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

Apple TV+ renews hit, acclaimed dramedy “Physical” for season three

‘Schmigadoon!’ Renewed for Season 2 at Apple TV+

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

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

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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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

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

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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 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. 

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

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

Comedy News: ‘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

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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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And so well deserved it is too.

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.

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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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Kaley Cuoco Stars In New Comedy Thriller

Kaley Cuoco, (The Flight Attendant) will play a married woman named Ava Bartlett, in “Based on a True Story,” a comedic thriller from Craig Rosenberg for Peacock.

The series inspired by an actual event, “Based on a True Story” is about a realtor (estate agent), a plumber and a former tennis star whose lives unexpectedly collide, exposing America’s obsession with true crime, murder and the slow close toilet seat.                         Latest Comedy News 9.08.22

All That Glitters returns, 
Katherine Ryan hosts

There are some gut-wrenching moments this series where pieces break at the last minute or just that the jewellers just don’t finish in time. You spend so much time with them you want everyone to do well and when it goes wrong it’s awful. But it does make great TV…”— Katherine Ryan

Coming to ITVX this Autumn

PLEBS: Barbarian Invasion is a feature length version of the multi award winning comedy series which reunites Marcus, Grumio and Aurelius for one last time.

Bad Education Series 4 starts filming in London

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Mock the Week was never part of the culture wars. We only fought for laughs

Dara Ó Briain

Read his full Guardian article here

Dara Ó Briain on Mock The Week. ‘It was always just seven comedians a week trying to get laughs from the studio audience.’ Photograph: BBC

Friends Walking 100 miles for Sean Lock

It’s a year since comedian Sean Lock died from cancer and his good friend Bill Bailey is walking 100 miles between Devon and Cornwall, raising money for cancer charities along the way.

Amongst those accompanying Bill Bailey is comedian Lee Mack and actor Kevin Eldon who tweeted “The Devon walk for Sean continues! It’s a hard old slog, but we’re enjoying beautiful views and lots of memories of Sean. We’ve made a fantastic 75k for Macmillan cancer so far – with gift aid on top it’s really adding up.”

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Jayde Adams for Strictly

 
Jayde Adams is the fifth celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing. 

Jayde says: “Since I watched the first series in 2004, I feel like every step I’ve taken in my career over the last 11 years was to be on Strictly. I cannot begin to express the emotions I am feeling, this means so much to me and my family. I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this. Holding this in has been torture for me!”

Jayde Adams has made a name for herself in comedy, but what’s the secret of her success? She goes back to her hometown of Bristol to find out.
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Abbott Elementary
wins TCA Award

ABC comedy Abbott Elementary led all the winners Saturday at the 38th annual Television Critics Association’s Awards, taking home four awards including the prestigious program of the year prize.

Other comedy awards included:

Individual Achievement In Comedy: Quinta Brunson (ABBOTT ELEMENTARY, ABC)

Outstanding New Program: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC)

Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC)

Program of the Year: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC)
Career Achievement Honoree: TIE: Ted Danson & Steve Martin
Heritage Award: I LOVE LUCY (CBS)

The Best Medicine

NBC has handed a pilot production commitment to St. Denis Medical, a half-hour mockumentary-style workplace comedy from the Superstore and American Auto duo of Justin Spitzer, who created both series, and Eric Ledgin.

Ruth Buzzi After Stroke Tweet

Ruth Buzzi, one of the madcap stars of the 60s TV comedy show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, suffered a stroke and tweeted “Some people have strokes of luck; I had the other kind. But thanks for all your love, messages, cards, letters and Sweet Tweets! And although my final arrangements include cremation, I’m not quite ready to make an ash out of myself. xoxoxo”

Amazon Studios has commissioned historical comedy series My Lady Jane for Prime Video. Starring Emily Bader, Edward Bluemel and Jordan Peters.

Bader will take on the title role of Lady Jane. The series will follow an irreverent Tudor teenager who dreads her arranged marriage, only to be surprised when it results in a steamy romance, her coronation and a her campaign to save the people persecuted by her political rivals. Based on the nine day reign, on the English throne, of the teenage Lady Jane Grey in 1553, the novel was written by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows.

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Gordita Chronicles Axed by HBO Max

A spokesperson for HBO Max said “Live-action, kids and family programming will not be part of our programming focus in the immediate future, and as a result, we’ve had to make the very difficult decision to end Gordita Chronicles at HBO Max. 

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They continued: “The series earned critical acclaim and a loyal following, and we are proud to have worked with creator Claudia Forestieri and our two powerhouse executive producers, Eva Longoria (who also masterfully directed the pilot) and Zoe Saldaña, to bring Cucu’s journey to the screen. We thank them and the talented cast and crew for creating such a heartfelt, groundbreaking show that connected deeply with a very important demographic.”

New Girl alumna Hannah Simone has been tapped as a series regular opposite Gina Rodriguez on ABC’s new comedy series Not Dead Yet, from Casey Johnson and David Windsor, McG and 20th Television.

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ALL ABOARD!

Boarders, a brand new coming-of-age comedy drama created by BAFTA nominated Daniel Lawrence Taylor (pictured), has been commissioned for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

The six-part series follows the lives of five underprivileged black students from inner-city London who win scholarships to an elite boarding school.

Stepping out of the urban metropolis and into a world they can only describe as something out of Harry Potter, our leads will experience the highs and lows of boarding school: learning about themselves, their identity and what life on the other side looks like – which they discover is nothing like life in zone 3.

From fun and independence to pressure and competition, first crushes, forging friendships and making enemies, Boarders will look at the experience of going to a top public school from a unique perspective. 

Daniel is an award-winning writer/performer. He created, wrote and starred in Timewasters for which he was nominated for a BAFTA for best scripted comedy, and won the 2018 Royal Television Society award for Best Breakthrough. He was also a 2018 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.

 

DAVE’s 4x4x4

Later this month Dave is showing 4 brand new pilots from 4 new writers exploring 4 brand new stories.

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MOCK THE WEEK AXED AFTER 17 YEARS – ludicrous decision

Presenter and comedian Dara O’Briain said: ‘That’s it, folks; the UK has finally run out of news. The storylines were getting crazier and crazier; Global pandemics, divorce from Europe, novelty short-term Prime Ministers. It couldn’t go on.

‘And so, regretfully, we are closing the doors on Dara and Hugh’s Academy for Baby Comedians. We just couldn’t be more silly than the news was already.  Huge thanks to all our guests over the years, so many of whom went on to huge successes of their own, and never write or call. It was a joy!’

The new series screening in the autumn will be the last on BBC

Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges, John Bishop and Rhod Gilbert are also comics who featured on the show in the early stages of their careers, and have since become household names. 

Bernard Cribbins, star of Two Way Stretch,The Railway Children & Doctor Who, dies aged 93

Bernard Cribbins, who narrated The Wombles and starred in the film adaptation of The Railway Children, has died aged 93, his agent said.The veteran actor also starred in Doctor Who, an episode of Fawlty Towers several Carry On movies and with Peter Sellars in Two Way Stretch and as Nervous O’Toole in Wrong Arm of the Law.

A statement from Gavin Barker Associates said: “Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93. His career spanned seven decades with such diverse work ranging from films like The Railway Children and the Carry On series, hit 60s song Right Said Fred, a notorious guest on Fawlty Towers and narrating The Wombles. He worked well into his 90s, recently appearing in Doctor Who and the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat.

“Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question. He was unique, typifying the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”

Sneakerhead – who trains the trainers?

Francesca Mills, show stealer

Can’t believe that Mike Ashley hasn’t briefed his PR team, if not his legal team, about the obvious comparison between the fictional Sports Depot and Sports Direct. Sneakerhead (BBC2) has some good gags mostly from multiple put downs of Russell (Hugo Chegwin) the main character and top retail dog.
Targetted at a young audience, fluent in Estuary English, the show depicts a group of workshy employees who, taking a lead from Chegwin’s hit show, just do nothing. In the real retail world they would be visiting the Job Centre before the end of the series. Why so much new comedy has to be so explicit and quite so potty-mouthed is beyond me but, hey ho.

Star of the show for me is Francesca Mills as security conscious Jemma. Consistently sharp dialogue and thankfully coherent. On the showing of the first couple of episodes, it’s not going to win any BAFTAs but at least, thankfully, it’s a straightforward sitcom rather than a dark comedy or a dramedy.

Unlike The Baby on Sky Atlantic, billed as a horror comedy but would frankly be more at home on their Sci-Fi channel. There is very little to laugh at in this macabre show and the odd attempt at humour doth not a comedy make.

From Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation comes the story of Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world! Suddenly finding herself in the never-before-seen Land of Luck, she must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around. 

New comedy “Bad Sisters,” from Sharon Horgan

“Bad Sisters,” the latest comedy from Emmy Award nominee and BAFTA Award-winning creator and star Sharon Horgan. The 10-episode series will debut globally with the first two episodes on Friday, August 19, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday through October 14.

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Mythic Quest series 3 this autumn

At a special “Mythic Quest” panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Apple TV+ and the cast and creators of the hit workplace comedy series confirmed that the series will return this autumn, and unveiled a first-look teaser at the highly anticipated third season. 

In case you haven’t seen it, “Mythic Quest” follows a group of video game developers tasked with building worlds, molding heroes and creating legends, but the most hard-fought battles don’t occur in the game — they happen in the office. In season three, as Ian and Poppy navigate the gaming world and their partnership at the newly formed GrimPop Studios, Dana is forced to play mediator to her bosses’ incessant bickering. Back at Mythic Quest, David settles into his new role as the boss where he truly finds himself in charge for the first time with Jo returning as his assistant — more loyal and militant than ever; and Carol attempts to figure out where she fits in after a new promotion. At Berkeley, Rachel struggles to balance her morals with capitalism, while a post-prison Brad tries to return to society as a reformed man.

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Channel 4 has acquired season two of comedy drama Ramy.

 The critically acclaimed smash hit from A24 and distributed in partnership with Lionsgate Television is set to return to Channel 4 and All 4.

Golden Globe® winner and comedian Ramy Youssef will reprise his titular role.

Ramy – the son of Egyptian immigrants – Maysa Hassan (Hiam Abbass) and Farouk Hassan (Amr Waked) is on a spiritually conflicting journey, caught between a Muslim community who sees life as a moral test and his millennial friends who think life has no consequence.  

 

Following a trip from Egypt, Ramy is back in his politically divided New Jersey neighbourhood. He meets a Sheikh (Mahershala Ali), from a local Sufi Centre who becomes his spiritual mentor. They enter into an Islamic oath – The Bay’ah – setting Ramy off on a new journey with its own obstacles.

Season two also sees the return of May Calamawy as Ramy’s sister, Dena Hassan, Laith Nakli as Uncle Naseem and Steve Way as Steve. Mohammed Amer plays Mo, Ramy’s friend who owns a diner, Michael Chernus is Michael and Ahmed, Ramy’s friend that happens to be a doctor is played by Dave Merheje.

Jason Manford is back on BBC Two for second series of Unbeatable.

Why?

Reviewing Unbeatable, Answer Trap and Quizness, will they survive scrutiny?

Major & Carver on the hunt for a serial killer

The third series of Code 404, a Sky Original coming to Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW from 4 August.
On limited duties pending an investigation into their last case, Detective Inspectors Major and Carver find themselves at an all-time low.

So, when one of their own within SIU is murdered, Major and Carver become hellbent on solving the case and proving their worth. But it’s bigger than they thought… They discover they’re dealing with a twisted serial killer whose sights are now set on them. With lives at stake, they need to work together, but tensions run high and fractures in their partnership begin to worsen. Can they hunt them down before it’s too late?

Series three welcomes back Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham as the AI-enhanced “supercop” DI John Major and his long-suffering partner DI Roy Carver, along with Anna Maxwell Martin, Rosie Cavaliero, Michelle Greenidge, Richard Gadd, Amanda Payton, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Michael Armstrong. This series also introduces to the cast Vinette Robinson as Professor McAllister and Daniel Lawrence Taylor as journalist Searle.

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A Card for the Clubs*

In his Edinburgh fringe show Flying High John Culshaw wants to convey the warmth and affection of Les Dawson, the comic, author and Blankety Blank host.

Read interview by Brian Logan here 

*A Card for the Clubs was Les Dawson’s first novel

Lads Will Be Lads



The forthcoming series of Ladhood (6×25), the critically acclaimed coming-of-age BBC Three comedy series made by BBC Studios Comedy Productions is set to conclude this summer, as announced by writer and creator Liam Williams on Twitter today.

Liam Williams says: “It’s been a bittersweet privilege to make this final full series of Ladhood with an unimprovable cast and crew and an excellent new director, Ruth Pickett. 

Breeders starring Martin Freeman (The Responder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and Daisy Haggard (Back to Life) has been renewed for a fourth season by Sky and FX, who co-commission the series in the UK and USA respectively.

Meanwhile the critically acclaimed third series which continues on Sky Comedy and streaming service NOW in the UK and Ireland.

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The BBC has announced its plans to mark the Edinburgh Festivals this year across TV, iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds.

Highlights include:
A new documentary on the history of the Fringe Festival as it marks its 75th anniversary, told by the stars who first found fame at the Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns for its 72nd year and its first with a live audience since the pandemic

A range of Festival-dedicated programming across BBC Scotland’s TV and Radio output, as well as on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds

Radio 2, 3, 4 and 5Live broadcast from Edinburgh throughout August including three weeks of Radio 3 programming from the Edinburgh International Festival

A new collaboration between BBC Writersroom and the Popcorn Writing Award

Everything’s Rosie

Rosie Jones. has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Huddersfield.

‘Desus & Mero’ Split Up

Showtime’s late-night talk show ‘Desus & Mero’ will not be returning for a fifth season,” a Showtime spokesperson said, adding “Desus Nice and The Kid Mero have made a name for themselves in comedy and in the late-night space as quick-witted cultural commentators. 

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Lily and Freema in Dreamland

avingagiraffe.com report that Lily Allen and Freema Agyeman to star in new Sky Original comedy ‘Dreamland’

With the summer sun paying us a very welcome visit it’s high time for a trip to the beach. Filming has begun in the seaside town of Margate for Dreamland; a brand-new Sky Original comedy starring Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Lily Allen (How to Build a Girl) in her debut TV role.

Based on Sky’s 2018 BAFTA-winning short of the same name, which was written by Sharon Horgan and produced by Merman, Dreamland is a comedy-drama about secrets, lies, loves and aspirations within a family of four sisters. Set in the sun-drenched British seaside town of Margate, it is a dark comedic exploration of multi-generational female relationships, and their (somewhat dysfunctional) family dynamics.

Eldest sister Trish (Agyeman) is pregnant for the third time with her partner Spence (Kiell Smith- Bynoe). And this time, she’s decided: it’s going to be a girl. Her two sisters Clare (Gabby Best) and Leila (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) rally around her with their mum (Frances Barber) and their Margate- legend nan (Sheila Reid), “manifesting” a little girl at Trish’s ‘mani-festival’. But when their other sister, Mel (Allen), makes an unexpected reappearance back into their lives, her return threatens to destabilise the entire family. A knock on their door and their ‘Dreamland’ is no more…

Micheal Hogan’s Observer Interview

Sunday with Maisie Adam: ‘We take a walk along the cliffs to the Plough Inn in Rottingdean’

The Brighton-based, Leeds-supporting comedian on late nights, long lunches, Reddit threads and sticky toffee pudding
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Comedian Rhod Gilbert is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer.

In a Facebook post, the stand-up and television star said he is currently a patient at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff – for which he is also a patron.

The 53 year old, who recently cancelled several legs of his  tour due to throat issues, said: “While I never imagined that I would be a patient, I know better than anyone that I am in the best possible hands. The NHS care I’m receiving is incredible.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone…but who knows, maybe I’ll come out the other end with a new stand-up show and a 40 minute rant about orange squash.” He added: “Thank you everyone for your support over the last few weeks and months (and years). “I’ll be disappearing for a while and won’t be commenting further, at least not for now, whilst I focus on my recovery.”

That’s Mo’s Jam

Debuting on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, That’s My Jam is based on the original US show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, which draws inspiration from the wildly popular musical segments on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Signature games from the US version include Launch The Mic, Air Guitar, Don’t Drop The Beat and Slay It, Don’t Spray It.

With a whole host of celebrity guests, dance and trivia-based games, and unforgettable musical performances, That’s My Jam promises to take popular and well known songs to the next level like never before. Broadcast details and guests will be confirmed in due course.

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Lovely Bit of Gopher?

Freevee, the Amazon channel formerly IMDBTV is to remake Friday Night Dinner imaginatively titled Dinner with the Parents.

According to Deadline it “marks the fourth attempt to remake the show….in the U.S. and the first to get past the development stage.”

The synopsis of the remake states: If your 54-year-old dad has ever “dabbed” while shirtless in front of your girlfriend, or your mom won’t stop bringing up that time when you had to be rushed to the pediatrician after an incident with a shampoo bottle, which is why your brother still calls you “Pert Plus,” you will relate to this show. If not, must be nice!
The cast has not yet been revealed.

What’s Up Doc?

Sophie Willan, creator,writer and star of award winning Alma’s Not Normal, has received an honorary Doctorate from the University Of Bolton.
So too has Chaser, Jenny Ryan, ‘The Bolton Brainiac.’ 

Celebrity Masterchef Names Comedy Stars Taking Part

Latest Comedy News: Celebrity MasterChef returns to BBC One this summer with an all-star line-up of comedy legends, world champion sporting heroes, multi award-winning musicians and stars of screen and stage who will be battling it out for the coveted Celebrity MasterChef 2022 title.

Taking part from the world of comedy are: comedian Kae Kurd, Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph, Paul Chuckle and Richard Blackwood.

Produced by Shine TV, a Banijay UK company, John Torode MBE and Gregg Wallace MBE will be once again putting 20 well-known faces to the test across six weeks. They’ll discover who has the palate and skill to chop, slice and sizzle their way to lifting the iconic Celebrity MasterChef trophy.

The celebrities hoping to tickle John and Gregg’s tastebuds and follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion, Team GB Paralympian Kadeena Cox, are: TV presenter and actor, Adam Pearson; former World Boxing champion, Chris Eubank; actor, Clarke Peters; actor, Cliff Parisi; musician and TV Judge, Danny Jones; reality TV star, Faye Winter; TV presenter and musician, Gareth Malone OBE; former pro-footballer, Jimmy Bullard; comedian, Kae Kurd; professional dancer, Katya Jones; TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher; British drag performer, Kitty Scott-Claus; actor, Lesley Joseph; TV presenter, Lisa Snowdon; musician, Mel Blatt; media personality, Nancy Dell’Olio; actor and comedian Paul Chuckle; reality star, MoJo; actor and comedian, Richard Blackwood and actor, Ryan Thomas.

Following on from a hugely successful MasterChef final earlier this year, Celebrity MasterChef features four heat weeks concentrating on whittling down the celebrities; testing their abilities until only the best go through to the final stages. The series will once again feature an array of cookery challenges designed to stretch the celebrities’ culinary ability to their limits including the returning challenges in the heat rounds; Under The Cloche, The Street Food Challenge and Dinner Party Dish.

Then the top celebrity cooks face the nerve-racking and exhilarating challenges during the Semi and Final Week stages. Post pandemic, this series sees our Semi-Finalists and Finalists face challenges cooking for large numbers of people including a special centenary challenge to mark 100 years of the BBC.

Katie Attwood, MasterChef Series Editor, says: “Celebrity MasterChef is a firm favourite in the television must-see calendar and this series is as funny, engaging and nail-biting as ever. John and Gregg are in for a treat, as are our viewers.”

Sarah Clay, Commissioning Editor for the BBC, says: “This line up will absolutely cement Celebrity MasterChef as one of the nation’s most loved cookery programmes, with a lot of laughter alongside fierce competition guaranteed. The level of cooking is fantastic this year and you can really see how much it means to them all.”

 

Honorary RAM

Matt Lucas has been made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Seen here with his mum at the awards ceremony.

Congratulations Dame Joanna Lumley

Chris McCausland ‘takes a look’ at the world

Latest Comedy News: Channel 4 have commissioned Open Mike Productions,  to produce a brand new comedy travelogue series starring comedian Chris McCausland. Chris, who  is blind, lost his sight gradually due to a genetic condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa.

The Wonders of the World I Can’t See (w/t) is a 4×60 series that takes Chris across the globe to explore some of the world’s most iconic, unforgettable world landmarks, but in a new and unique way that discovers things the ordinary traveller might miss.

In each episode, reluctant traveller Chris will be joined by a different special celebrity guest as his travelling companion. As well as providing a humorous ‘audio description’ of their surroundings for him, the celebrity companions will do their best to prove to Chris that there’s much more to visiting these places than just what they look like, by engaging their other senses. Will they manage to convince him that it was worth getting off his couch after all?

Chris McCausland said: “I hate flying, don’t function in the heat, and can’t eat anything weird. If I’m honest, I just wanted to do Gogglebox. But thanks to Channel 4 and Open Mike for having more faith in me than I do

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Live Events at Channel 4: “I’m excited to build on Chris’s scene stealing appearances on The Last Leg and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with this new adventure. We’re proud to be the home of his first entertainment series and look forward to growing his presence on Channel 4.”

Locations and comedians taking part in The Wonders of the World I Can’t See (w/t) will be announced in due course.

Chris has been performing stand-up since 2003 and is now a regular face on our TV screens. He has appeared on Live at the Apollo three times including an episode in 2021. He has made multiple appearances on  flagship comedy shows including; ‘The Last Leg’, ‘Have I Got News for You’, ‘Would I Lie to You?’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’, ‘QI’, and ‘Blankety Blank’.

In 2021 Chris made his debut on the highly prestigious ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ to high acclaim.

Chris is currently in the midst of a 130 date national tour with his stand-up show “Speaky Blinder” that will culminate at the Shepherds Bush Empire in May 2023.

Joe and Katherine Look for Bargain Holidays

Comedian Joe Wilkinson loves a bargain and is dedicated to making as many savings as possible on holiday. Joe’s friend and fellow comedian Katherine Ryan loves to lap it up in luxury, but if she can live the champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget, then she’s all ears.

Now, in a brand-new entertaining consumer show from Hungry Bear Media, the pair are joining forces to show the Great British public how to have a fantastic holiday for a next to nothing price.

In Joe and Katherine’s Bargain Holidays, the duo embark on a relentless pursuit of bargainous getaways, both in the UK and further afield, showcasing a different type of holiday in each episode. Whether it’s the ultimate couple’s retreat on a shoestring budget, a girls’ weekend that won’t break the bank, or a family seaside stay that won’t drain your pockets, Joe and Katherine have tons of ideas for cut-price holidays.

Coming soon to Channel 4

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Larry Storch died at the age of 99. The actor was best known for his role as Corporal Randolph Agran in the 1960s sitcom F Troop.

F Troop was a satirical American television sitcom Western about U.S. soldiers and Native Americans in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC. It debuted in the United States on September 14, 1965, and concluded its run on April 6, 1967, with a total of 65 episodes.

Mica joins ALOTO

Sky’s BAFTA-winning sports comedy show A League of Their Own is making its season debut on 18 August with a brand new team mate as Micah Richards steps up in defence of the blue team. The former England and Manchester City right-back will take up a spot as a regular panellist.

Romesh Ranganathan returns to the host’s chair, alongside red team captain Jamie Redknapp and a rotating cast of guest captains for the blue team as a host of top names from the worlds of sport, comedy and television join the regular ALOTO family.

Already confirmed to be donning the blue captain’s armband are: Olympian Dame Laura Kenny, Premier League winner Kyle Walker and West Ham star Declan Rice.

Confirmed to help their side defend the title each week are; former Manchester United and England left-back Gary Neville, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, Olympic curling gold medallist Eve Muirhead and comedians Rob Beckett, Jimmy Carr, Maisie Adam, Joel Dommett, Tom Davis and Josh Widdicombe, with many more to be announced.

HCA Best Actress in a Streaming Comedy

Elle Fanning, The Great, Hailee Steinfeld, Hawkeye, Jean Smart, Hacks, Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant, Kat Dennings, Dollface Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building

HCA Best Supporting Actress In A Streaming Comedy

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Amy Ryan, Only Murders in The Building, Ariana DeBose, Schmigadoon Florence Pugh, Hawkeye, Hannah Einbinder, Hacks, Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Henpocalypse!

Brand-new sitcom, Henpocalypse!, has been commissioned for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. The 6×30 minute series, written by Caroline Moran (Hullraisers, Raised by Wolves), is a high-energy comedy romp, through the eyes of five women on the ultimate hen weekend, which goes very wrong leaving them in the ultimate fight for survival.

When bridezilla-to-be Zara’s hen-do is interrupted by the end of the world, she and her four fellow working-class West Midlander best mates wait out the breakdown of human civilisation in an isolated holiday cottage in Wales.

Raised By Wolves written by Caroline Moran and Caitlin Moran

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Bridget Christie films The Change

Filming has started on the upcoming Channel 4 comedy, The Change described as “Shirley Valentine meets Deliverance. With pigs”. This new six-part comedy-drama series is created, written by, and will star the multi award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Bridget Christie.

Bridget Christie in Taskmaster S13

The series is being produced for Channel 4 by Expectation.

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Latest Comedy News  05.07.22

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Mona Hammond, best known for her role playing Blossom Jackson in the BBC soap EastEnders and as Susu in the 90s sitcom Desmond’s, died at the age of 91.

Mona Hammond OBE was a Jamaican-British actress and co-founder of the Talawa Theatre Company. Born in Tweedside, Jamaica, Hammond immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1959, where she lived for the rest of her life. Hammond had a long and distinguished stage career.

Daisy Haggard: ‘Forget work. Let’s just talk about Wotsits’.

Interview with
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BREEDERS Series 3 WEDNESDAY 13th Sky Comedy/Now

Sneakerhead a  contemporary workplace sitcom

Shining a light on young working life in Britain. Set in Peterborough, Russell (Hugo Chegwin) is one of the many longsuffering employees of Sports Depot. He is a certified sneakerhead, working there for the love of the trainers – he certainly isn’t there for the money. The sitcom follows the hopeless, underpaid, demotivated but ultimately funny as hell working life of youth, cemented by camaraderie, and an ironic sense of flogging massive sports brands when they have no interest in sport.

Big Zuu said,
“I’m very gassed to be a part of Sneakerhead and to be working with Dave again. This is a first for me, venturing into acting, so I’m really excited to get started!”

Coming to Dave in July

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DELIGHTED TO SAY that my sitcom THE TUCKERS airs network on BBC2 21st July. For those of you who know Glyn, Peggy and gang- please have a watch of them again from the start. And for those who haven’t seen it- please tune in and meet our chaotic, bickering but heartful family

The Steve Speirs-penned comedy series follows the fortunes of the Tucker family, a close-knit extended family of ‘loveable rogues’ who earn their living in a number of ways – many of which are on ‘the wrong side of the law’.

The series features a stellar all-Welsh cast alongside Steve Speirs (Stella, Upstart Crow, Pirates Of The Caribbean) including much-respected actress Lynn Hunter (Baker Boys, Stella), Robert Pugh (Game Of Thrones), Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat) and Alexandria Riley (Channel 4’s The End Of The F***ing World)

Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards are back

After a two-year worldwide hiatus, the renowned Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards are back celebrating 40 years of awarding comedy excellence, reflecting the rich heritage of comedy talent recognised and its status as a springboard for comedians who have gone on to become household names at home and abroad. UKTV’s award winning entertainment channel Dave also returns as sponsor of the Awards this August

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Filming is underway for the new series of Murder They Hope

With star studded cast 

Nominees Are Announced For This Summer’s
South Bank Sky Arts Awards

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards – the first and only awards ceremony to celebrate every genre of the arts, including Dance, Theatre, Pop, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Literature, Opera, Comedy and Visual Art – returns on Sunday 10 July. The ceremony, presented by Melvyn Bragg, will take place at The Savoy Hotel and will air on Wednesday 13 July at 10pm on Sky Arts, the UK’s only free-to-air TV channel dedicated to arts, music and culture.

Nominations in comedy are:

Actress and Comdedian Liz Kingsman

Channel 4’s We Are Lady Parts – created, written, and directed by Nida Manzoor, alongside two BBC shows: Rose Matafeo’s Starstruck and Sophie Willan’s Alma’s Not Normal.

In the The Times Breakthrough Award the nomination in comedy is 
Liz Kingsman

 

Disney+ Original movie “Hocus Pocus 2,” reuniting Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy The live-action, long awaited sequel to the perennial Halloween classic, which brings back the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters for more comedic mayhem, will debut on Disney+ on 30th September.

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Duncanville: the animated comedy has been cancelled after three series.

A Fox Network spokesperson said: we can confirm that this season will be its last on Fox. Amy Poehler, Mike Scully and Julie Thacker Scully delivered a unique animated family comedy with a distinct voice and point of view that we are proud of.

Adding, “We look forward to the opportunity to work with Amy, Mike and Julie in the future.”

 

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Not before time…..

Celebrity Juice axed after 26 seasons

The ITV2 comedy panel show is coming to an end with two special episodes later in 2022.

Leigh Francis – who fronts the show as his outrageous, licentious character Keith Lemon – tweeted: ‘After 14 years, 26 series, 300 eps @CelebJuice is concluding later this year with two farewell specials. I remember doing the first episode thinking wow that was fun! In the V/O in opening titles I said it was the best telly show on telly.’

‘Whatever you thought of it, it was definitely the best fun making it. An amazing team, and amazing guests, but all good things must come to an end.’

TEN YEAR OLD TOM, has been renewed for a second season. The series is created, produced, directed and written by Steve Dildarian (HBO’s “The Life and Times of Tim”). Byron Bowers (“Honey Boy”) joins the writing team and voices the character of Nelson.
 TEN YEAR OLD TOM follows the misadventures of an average kid as he contends with questionable guidance from the well-meaning grownups around him. 

Take a look at this episode of The Upper Hand – recognise Tom’s daughter?

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The Upper Hand was based on US sitcom ‘Whose The Boss?’

The 90s Central TV series The Upper Hand starring Joe McGann, Diana Weston, and Honor Blackman was based on the American series Whose The Boss?, which starred Judith Light and Tony Danza, now a sequel to the 1980s US sitcom from Sony Pictures Television has been picked up Amazon’s Freevee streaming channel.

Starring Danza and Alyssa Milano who played his daughter in the original US series the first two series of which are available now on Amazon Freevee.

Frank Williams, best known for his role as Timothy Farthing, the Walmington-on-Sea vicar, in the BBC series Dad’s Army has died at the age of 90. 

The third season of the critically-acclaimed Max Original adult-animated comedy series HARLEY QUINN (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) debuts with three episodes THURSDAY, JULY 28 on HBO Max, followed by one episode weekly through September 15.

Channel 4 has appointed Charlie Perkins as Head of Comedy. Charlie joins the multi-award-winning Channel 4 comedy department from Blink Industries where she was Head of Comedy.

Latest Comedy News 26th June 2022

The actress, comedian Meg Salter (Hacks) will star in Church Girls, a comedy pilot inspired by her true-life experiences. Salter, who created and is co-writing the series, will star as Beth Parker, a 20-year-old Christian and lesbian who wrestles with her sexuality and faith in God while entering adulthood in suburban Ohio. 
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Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks will premiere globally on Netflix July 12, 2022.
Bill Burr: Live At Red Rocks. In his continuing quest to be a better person, Bill shares an “inspirational” talk for women, how doing mushrooms has changed him, finding common ground with lesbians and how his 4-year-old is helping his anger management.

Apple TV+ release the trailer for the third season of the heartwarming comedy series “Trying,” which is set to premiere globally Friday, July 22, 2022 on Apple TV+. The eight-episode third season of “Trying” will make its debut with the first two episodes, followed by new episodes weekly every Friday through September 2, 2022.
The third season picks up with Nikki ( Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) waking up as new parents to two children they are still getting to know. Now they just have to keep hold of them, which proves to be trickier than they initially thought. 

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The 5 new contestants for series 14 are are: stand-up comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain (Mock The Week, BBC Two), stand-up comedian Fern Brady (Live At The Apollo, BBC One), stand-up, writer, and actor John Kearns (the only comedian to have won both the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Best Show and best Newcomer), comedian, broadcaster and leading digital creator Munya Chawawa (BAFTA Nominated Race Around Britain, YouTube Originals), and award-winning stand-up comedian and writer Sarah Millican.

New Comedy 43 Years In The Making

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody COURTESY OF DANIEL ARNOLD/THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody’s lives and relationship have inspired a  scripted comedy.

The Paramount Global-backed premium cable network, Showtime, has ordered a pilot for half-hour comedy Seasoned, starring the married real life married couple. Gideon Grody-Patinkin, and Ewen Wright co-created the series and co-write the pilot.

THR reports: Seasoned follows the “delightfully tumultuous relationship and life of a successful, gregarious, deeply committed, slightly insane married couple played by Patinkin and Grody — roles they’ve been rehearsing for the last 43 years. The source of their unending magic is the same as their unending woe: that they’ve stayed together all this time.”

Strawberry Blond TV has been commissioned to make
Huge Homes with Hugh Dennis
sees the actor and comedian unlock the doors to some of the largest domestic dwellings across the UK. 

Lightning Only Strikes Twice

Zoe Lyons tweeted “Sadly all good quizzes must come to an end but I can’t tell you what a joy it was to work on Lightning Quiz for @bbc2. We made 2 cracking series and I loved every second of working with my pals at BBC Belfast. Every contestant was a and you can still catch up on BBC iPlayer “

A successful marriage – BBC commits to The Chris And Rosie Ramsey Show

After a successful first series, and in advance of the final episode premiering on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer tonight, The Chris And Rosie Ramsey Show will return to the BBC with a new 6×45-minute series in 2023. Full story here

Crazy Rich… Ghanaians

Think playground for Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell, Ed Sheeran and Liam Payne and you might think Monaco, St Barts or maybe even Hvar, but you probably don’t think Accra. After Crazy Rich… Ghanaians (w/t), you just might. That’s because there’s a little seen side of the West African nation.

Fast-rising comedy star Eddie Kadi is joined  for the ride by another, as yet unnamed, comedian mate who’s a first-time visitor to Ghana. Eddie’s taking them and us behind-the-scenes of this high-end, mega-rich, uber-luxe side of Ghana, whilst also digging deep into the beauty of the country’s culture and history.

Latest Comedy News: UKTV today announced that David Mitchell will challenge a brand new set of comedians to prove they can fend for themselves and demonstrate they have the skills to set up a new society in the wild with series two of Outsiders (6×60′). Outsiders was Dave’s third biggest UKTV Original of 2021, with 776k viewers for episode one.

The comedians taking part in series two of Outsiders are Maisie Adam, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Darren Harriott, Jessica Hynes, Phil Wang and Joe Wilkinson.

David Mitchell said

I’m so glad that Outsiders is coming back and I can’t wait to really get stuck in to the routine of going home to a comfortable bed every evening, leaving a bunch of comedians to fend for themselves in the mud and scratch some sort of civilisation out of the dust.

Frank Skinner to talk about his life and career on The South Bank Show, returning for 3 part series in July

The South Bank Show, one of the UK’s  longest standing arts and culture programmes, returns on Wednesday 20th July on Sky Arts, Freeview channel 11, and NOW with three brand new episodes, edited and presented by Melvyn Bragg.

Among the guests is comedian and writer Frank Skinner who has become one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful comedians since his debut on the comedy circuit in 1987. Frank talks to Melvyn about his working-class upbringing, his decision to embark on a career as a comedian at the relatively late age of 30, and the success of his TV presenting career including Fantasy Football League and The Frank Skinner Show.

Latest Comedy News 16th June 2022

Jean Smart and Martin Short Interview

The stars of Hacks and Only Murders In The Building get together to talk about their respective shows in this video published in Variety.

Jerry Seinfeld’s First Feature Film, for Netflix, ‘Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story,’ Taps All Star Comedy Ensemble

Set in Michigan, 1963. Kellogg’s and Post, sworn cereal rivals, race to create a pastry that will change the face of breakfast forever. A tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar, and menacing milkmen, Unfrosted stars writer/director Jerry Seinfeld.

Cast includes:

  • Melissa McCarthy (God’s Favorite Idiot), Jim Gaffigan(Linoleum), Amy Schumer (Life and Beth),Hugh Grant (The Undoing), James Marsden (Sonic 2), Jack McBrayer (Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show), Tom Lennon (Reno 911!), Adrian Martinez (iGilbert), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Max Greenfield (The Neighborhood), Christian Slater (Dr. Death),  Sarah Cooper (Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine) have joined the cast of the Netflix comedy feature Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story from Jerry Seinfeld. 
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RAP SH!T follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group.

Max Original Comedy Series RAP SH!T Debuts July 21

That’s the heading on the press release from HBO.
Seriously question the description of this new show as comedy.   
Seems to be now that any new production with a hint of humour is called a comedy. Rap Sh!t is one such show along with a plethora of ‘dark comedies’ that really should be termed dramas.That does a great disservice to well scripted funny comedy shows as well as comedians across the globe.

Rap Sh!t may be an excellent production in its own right but comedy it ain’t.

TV’s favourite back-stabbing big money game show is back once again as the quick-fire general knowledge quiz The Weakest Link returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for a brand new series.

Romesh Ranganathan says: “I’m delighted to be doing another series, partly because it’s a fun show and the response has been amazing, but mainly to avoid ‘Turns out Romesh was The Weakest Link’ headlines.”

Contestants and transmission dates to be eevealed in due course.

A new campaign launched by @We_OwnIt 

A campaign to stop the politically motivated privatisation of Channel 4 is being launched with support across the film and television industry.

Only Murders in the Building season two 

Season one finished off with Mabel (Selena Gomez) leaning over the dead body of the Arconia Apartments board president, Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell).

The trailer for season 2 sets up a persons of interest mystery, with Mabel, Charles (Steve Martin) and Oliver (Martin Short) as the prime suspects in Bunny’s murder.

Rowan Atkinson vs Rimsky-Korsakov’s flighty subject

Rowan Atkinson talks about his latest character, Trevor, the protagonist in forthcoming nine-part, not quite silent series Man Vs Bee, filmed in Hertfordshire, which premieres on Netflix on June 24.

Trevor is a divorced father whose scramble to fund a holiday with his daughter leads to him taking on house-sitting duties. His responsibility to protect the modernist mansion belonging to an absent rich couple are threatened by his increasing struggles with a tireless bee.

 “Trevor is different from Mr Bean”, says Atkinson. “He is a much nicer and much sweeter and more normal person, I hope — and that was certainly our aim…he seems like a sweet, well-intentioned, perfectly intelligent man, but, of course, he’s got fault lines, his weak spots, and his weak spot is his obsessiveness.”

Atkinson told The Times that, however funny Man vs Bee may be, he won’t be laughing. “I rarely laugh, physically, out loud at anything. I can just see when it works.

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Maya Rudolph is rich, divorced and saving the world in the first trailer for her Apple TV+ series Loot.

The workplace comedy, from Emmy Award-winning creators Alan Yang (Little America, Master of None) and Matt Hubbard, also stars Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon and Joel Kim Booster.

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“Bonkers” show Live at The Moth Club Dave

A brand new UKTV Original series set at the iconic Moth Club in Hackney, London and will be ‘crammed full’ of cinematic sketches and live performances from the Moth Club’s comedy collective. The five hour long shows will be screened on Dave.
Put together by the long-running Moth Club cast of character comedians, Live At The Moth Club will celebrate comedy from some of the UK’s most established comedians and emerging talent, all as you’ve never seen them before.



The cast includes: Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats), Natasia Demetriou (What We Do In The Shadows), Ellie White (Stath Lets Flats) and Cardinal Burns (C4’s Cardinal Burns), Arnab Chanda (Pls Like), Ben Ashenden (The Bubble), and Alexander Owen (Dreaming Whilst Black).

Mark Iddon, executive producer for UKTV said,

Quite simply, the line-up of talent for this show is incredible. Capturing the unpredictable experience of a night out at The Moth Club whilst weaving a narrative around the venue and the people in it, is going to be something quite special. Admittedly it will also be completely bonkers… but special. A special kind of bonkers. 

Gordita Chronicles Premieres 23rd June on HBO Max

The year is 1985 and Cucu “Gordita” Castelli (Olivia Goncalves) has just said goodbye to all of her friends and family in Santo Domingo and moved to Miami with her marketing executive father Víctor (Juan Javier Cardenas), bold and vivacious mother Adela (Diana Maria Riva), and suddenly status-obsessed older sister Emilia (Savannah Nicole Ruiz). While life in America is far from what they imagined, the Castellis are determined to take charge of their strange new world. A uniquely funny coming-of-age series, GORDITA CHRONICLES is about family, opportunity, love, resilience, and boldly defying the status quo in pursuit of the “American Dream.”

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Alex Borstein on the Job of a Lifetime, Susie’s Sexuality and the Looming End

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Taskmaster Champion of Champions

The uncompromising Taskmaster Greg Davies is set to uphold tradition and invite the winners of series six to ten to a brand-new Champion of Champions tournament, adjudicated by the PA of PAs, Little Alex Horne. Hot on the heels of a heroically fought 13th series of the BAFTA and National Comedy Award winning show, five task titans will compete in the ultimate quest for victory at 9pm on Thursday 23rd June on Channel 4.

Returning to the scene of the greatest triumph of their lives to try and become the next Champion of Champions, Greg’s expectations will be sky high as he watches previous Taskmaster Champions Ed Gamble destroy a bath toy, Kerry Godliman rolling a bobbin, Liza Tarbuck avoiding low-flying bananas, Lou Sanders painting on skates and Richard Herring revealing his bare feet. Who will emerge as the ultimate victor and bask in the glory of the greatest triumph in television?

The last Ted Lasso?

Variety reports that Brett Goldstein, who serves as a writer on “Ted Lasso” and stars as Roy Kent, has said that the show’s third season is being written as its last.
“We are writing it like that,” he told Sunday Times when asked if Season 3 would be the end. “It was planned as three. Spoiler alert — everyone dies.”

“The story that I know is the one that I wanted to tell, and so that’s the one we’re telling with the help of numerous people in front of and behind the camera, so it’s by no means me typing every key stroke and saying every word,” he said. “It’s nowhere near like that. But the story that’s being told – that three-season arc – is one that I see, know, and understood. I’m glad that they are willing to pay for those three seasons. As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don’t know.”

Breeders season 3 premieres 13 July on Sky Comedy & NOW

Sky Original Breeders, the comedy series that explores the challenges of modern day parenting, starring Martin Freeman recently seen in The Responder, and Daisy Haggard   returns to Sky Comedy  and NOW for its third season on Wednesday 13 July. Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones, Miranda) also joins the cast as a guest-star throughout the series.

Breeders continues its bittersweet look at the struggles of modern parenthood. Season 3 starts days after Season 2 ended, as the Worsley family reels from teenaged Luke (Alex Eastwood) punching his dad, Paul (Martin Freeman). Paul’s moved out and is staying at his mother-in-law Leah’s (Stella Gonet) house. He should be lonely but actually the simpler life has its appeal. Eventually, though, amends with Luke must be made. Meanwhile Ally (Daisy Haggard) has her own problems – with work, with her early menopause and with her increasingly strained relationship with her newly adolescent daughter, Ava (Eve Prenelle). Gallows humour and large glasses of wine only go so far in quelling the angst.

Netflix is opening a writers room for Dumped, a single-camera comedy from writer Heather Flanders, director Liz Friedlander, manager-producer Robyn Meisinger and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, sources tell Deadline , exclusively  Netflix does not do pilots so Dumped remains in development with an eye toward a potential straight-to-series order. 
Dumped (A Love Story) is a half-hour comedy about a hopeless romantic and her best friends who become amateur detectives when they investigate her recent ex, only to fall down a rabbit hole of lies, deceit and danger,

Comedian Axel Blake took home the top prize during the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2022. The funnyman beat teen ventriloquist Jamie Leahy, who came second, and singer Tom Ball, who came in third place, to win the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

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Blake is the third comedian to win the ITV talent show in recent years.

However his win has caused some controversy with viewers claiming that he is a professional having already made comedy videos and in 2016 he played the O2 and released the show as a special entitled I’m Not Gonna Lie on Amazon’s Prime Video.

Her Majesty The Queen and Paddington Bear surprise 11.2 million UK viewers

Sharing a warm and hilarious cream tea at Buckingham Palace as tens of thousands of people watched outside the Royal household on big screens with millions more worldwide.

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Pauline Quirke has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours

The actress, best known for her role as Sharon Theodopolopodous in the sitcom Birds of a Feather, which ran for 127 episodes from 1986 to 2016, now runs a network of PQA stage schools, as well as the PQA Trust, a charity to support underprivileged children wanting to train in performing arts.
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Answer: The young actress who played Tom’s daughter is of course Kellie Bright best known for her role as Linda Carter in BBC’s Eastenders.