Fantasy Football League is back. After 18 years off our screens, Sky is bringing back the iconic comedy football show blending football fanaticism with celebrity chat.and bringing with it, two brand new hosts – football fanatics and comedy stars Matt Lucas and Elis James. The iconic comedy football show will blend the best of what’s funny in football, with our special celebrity guest managers picking their dream team line-up. The series will return to our screens with a 16-episode series this autumn.
Originally fronted by the show’s creators, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, the duo will be passing the ball to brand new hosts, Matt Lucas and Elias James. Fantasy Football League will be returning to our screens this autumn for a new 16-episode series on Sky Max and NOW.
Matt Lucas, says: “I loved watching Fantasy Football League with Frank, David and Statto and am chuffed to bits to be a part of this new incarnation. I now make a living eating cake and watching football. I must be the luckiest man in the world. I also get to share the sofa with Elis, who is not only hilarious but the biggest football geek I’ve ever met. See you next season.”
Running from 1994 to 2004, saw celebrity guests competing against each other as managers in a ‘fantasy league’ as well as chatting all things football. Guests on the show included: Bob Mortimer, Noel Gallagher and George Best. The show also included the legendary regular feature, Phoenix From The Flames, where a retired star footballer recreated one of their most memorable moments in football.
The series was commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment at Sky for Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky. Fantasy Football League is produced by Avalon. The Series Producer is Spencer Millman (Fantasy Football League, TV Burp, The Inbetweeners) and the Series Director is Peter Orton (Fantasy Football League, TV Burp, The Russell Howard Hour).