Kenny (The Curse).

Outlander star Lauren Lyle will take the lead role of Karen Pirie in a new ITV drama series from the producers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, World Productions.

True to Val McDermid’s iconic character, DS Karen Pirie is a young and fearless Scottish investigator with a quick mouth, dry wit and tenacious desire for the truth.

Series 4 Episode 1: The Sea Trout – Nth. Uist

Paul and Bob visit their most dazzling and extraordinary destination to date, the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Completely unlike anywhere they have fished before, this small, remote but beautiful island has an intricate network of tidal pools and sea lochs, making it near enough equal parts land and water and therefore the perfect place to fish for sea trout. 

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From Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli comes a brand-new twisted comedy thriller about two mums, marital angst, maternal paranoia and a dead cat. More details to follow.

Dodger, Fagin and the gang are back for three fun-filled, adventure specials for CBBC and BBC iPlayer

Hit comedy drama, Dodger is set to return to CBBC and BBC iPlayer for three fun-filled adventures including a Christmas special. Production has wrapped in Bristol on the hilarious, optimistic and fast-paced show, which follows the exploits of the infamous pickpocket Dodger.

The first episode shows Dodger’s ingenious escape back to London to reunite with Fagin and the gang and pull off their very own great train robbery!

The second special will take viewers on a festive adventure, as Dodger embarks on a secret rescue mission and the gang organise a festive hijack of 200 turkeys, whilst also unwittingly crashing a Christmas party at none other than No. 10 Downing Street.

The third and final special will see some of the gang being rehabilitated through the power of education, after they’re caught red handed and sent to a very smart British public school. Filled with even more fun-filled antics, who will race to save the day and rescue the gang?

The specials will air on CBBC and BBC iPlayer, following the success of series one, which was the most watched CBBC commissioned programme in the last 12 months.

 Apple TV+ renews comedy “Trying” for season four

Esther Smith and Rafe Spall return for new season of the critically acclaimed series

Hacks Finale Scared Hannah Einbinder

Hannah Einbinder tells Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast

“I was very scared. I thought that I was going to be fired. I was going through all of the panicky fear things. It’s kind of insane in retrospect, but I think I was a little too close to the case. Like, it really, really, really upset me. I was crying for a couple hours.”

I love seeing the two of them (Ava and Deborah, Jean Smart) at work, working on comedy. I hope there’s a lot more of that. And I hope they go back to Vegas a little more. I think there are so many amazing characters who who live in Vegas. It’s an interesting subculture, and just like a cool place to explore. So hopefully they go back to home base and get into some shenanigans there.”

Variety’s “Awards Circuit” podcast, is produced iby Michael Schneide

Gina Yashere Nails More Success in the US

Comedian Gina Yashere, probably mostly recognised in the UK from her outstanding appearances on Live at the Apollo and as a panellist on Mock the Week, has found greater fame in America.

As co-creator/co-executive of Bob♥Abishola, the hit Warner Bros TV comedy, with co-executive producer Matt Ross, she has been appointed executive producer and co-showrunner (the person who has overall creative authority and management responsibility).

Bob♥Abishola is a love story about a middle-aged compression-sock businessman (Billy Gardell) who falls for his cardiac nurse (Olowofoyeku), a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack. Yashere, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Vernee Watson, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe Jr., Shola Adewusi, Anthony Okungbowa and Bayo Akinfemi also star.

Tommy Cannon with comedian Lee Mack at the unveiling of Bobby’s statue in Lytham, Lancs.

Bobby Ball Statue Unveiled

The statue, by Ben Twiston-Davies, of the late comedian Bobby Ball was unveiled yesterday (28th) in Lytham by his comedy partner Tommy Cannon , his wife of 46 years, Yvonne Ball, their children Joanne, Darren and Robert. Among the fans in attendance was Lee Mack who played alongside Ball in the sitcom Not Going Out.

Asim Chaudhry Marries

Asim is an award-winning actor and writer who is best known for co-creating the BAFTA Award winning People Just Do Nothing (BBC). Asim stars in the show as ‘Chabuddy G’

He and Sevana Lij  began dating in February of 2017.

Pesci joins Bupkis cast 

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Joe Pesci to star in Pete Davidson’s Peacock comedy series “Bupkis,” according to Variety
“Bupkis” will be a half-hour comedy loosely based on Davidson’s real life. Pesci will appear  as Davidson’s grandfather alongside Edie Falco who plays Davidson’s mother

Michael Fishman will leave  ABC’s The Conners before show’s fifth season.

Rosie Jones, Jordan Boorkes, Desiree Burch, Jordan Stephens and Jessica Fostekew

Sky is supporting the brightest and best in British comedy and extending its search for new voices by investing in seven brand new Sky Original comedy shorts as part of its BAFTA-winning Sky Comedy Shorts programme.   

Written by and starring familiar faces such as Rosie Jones, Desiree Burch, Jordan Stephens and plenty of Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees and winners including Jess Fostekew and Jordan Brookes, the seven shorts explore everything from dating anxiety and rural life to pub quizzes and imaginary friends. All the shorts will air on Sky Arts and YouTube in 2023. 

The seven upcoming shorts include:  

  • Life’s A Pitch: A neurotic, self-destructive copywriter goes to increasingly idiotic extremes to save face and keep up appearances as his work life spirals out of control. Written by Nathan D’Arcy Roberts, starring Jordan Stephens, Aurie Styla, Alex Theo, Shazia Mirza and Ruairi McInerney.
  • Diane from Accounts (w/t): A charity worker who has always been hardworking, dependable but ultimately invisible, makes one fateful decision that turns her life upside down. Who knew being bad could be so good! Written by Desiree Burch and Jayshree Patel (based on an idea by Desiree Burch and Grace Ofori-Attah), starring Desiree Burch.
  • Past Caring: Three very different women, Rosie, Jen and Maureen, share one similarity: they are all carers. We join these women on one of their few nights off, where they come together for some time away from their duties, which invariably involves Rosie trying, and failing, to flirt with a ‘fit girl’. However, can they ever really separate themselves from being carers? Written by and starring Rosie Jones and Jen Brister. Additional cast includes Maureen Younger alongside Leslie Ash.
  • Real Friends: Cassie and Mr Whippy have grown up together; they’ve sat in detention together, suffered puberty together, been bullied together and are soon to be unemployed together. Only snag is, one of them is real and the other is not. And now Mr Whippy, for her own survival, is fighting to remain relevant in Cassie’s life when she meets a … man. This mix of animation and live action comedy is written by and stars Rachel Stubbings and Jess Fostekew. Additional cast includes Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Luke McQueen and Alison Spittle.
  • Seen: Dating is never easy but for Jordan, it leaves him a warbling mass of uncertainties. A clueless newborn in the body of a young man. This ‘existential Mr. Bean’ sees Jordan attempt to calm himself, which leads to a spiral of anxiety dreams from visions of cattle slaughter to a flashback of his ex- girlfriend half joking that she can’t imagine him having parents. For Jordan, it’s hard to know which vision is worse. Written by and starring Edinburgh comedy award winner Jordan Brookes. Additional cast includes Nimisha Odedra and Kieran Hodgson.
  • Silo: Two very different Londoners, Marcus and Dipesh suddenly find themselves in rural Norfolk, the last place their missing business partner and brother-in-law’s phone was active.  Drenched in urban arrogance, they find rural life to be nowhere near as idyllic and time-warped as Countryfile would have you believe. Written by Tom Neenan, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Sunil Patel. Starring Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Sunil Patel. Additional cast includes Tom Neenan, Sarah Hadland and Mark Heap.
  • Six Foot Something: Meet Folake, 6ft 5, fabulous and loving it while playing professional basketball in the states…but less so now, as due to injury, she’s been sent back home to London. Folake finds that without basketball she’s just…tall…and broke. In many ways it’s like being a celebrity without ANY of the perks. Meanwhile her DMs are full of men who have a tall girl fetish and are willing to pay to just be in her presence and some who want a little bit more, so, maybe it’s time to make some money – as long as no one finds out? Written and created by Yemi Oyefuwa. 

Previous successes from Sky’s Comedy Shorts programme include Dreamland, which won a BAFTA in 2018 and has since been commissioned into a full series of the same name. Written by Sharon Horgan, Emma Jane Unsworth (showrunner), Gabby Best and Morgan Lloyd and executive produced for Merman by Clelia Mountford, Dreamland stars Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Lily Allen (How to Build a Girl).   

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Remember Blockbuster Video Stores?
Netflix Does.

The Netflix, upcoming comedy series, Blockbuster. will stream on Nov. 3,  It follows Timmy Yoon (Randall Park), who is described “as an analog dreamer living in a 5G world” who learns he is operating the last Blockbuster Video store in the country.  “Timmy and his staff employees, including his long time crush, Eliza (Melissa Fumero), then must fight to stay relevant. The only way to succeed is to remind their community that they provide something big corporations can’t: human connection.” Bless their hearts.

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Jim Moir, the artist, formerly known as Vic Reeves

After an acclaimed stint delving into heritage crafts in The Prince’s Master Crafters, Jim Moir, artist, comedian (as Vic Reeves) and musician will return to Sky Arts next year to front a brand new series which will see him grab his paintbrushes, don his binoculars and set out across the UK to share one of his greatest passions: watching and painting birds. 

A new comedic ornithological series, Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir (6×60) will follow prolific artist Jim and his wife Nancy as they explore some of Britain’s best beauty spots, joined along the way by a few famous friends. Their challenge? Create an original piece of bird art celebrating the unique species native to that region over the course of a weekend.  

Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir will air on Sky Arts, Freeview and NOW in 2023. 

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Brassic 4 airs 7th Sept

Brassic fans can tune into series 4 of Sky’s most-binged comedy very soon, with new episodes available on Sky Max and NOW from Wednesday 7th September.

The Brassic gang excite fans as they hatch eccentric plans, complete questionable heists and nick some bizarre items. From discovering severed body parts and unexpected guests to training racing dogs and capturing exotic animals, trouble is never far away when the gang are about town.  

A massive hit with critics and viewers alike, Brassic is produced by Calamity Films and co-created by Joseph Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst, with Gilgun nominated for a BAFTA earlier this year for his performance as Vinnie.  Also starring Michelle Keegan, Dominic West, Damien Molony, Tom Hanson, Aaron Heffernan, Ryan Sampson, Parth Thakerar, Bronagh Gallagher, Joanna Higson, and Steve Evets. Co-creator Danny Brocklehurst writes, along with Alex Ganley and Danielle Ward

 The new series, follows Vinnie (Gilgun) as he tracks down Erin (Keegan), who fled Hawley at the end of the last series to escape dangerous criminal Terence McCann. We’ll see the gang causing mayhem at a murder mystery night, where Steve Pemberton (Inside Number 9, Doctor Who) makes a cameo appearance alongside the fancy dress-clad cast.

More good news – Series 5 starts filming at the end of August

BBC Comedy commissions Undoing Martin Parker

Conleth Hill (Holding, Game Of Thrones), Rosie Cavaliero (Worzel Gummidge), George Costigan (Happy Valley) and Sheila Reid (Benidorm) will star alongside Sian Gibson (Murder They Hope, Peter Kay’s Car Share).

Set in Manchester, 1990, the last days of Thatcher, we meet Martin Parker (Hill), a self-made impresario with the ambition of Alan Sugar and the swagger of Kilroy Silk. A man with a chain of electrical stores bearing his name, he seems to have it all. But the truth is, times are changing. He’s swimming in debt, his complicated private life is catching up with him and he’s starting to lose his power.

Undoing Martin Parker plots his downfall at the hands of all those he’s screwing over with his lust for money, sex and success. Including wife Diane (Rosie Cavaliero), father-in-law Dougie (George Costigan), mobile hairdresser Kath (Sian Gibson) and Kath’s best mate Gladys (Sheila Reid). With 90s’ big hair and big laughs to match.

Man Like Mobeen set to return for fourth series

Guz Khan says: “I’ve been away in Hollywood for a couple of years, but the entire time I was there I felt like I needed to come home and give my people the show they love. It’s still crazy to me that despite having not made Man Like Mobeen for three years, it still means so much to the people. So we’re making more, for you. As always, I promise authenticity both on and off screen. That’s how real change is made. I’m going to eat roti now, bye”

Filming on the 4×30’ series written by Guz Khan (Army Of Thieves, The Bubble) and co-creator Andy Milligan (Undercover) is set to commence this autumn, and air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer next year.

Returning to the series are Guz Khan’s titular character Mobeen and Tolu Ogunmefun (Sick Note, Starstruck) as his best mate Nate, alongside Dúaa Karim (D.I. Ray, Feel Good) as Mobeen’s younger sister Aks, Perry Fitzpatrick’s (Sherwood, Line Of Duty) Officer Harper as well as Mark Silcox (Big Boys) as scene-stealing Uncle Shady (obviously still calling Mobeen “b*astard”).

The Curse Returns

The second season of The Curse joins the gang eighteen months on from the dramatic airport escape, arrest, and murderous ending of the season one finale.

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 Hullraisers back for series 2

Lucy Beaumont’s comedy Hullraisers will return to Channel 4 for a second series. In which we will see Toni (Leah Brotherhead) , Paula (Sinead Matthews) and Rana (Taj Atwal) stepping into bright new chapters of their lives where everything will be different… (whilst they fight to keep everything exactly the same!) 

Toni and Craig’s (Perry Fitzpatrick) family is growing with Baby No.2 on the way despite Toni’s denial, Paula and Dane (Yanick Ghanty) are coming to terms with Ashley (Natalie Davies) growing up and moving out, leaving a (sort of!) empty nest and Rana’s is assigned an infuriating new partner at work who will turn her universe upside down in more ways than one…  

Meanwhile, Gloria (Felicity Montagu) returns to cause more havoc as the mother-in-law from hell but this time with secrets of her own, and Nima (Shobna Gulati)  reveals the secret to hitting your absolute peak during your menopause years – which is something of an eyeopener for Rana.

The series was commissioned for Channel 4 by Charlie Perkins, Head of Comedy, Laura Riseam, Commissioning Editor, Fiona McDermott, former Head of Comedy and Jack Bayles, former Commissioning Editor. Written by Anne-Marie O’Connor (Trollied, Mum) and Caroline Moran (Raised By Wolves). The show is based on the Israeli hit show Little Mom, adapted for the UK by Lucy Beaumont. Fable Pictures, co-funded by Sony Pictures will produce the series with Faye Ward (Stan & OllieWild RoseRocks) and Hannah Farrell (Hullraisers, Anne Boleyn, Rocks) executive producing and Ian FitzGibbon (Damned, Raised by Wolves) will be directing. Sony Pictures Television will distribute the series worldwide.

Hullraisers has been adapted from the Israeli hit show, Little Mom, which has been recommissioned for its fifth series, and is exclusively distributed worldwide by Dori Media.

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Review: Mo (Netflix)

Mo straddles the line between two cultures, three languages and a ton of bullshit as a Palestinian refugee constantly living one step away from asylum on the path to U.S. citizenship.

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A Second Series for Big Boys

Camille Coduri ‘Peggy’, Dylan llewellyn ‘Jack, Katy Wix ‘Jules’ & Jon Pointing ‘Danny’..

Big Boys is created and written by Jack Rooke

Charlie Perkins, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 said: “I’m so happy to confirm that Big Boys is returning. This is one of my first commissions as Head of Comedy at Channel 4 and it fits squarely into what I think makes the greatest comedy; so much heart blended with so much silliness. Jack is a very special person. I can’t wait for what’s to come in series two.”

Jack Rooke, creator and writer said: “The response to Big Boys series 1 has been so phenomenally kind, heartwarming and beyond anything any of us could have hoped for

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Enthusiasm Is Not Curbed

The Emmy® and Golden Globe-winning comedy series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, starring Larry David, has been renewed for a twelfth season.

Originally debuting on HBO in 2001 and with 110 completed episodes to date, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM stars “Seinfeld” co-creator David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his fictionalized life. The series also stars Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, J.B. Smoove, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis, Vince Vaughn, and Ted Danson.

The comedy series continues to prove how seemingly trivial details of one’s day-to-day life can precipitate a catastrophic chain of events. To keep the narrative spontaneous, the series is shot without a script and cast members are given scene outlines and improvise lines as they go.

Boyle’s Monarchy

Comedian Frankie Boyle turns his wry eye to the state of the British monarchy and its future, by looking back at its 1,000 year history.

As he discovers the qualities of our most infamous child-murdering, wife-beheading, empire-building, nation-destroying monarchs and how they’ve shaped our royals – and our country – today, he wonders will the monarchy soon be put out of its misery as it slips gently away under the soft pillow of our collective apathy? Do the Royal Family have any place in the modern world?

Can you give Sky a fresh perspective?

Sky today unveils its new Assistant Commissioner programme, a two-year scheme designed to attract creatives from outside the traditional commissioning pool, to apply for six roles, on a full-time salary, working across Sky’s key commissioning genres – comedy, drama, arts and entertainment, factual, kids and original film.

Recognising that senior commissioning executives, with the power to select which programmes are made, are often from similar backgrounds, and with turnover low, the new scheme has been developed to bring in fresh perspectives and voices by widening the creative recruitment pool. The programme forms part of Sky’s wider strategy to support diversity and inclusion in our industry and our workforce.

The Assistant Commissioner programme has been funded as part of Sky’s£30 million commitment to tackle structural inequality, support diversity and inclusion, and use its voice to make a difference in communities impacted by racism. The programme will go live today, August 22nd  for internal and external candidates on the Sky Careers page. Sky welcomes applications from ethnically diverse candidates and those with disabilities where we are currently underrepresented.

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Katherine Parkinson finds her Significant Other

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Here We Go) and Youssef Kerkour (Home, House of Gucci) to star in  ITVX comedy drama “Significant Other.”
The series, which will start filming in Manchester next month, tells the story of Anna (Parkinson) and Sam (Kerkour), who are “two lonely neighbours in their mid-40’s, who embark on a hesitant, obstacle-filled relationship after drastic life events bring them together.” 

Ben Elton To Host FNL Special

Ben Elton is to host a one-off 90 minute special, The Return Of Friday Night Live.  will be broadcast later this year to coincide with the network’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

The show which started life in the 1980s as Saturday Night Live before moving to Fridays introduced some of the best comedians of the day. Channel 4 promise that the special will “unite the hottest new wave stand-ups and character comedians alongside some original show legends in a dangerously live night of comedy”.

Jimmy Carr is to host Art Trouble, a one-off Channel 4 show that explores “the limits of free expression in art”.

Amanda Abbington stars in The Family Pile 

The Family Pile is a brand new half-hour comedy that will air on ITV in 2023. 

The series will be a comedic exploration of one of life’s big milestones, via four sisters who have lost their parents and are packing up the family home to sell. But even in grief their messy lives go on  

Starring Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge), Clare Calbraith (Home Fires, Downton Abbey), Claire Keelan (Nathan Barley, No Heroics), and Alexandra Mardell (Coronation Street) as the sisters with Kieran O’Brien, Richard Pepple and James Nelson-Joyce.

Written by Brian Dooley with Phil Warburton-Leach as producer, Fergal Costello as director and Jimmy Mulville and Angela Sinden as Executive Producers.

Jayde Adams to star in Ruby Speaking

Ruby Speaking is a new scripted comedy from Yellow Door Productions co-created by and starring the award-winning actress and comedian Jayde Adams (Alma’s Not Normal) and written by Abigail Wilson (The Larkins, Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse). 

The Bristol-based series follows Ruby’s misadventures and is inspired by the years Jayde spent working in a call centre.  The show will be directed by fellow Bristolian, Rosie Gaunt Mathieson, with whom Jayde did Theatre Studies when they were 16. 

Jayde will also be amongst the contestants in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

So what’s the secret of her success? She goes back to her hometown of Bristol to find out.
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Bruce Montague has died aged 83 

Montague acted in over 300 television productions during his long career, notably playing Leonard Dunn in the television sitcom Butterflies  opposite Wendy Craig, going on to play in stage musicals on both sides of the Atlantic

Dougie Brown dies at 82

Duggie Brown, best known as one of the regular comedians  in Granada’s popular television series ”The Comedians” (1971-1993), has died . He more recently appeared in Coronation
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Josephine Tewson has died aged 91

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Josephine Tewson, best-known for her roles as Elizabeth “Liz” Warden in Keeping Up Appearances and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine,  has died aged 91, 

Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy has joined the Season 4 cast of Netflix dramedy Sex Education.

The Emmy winner will play Thomas Molloy, a famous author, and Maeve’s (Emma Mackey) US course tutor at her Ivy League college.

 Bloods Flowing Again

Bloods returns with 5 new episodes on 1 September on Sky Comedy and NOW. Starring BAFTA nominated Samson Kayo (Our Flag Means Death) and Golden Globe nominated Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous).

In the latest instalment of episodes, we see Wendy and Maleek’s friendship blown apart when she accuses him of drinking on the job, Jo and Lawrence finally confront their complicated ‘situation’, (with hilarious results), and Gary and Kareshma go on quite the emotional rollercoaster.

Bloods returns on Thursday 1 September at 10pm on Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW. 

Two Doors Down
Series 6 Now Filming

Series 6 is currently filming on location in the Glasgow area and at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios.

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BBC Three’s upcoming comedy horror series Wreck

Wreck is a tense thriller, mixing comedy with a slice of slasher, set aboard The Sacramentum cruise ship. The series follows 20-year-old new recruit, Jamie, as he infiltrates the 3000-strong crew in a desperate race to find his missing sister. She was working aboard the same vessel on a previous tour and vanished mid-charter. Jamie is initiated into cruise life and gets a crash course on the tribes within the staff: the theatre kids, the mafias and the low-paid workers. For this overworked and underpaid crew, life below deck can be an odyssey of partying and excess… and they remain oblivious to the bloodthirsty murders taking place on board. Jamie is forced to turn detective and uncover the sinister truth.

The series will launch on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer later this year.

Jon takes his Mother-in-Law to a Costa

 ‘Take My Mother In Law’ for Channel4 starring Lucy Beaumont and Jon Richardson and Lucy’s mum, Gill. See what happens when Jon takes Gill to Spain in search of a new home and a whole new life. You can just imagine!

Lucy Beaumomt says,”I’ve watched the rough edit of this and you are going to be crying with laughter, my mother is bloody hilarious in it, well done to director Eddie Stafford it’s getting harder and harder to find directors who really know comedy, they’re a dying breed.

Alexis Strum's pastiche of Naked Attraction

Alexis Strum is  a talented actor and comedian with her own Tic Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisstrumcomedy and YouTube channels https://www.youtube.com/user/alexisstrum

What We Do In The Shadows takes home the award for Best Cable Series, Comedy at the 2nd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards.
Abbott Elementary takes home the award for Best Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy at the 2nd Annual Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards. Star and creator Quinta Brunson takes home the award for Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series

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THE RUSSELL HOWARD HOUR RETURNS

Russell Howard is back to share his hilarious takes on the spiralling headlines with the 6th series of The Russell Howard Hour, coming to Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW on Thursday 8th September at 10pm. The Russell Howard Hour immediately became one of Sky’s most successful entertainment series when it launched and has also gone on to see huge success online with over 400 million views on social media.

Obsessed with the news, the comedy megastar makes his highly anticipated return, following his third and biggest sell-out world tour. The satirical and topical series, which will include Russell’s 100th episode on Sky, is perfectly timed to launch during the week the new Prime Minister is set to be announced.

Throughout the series Russell will be joined by guests in studio and via a satellite link, with the show previously featuring interviews with well-known faces including Ed SheeranMatthew McConaugheyDizzee RascalElizabeth DayBilly ConnollyAkalaKeanu ReevesLady LeshurrGuz KhanNaomi KleinJim CarreyJack BlackLouis TherouxTyson FuryJohn OliverAlesha DixonTan FranceBrian CoxRob DelaneyArmando IannucciElizabeth Banks and Jimmy Carr, while also spotlighting unsung heroes such as disability activist Sinead Burke, anti-knife crime campaigner and former champion boxer Mark Prince and KKK converter Daryl Davis.

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STARZ IN DEVELOPMENT ON “PLAN A” COMEDY SERIES

STARZ is in development on “Plan A,” written and executive produced by film and television writer-director Steven J. Kung.
“Plan A” will follow Asian Americans living in Los Angeles who strive for the benchmark of the American Dream – an impressive job and a satisfying love life – all while navigating the cultural expectations of their parents, society and ultimately, themselves.

The comedy will also be executive produced by Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair) through his production company Culture Machine and Leann Bowen (“Ted Lasso,” “Dear White People”) who will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the scripted series.

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How many streamers can UK households afford?

As the cost of living crisis in the UK rages on, and energy prices surge with a floating ‘cap’, will customers re-evaluate their subscriptions to streamers?

Will the unprecedented pressure on household incomes be too much to absorb the £100 or more monthly subscriptions? Most probably something will have to go. Will millions of households even be able to afford the essential broadband services on which the platforms exist?

Besides which are there far too many streamers vying for a shrinking pot of disposable income?

Netflix reportedly lost nearly one million customers, globally, in the most recent quarter. Later this year Disney+ will launch a new ad-funded service, which will still be charged at the current subscription rate of $7.99. The charge for the ad-free service will rise to $10.99 per month in the US (prices haven’t been announced for the UK). So, a 28% increase for the current offering. Prime Video is also proposing a price increase.

 

Sports, football in particular, will still be the mainstay of Sky in the UK. And Sky Sports could be the last to be affected but will BT TV have the same pulling power for their sports coverage.

Will streamers have to re-evaluate their offering/prices market by market depending on economic situation in each country.

What will you do? Will you be reconsidering which if any streamers you subscribe to in the coming months?
Do let us know.

Comedy Stars reach for the Moneybags

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Channel 4’s big money afternoon quiz show, Moneybags is back for a second series this August in its brand new timeslot of 5pm. The hit gameshow will launch with a week of celebrity specials featuring famous faces from the worlds of television, music, comedy and sport.

Host Craig Charles returns to welcome a raft of new contestants all in with a chance of winning a life-changing cash prize, with a cool £1 million quite literally up for grabs each week, including one single bag worth £100k.

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Eva Longoria to star in
Land of Women

Apple TV+ announce a six-episode series order for “Land of Women,” the new dramedy inspired by award-winning author Sandra Barneda’s best selling novel of the same name. Created and written by Iris Award winners Ramón Campos (“Gran Hotel,” “Velvet”) and Gema R. Neira (“Now and Then,” “Velvet”)

The series is produced for Apple TV+ by Bambu Studios and the groundbreaking show will be shot in both English and Spanish 

“Land of Women” is a dramedy starring Eva Longoria as Gala, a New York empty nester whose life is turned upside down when her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties, and she is forced to flee the city alongside her aging mother and college-age daughter. To escape the dangerous criminals to whom Gala’s now vanished husband is indebted, the three women hide in the same charming wine town in Northern Spain that Gala’s mother fled 50 years ago, vowing never to return. The women seek to start anew and hope their identities will remain unknown, but gossip in the small town quickly spreads, unraveling their deepest family secrets and truths.

Book of Marlon

STARZ announced today it is in development on “Book of Marlon,” a comedy inspired by actor-comedian Marlon Wayans’ life and career. Wayans will portray himself in the lead role and will also co-write and executive produce.

 

In the half-hour project, Wayans will play a fictionalized version of himself, exploring his professional life as a comedian and actor, as well as his personal life as he attempts to reconcile being a good person and loving father with being Marlon.

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Comedian, Ellie Taylor is the ninth celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing. 

Ellie Taylor says: “Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022! I’ve watched the show for years so to be able to take to the dance floor is a dream come true, for both me and mum who is a Strictly super fan! At the moment I’m focusing on the excitement and glitter and choosing to ignore the fact that I have the dancing ability of a newly born giraffe. Bring it on!”

Ellie began her career as a stand-up comedian after appearing on ITV’s Show Me The Funny and has gone on to write and perform five stand-up comedy shows, one of which, Cravings, streamed on Netflix as part of Comedians of the World. Ellie is known as a regular on the BBC’s Mock The Week, The Mash Report and Live at the Apollo, Late Night Mash on Dave and, most recently, as a co-host on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down. She also stars in Apple TV’s multi-award winning comedy series Ted Lasso. Ellie’s debut book, My Child and Other Mistakes, became a Sunday Times bestseller in 2021. 

Her forthcoming projects include two brand-new formats as she presents You Won’t Believe This (w/t) for Channel 4 and co-hosts Cheat alongside Danny Dyer, which is coming soon to Netflix

Armando Iannucci, The Veep and Avenue 5 creator, is teaming up with the Oscar-winning director, Sam Mendes for a new comedy, The Franchise, at the HBO cable network.

The half-hour comedy follows a hopeful crew trapped inside the dysfunctional, nonsensical, joyous hellscape of franchise superhero movie-making. If and when they finally make the day, the question they must face — is this Hollywood’s new dawn or cinema’s last stand? Is this a dream factory or a chemical plant?

Marina Hyde, who writes for The Guardian newspaper, will write and exec produce alongside Keith Akushie, a co-exec producer and writer for season two of Iannucci’s Avenue 5.

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