October 2022 Onwards

Jayde Goes Out

Comedian Jayde Adams went out of Strictly last night after the dance off. In response to a Twitter comment from one viewer Jayde tweeted:

“Don’t worry about me babes. Ya girls booked & blessed; ITV2 show Ruby Speaking, #AlmasNotNormal s2, UK tour, Take That film. #Strictly was a cherry on an already fab cake. Thank you Karen & @bbcstrictly. It’s truly the greatest entertainment show in the UK.”

But Jayde’s the Coolest Bristolian

In The Bristol Post Jayde was voted the coolest Bristolian in the 2022 Bristol Live Cool List. Take a look who was second https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-cool-list-2022-40-7723210

Netflix Cancels ‘Bad Crimes’

Not the first time Netflix pulls the plug on a series before it  premieres. The streamer has stopped production of the animated dark comedy series Bad Crimes and cancelled further production before it even starts streaming, according to Variety.

The show was to be voiced by Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) and Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black).

According to the logline, Bad Crimes revolved around “two FBI agents who travel across the country to solve grisly crimes while juggling their friendship, career ambitions, and as many men as possible.” 

Friday Night Live!
Wow just Wow!

If you missed it https://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-live

A version of BBC Three horror comedy Wreck will be available in the hugely popular video game Fortnite, Metavision has announced today.
The bespoke experience created by Metavision and 3D Lab and inspired by the new BBC Three show has launched in Fortnite Creative.

Dr Who: David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprising their roles

As Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor regenerated on Sunday, it was none other than David Tennant who appeared as the Fourteenth Doctor. 

With David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprising their roles for the 60th anniversary, it has been confirmed that they will appear in three special episodes, set to air in November 2023. The next Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, will then take control of the TARDIS, with his first episode airing over the festive period in 2023.

The three special episodes will transmit in November 2023 as Doctor Who celebrates its 60th anniversary.

A Comedian’s View Of Mugabe

If you’ve been watching the current series of Taskmaster you may have an inkling that Munya Chawawa was born in Zimbabwe. Now  the comedian will present How to Survive a Dictator produced by Rumpus Media for Channel 4, a documentary about Zimbabwe’s notorious dictator, Robert Mugabe. 

Using interviews, archive, and comedy sketches to help viewers understand the story, Munya tries to unpick the man behind the monster – exploring an extraordinary life that saw Mugabe win independence for his people and then ruling them with increasing brutality through four decades.

Comedy News 24.10.22

Leslie Jordan Dies

Leslie Jordan,actor, writer and singer best known for his roles in “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and currently playing Phil , the head baker in the Fox production Call Me Kat, has died in a car accident. He was 67.

Part of the statement from Fox reads, “We are shocked and devastated by today’s tragic passing of Leslie Jordan. Leslie was far more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent with whom we’ve laughed alongside for all these years. He was the kindest person you could ever imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and huge smiles to millions of people around the world.”

Something To Tell The Grandchildren

“I was on the last ever Mock The Week”
Airs tonight BBC Two at 10pm

L-R Alasdair Beckett-King, Angela Barnes, Hugh Dennis, Dara O’Briain, Rhys James, Ahir Shah and Zoe Lyons

Spitting Image Axed by ITV

Spitting Image has been axed by ITV. The broadcaster revived the comedy puppet show in 2020 after a 24-year absence, exclusively for BritBox, the subscription streaming  service. 

Matt Forde told inews, “I thought it was madness not to have the whole series on mainstream ITV. They spent all that money bringing back this mega-brand only to hide it away on BritBox. It should have been on ITV, Channel 4, the BBC or Sky, where everyone could see it.”

Celebrity Road Trip

BBC Two factual entertainment show Celebrity Antiques Road Trip returns on Sunday for its eleventh series, and the line-up of stars heading out on the road includes comedians

Jo Brand, Kerry Godliman, House of Games host Richard Osman and his actor partner Ingrid Oliver plus Les Dennis.

Season two of the critically acclaimed Max Original comedy series THE SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS debuts THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 with two episodes. The ten-episode season continues with two new episodes weekly leading up to the season finale on December 15.

Created by Emmy®-nominated writer/producer Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, THE SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS follows four college roommates at New England’s prestigious Essex College. The new season picks up with the students returning after their Fall break, tackling the challenges thrown their way at the end of season one, and facing their next semester filled with new faces, parties and predicaments.

The series stars Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp, and Alyah Chanelle Scott. Additional series regulars for season two include Mekki Leeper, Christopher Meyer, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Lolo Spencer, Renika Williams and Mitchell Slaggert.

Comedy News: 20.10.22

New Bupkis Stars

Pete Davidson’s new comedy Bupkis has added six guest stars for its premiere season:  Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Chase Sui Wonders (Bodies, Bodies, Bodies) and Simon Rex (Red Rocket). 

They join previously announced stars including: Davidson, playing a fictionalized version of himself; Edie Falco, playing Davidson’s mum; and Joe Pesci, playing his grandfather. 

Comedy News: 20.10.22

Gone But Never Forgotten

Kelsey Grammer who is returning as Frasier Crane in a new series based on his Frasier character  addressed how the late John Mahoney’s (Martin) absence will be dealt with on the show.

“His loss is and was devastating and must be given the proper attention in honour of the extraordinary man he was and the contribution he made to the show and to the acting profession,” Grammer told Fox News Digital. “We will most certainly be honoring him according to his merit. A man of merit he remains to this day.”
Grammer added, “John was a kind man, and the world cannot afford to lose a kind man at any time.”

Jane Leeves (Daphne), David Hyde Pierce (Niles), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Moose (Eddie), John Mahoney (Martin) and Peri Gilpin (Roz)
Comedy News 20.10.22

Channel 4 and the LEGO Group launch new digital series featuring Judi Love, Aisling Bea, Rhys James, and Katherine Ryan

Channel 4 and the LEGO Group, the iconic Danish toy manufacturer, are joining forces to launch Kids Rebuild the Future, a brand-new short form digital series for the broadcaster’s social media channels.

The four-part series, produced by Kalel Productions, features comedians Judi Love, Aisling Bea, Rhys James, and Katherine Ryan partnering up with kids to build LEGO creations that show the limitless world of their imaginations and ideas for a brighter future. The kids’ imaginative ideas result in some interesting builds including a ‘super gadget school uniform’ and a ‘time-pausing watch’ – making the show both entertaining and inspiring.

Kids Rebuild the Future debuts this week on Channel 4’s YouTube channels, whilst shorter 60 second edits of each episode will be released on Channel 4’s Instagram and Snapchat accounts. Kids Rebuild the Future will also be available on All 4 episodically, and a bespoke linear TV ad will air during a premier break on the 18th of November on Channel 4.

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The Big Scottish Book Club is turning a page in its new series by revving up the chat.

Host Damian Barr is ramping up the cultural wattage in the new series with some of the biggest-name authors in Scotland, UK and internationally – and adding in well-loved personalities to talk literature and life with a big dose of insight and laughs. The new revised format will see the three guests join Damian on set to talk to him and share stories with each other.

Bafta-winning actor Elaine C Smith, renowned as Christine in the comedy hit Two Doors Down, joins literary grande dame Kate Mosse and cop-turned-author Karen Campbell in a radical mix, to launch the new format later this month on the BBC Scotland channel. Further episodes will see Josie Long and Charlie Higson among the guests.
The new eight-part series will start on the BBC Scotland channel on Sunday 30 October at 10pm.

Prime Video debuted the official teaser trailer and new images for the upcoming darkly comedic drama series Mammals, starring Tony, Emmy, and BAFTA winner James Corden and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins.

Mammals follows the story of Jamie (James Corden), a chef whose world implodes when he discovers shocking secrets about his pregnant wife, Amandine (Melia Kreiling). Jamie finds himself hunting for answers with the help of his brother-in-law Jeff (Colin Morgan). Through this hunt, the cracks in Jeff’s marriage to Jamie’s sister Lue (Sally Hawkins) also widen. 

All six episodes of Mammals will premiere on Friday, November 11, exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world.

Happy Birthday

BBC 100  programming will provisionally broadcast between the 22 and 29 October, starting with a BBC 100 Strictly Come Dancing BBC 100 special on Saturday 22 October.
See your TV guide for details

Greta Thunberg to guest on this week’s Russell Howard Hour

She’ll be chatting to the Playground Politics kids about how we solve the climate crisis, and she’ll be joining Russell in the studio for an interview to discuss the release of ‘The Climate Book’.

A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW Begins Production On Season Four

Joel McHale to star in Animal Control

Comedy News: Animal Control, the straight-to-series single-camera workplace comedy is set to debut midseason on the Fox network.

The comedy, starring and executive produced by Joel McHale, follows a group of local Animal Control workers whose lives are complicated by the fact that animals are simple, but humans are not. McHale will play Frank, an opinionated, eccentric Animal Control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the most well-read person in the room.
A former cop, Frank tried to expose corruption in his department, but his efforts got him fired, which may explain why he’s so cynical and curmudgeonly. He has an almost superhuman ability to understand animals. Humans…not so much.

The workplace comedy has recruited Crazy Ex-Girlfriend grad Vella Lovell and Ravi Patel to co-star opposite Joel McHale.

Miriam Margolyes Tells Tory Minister ‘F*** You’ Live On BBC Radio

Miriam Margolyes was on BBC Radio 4 this morning (Saturday) paying tribute to her longtime friend and sometime co-star Robbie Coltrane, who died on Friday.

 

The famously outspoken Margolyes played Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films alongside Coltrane who starred as Rubeus Hagrid, having previously starred with him on TV. She described the Scottish actor as “a very fine actor, and a delightful man – huge in stature, in personality, in heart. He was exceptional.” She called him “unique and irreplaceable.”

Margolyes, is also a critic of the Tory government, went on to say that she had encountered Jeremey Hunt, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, entering the building and said, “When I saw him there, I just said, ‘You have a hell of a job. The best of luck.’”

But then, live on air she added, “What I wanted to say was, ‘F*** you!’ – before immediately agreeing with the presenters, “You can’t say that.” No Miriam you can’t but then again only you can.

Robbie Coltrane has died and a light goes out

Tributes have been pouring in for Robbie Coltrane, the veteran comic and actor known for, Tutti Frutti,  as Fitz in the crime series Cracker and Hagrid in the Harry Potter movie franchise, has died. He was 72.

Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Glasgow, the son of a doctor and a teacher. After graduating from Glasgow Art School, he continued his studies in art at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh before taking up stand-up comedy in Edinburgh clubs. And he changed his last name in honor of the jazz legend John Coltrane.

His breakout role was playing Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald, an anti-social criminal psychologist with a gift for solving crimes, in Jimmy McGovern’s Cracker series, which ran over 25 episodes between 1993 and 2006. His portrayal of Samuel Johnson compiling a dictionHe went on to star in two Bond films as Valentin Zukovsky in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough as well as the giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series.

He also appeared in an episode of Frasier as Daphne’s incoherent brother, Michael.

Aisling Goes Trainspotting

TikTok’s Francis Bourgeois is hitting the tracks for a unique 5-part Channel 4 digital series, Trainspotting with Francis Bourgeois, produced by Untold Studios.

Francis will be joined on his adventures across the UK by celebrity pals including comedian and writer Aisling Bea (This Way Up)

Each episode will be published on Channel 4’s YouTube channel, with shorter versions published on Channel 4’s Facebook, Instagram and TikTok from 19th October 2022.

Fresh Prince Drama has Another Fresh Showrunner

Carla Banks-Waddles takes over at the helm of season two, replacing duo T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson, as Peacock’s  drama based on ‘Fresh Prince’ continues to experience creative challenges.

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The TV Award –
Heartstopper

 A British coming-of-age romantic comedy television series on Netflix.

A realistic and joyful depiction of two teenage boys falling in love for the first time, Heartstopper is a runaway TV hit that represents sexuality and gender in all their technicolour glory.

The Breakthrough Award
Jack Rooke

(Image: Jack Alexander/Attitude)

Comedian Jack Rooke is the writer of the semi-autobiographical Channel 4 queer comedy, Big Boys, which, following a rapturous reception, has just been commissioned for a second series.

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – The Beginning Of The End

As the cast of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel begin the last table read for the 4th and last ever series Rachel Brosnahan (Midge) released this cast image saying:

“From first table read to last…many many feelings. Gratitude most of all. A few more weeks of lasts to come. We can’t wait to share this one with you all.”

Sir Lenny Henry was presented with the NTAs’ coveted gold Special Recognition Award, honouring his trailblazing career in UK television.

The Television Comedy Award went to Ricky Gervais’ After Life

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award went to:

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again

Comedy drama Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! – the sequel to the 2013 BBC One special Gangsta Granny – is coming soon to BBC One, CBBC and BBC iPlayer

The first-look image revealed today and shot on location in North London, shows David Walliams who stars as Dad, Mike; Sheridan Smith as Mum, Linda and Archie Yates as their son Ben.

An adaptation of the hugely popular 2021 children’s book written by David Walliams, Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! follows Ben as he is stunned to learn of another spate of thefts – with all the clues pointing to The Black Cat, better known to Ben as Granny!

Comedy News 13.10.23

Modern Family arrives at Channel 4

Multi-award-winning documentary-style sitcom, Modern Family will be available on Channel 4’s free-to-air channel for the very first time, premiering on E4 on Monday 24th October. It will launch with series 1 double bills Monday – Friday from 8pm, with catch up episodes available to stream on All 4. 

Modern Family sees three families from California trying to deal with family life, kids, quirky spouses and jobs in their own unique ways, often falling into hilarious situations.

Angela Lansbury departs Naboomba in her bed

Angela Lansbury, who wowed generations as an exponent of substitutiary locomotion, a murderous baker of pies, a singing teapot, and a novelist turned sleuth among a host of memorable roles, died peacefully in her sleep. She was 96.

Kaley Cuoco in
The Pelphrey Expectation

Kaley Cuoco and partner Tommy Pelphrey are expecting their first child. The Big Bang and Flight Attendant star announced the forthcoming event on her Instagram account.

And it’s a girl.

Mangetout, mangetout

Sir David Jason has revealed he had “seriously bad” Covid this summer, which resulted in the actor collapsing when getting out of bed one night.

The Only Fools and Horses and Open All Hours legend, 82, told BBC Breakfast he was fine during the pandemic until succumbing to the virus in July.

“I got it seriously bad,” he said.”Because all the muscles weren’t working, I collapsed and I fell against the radiator… I was so weak, I couldn’t get up.”
Full Story https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63218943

Comedy News 12.10.23

GOOD OMENS FOR 2023

In 2019, Aziraphale and Crowley helped save the world from the Apocalypse. Next year, they’ll return, to solve a mystery that takes in all of Heaven and Hell. It’s time for an overdue celebration of all things Good Omens, and some of the creators and cast will return to NYCC this October for a very special fan Q&A. Plan your questions and get ready to share in the behind-scenes stories of our favorite angel and demon, and perhaps some of your most burning questions about what you can expect in season two will be answered with more than just a “Wait and See”.

BBC Studios Good Omens season 2 to debut summer 2023 on Prime Video

The 10-episode third season of Mythic Quest will premiere on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes on Friday, November 11, followed by one new episode weekly through January 6, 2023.

The series stars Rob McElhenney, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, who also executive produces, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, Imani Hakim, Jessie Ennis and Naomi Ekperigin, who was upped to a series regular for the third season, and guest stars including Joe Manganiello, Lindsey Kraft and Casey Sander.

Last Blockbuster Still Open

Timmy Yoon (Randall Park) is an analog dreamer in a 5G world. He’s spent his entire adult life dedicated to his first love, movies – a passion that’s kept him at his first and only job, managing his hometown Blockbuster Video.

Then Timmy is alarmed to learn that his store is officially the last Blockbuster in America. He now has no choice but to take action to stay open and keep his friends employed. Timmy and his staff quickly come to realize that being home to the last Blockbuster might actually be exactly what their community needs to rekindle the human connections they lost to the digital age. It also unexpectedly reunites him with his long-time crush Eliza (Melissa Fumero), who’s recently come back to work for him. Will this battle to preserve the past be the push Timmy needs to step into the present? His employees can only hope so.

Darren Harriott Takes To The Ice 

Revealing the news exclusively to Trisha Goddard on Talk TV, Darren said: “I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t dance! My family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!”

Darren is the eighth celebrity to be announced, joining the previously announced actress and DJ Patsy Palmer, football legend John Fashanu, Love Island winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, olympic gymnast Nile Wilson, Coronation Street’s Mollie Gallagher, Drag Queen and TV personality The Vivienne and TV personality Joey Essex.

John Cleese to have a show on GB News

John Cleese,  is set to become a regular presenter on GB News, the right-leaning news channel that launched in 2021.

Speaking about the show on the BBC’s flagship radio news program Today, he described himself as an “old-fashioned liberal” and argued that “GB is not a right-wing channel. It’s a free speech channel.” He added that the reason he was joining GB News —  was that the BBC hadn’t approached him and, if it did, he would turn the public broadcaster down, “because I wouldn’t get five minutes into the first show without being cancelled or censored.”

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It’s Friday Night… and It’s Live

Friday Night Live returning for a one off special hosted by Ben Elton

Some of the biggest names in comedy are confirmed to be taking part in Channel 4’s special edition of Friday Night Live later this month.

The legendary comedy show ran from 1985 to 1988 and launched a plethora of world-class comedy talent. And now, for one night only, Ben Elton is back as ringmaster to reunite the game-changing architects of anarchy who broke through in the 80s and blend their ground-breaking comedy exploits with today’s trailblazers currently storming the circuit.

Host Ben Elton is joined by friends from the original series such as Harry EnfieldJulian Clary and Jo Brand, plus new friends from today’s circuit including Rosie JonesMawaan RizwanJordan GrayRonni Ancona and Sam Campbell, who will be giving us a mixture of topical sketches and incredible stand up. 

Kicking off Channel 4’s Truth and Dare season to mark the Channel’s 40th anniversary, Friday Night Live is a dangerously live 90-minutes of comedy variety that promises to be noisy, outrageous and very funny. It is back on Channel 4 on Friday 21st October and promises to be the biggest and boldest party in town.

Comedy News: Friday Night Live 05.10.2022

The Scene That Triggered A Real Romance

 

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki dated for two years. The pair, who starred as Penny and Leonard on the hit sitcom from 2007 to 2019, secretly dated from 2008 to 2010. Although they didn’t didn’t hook up until the end of the first series, Cuoco had  a “very big crush” on Galecki early on, which she revealed in the book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series,

“All the scenes up until we actually got together in real life, it was obvious there was always something there,” she recalled. “There was chemistry and we were crushing on each other. That was the whole first season until we actually got together for real.”

The scene that they both agreed was the moment they fell in love was in The Nerdvana Annihilation in which Leonard has a dream that he saves Penny, Tarzan style, in the broken elevator shaft. In the scene, Penny is holding tightly on to Leonard and share a kiss before it flashes back to a sleeping Leonard. Cuoco said “I think we fell a little in love in that elevator shaft.”

Galecki agreed that they “felt something” Cuoco added, “I was like, ‘Uh‑oh.’ I was crushing so hard on him. So much so that I was like, ‘Get me out of here,’ because he had to hold me up and we had to do this really close thing. Even my cheeks were really red.”

The couple dated secretly for two years — keeping it from the rest of the cast. In the end, Galecki said his “strict policies of privacy” was one of the main factors that the romance ended.


Gangster Granny Strikes Again!

David Walliams returns with another classic for families

This comedy drama, the sequel to the 2013 BBC One movie Gangsta Granny, features a stellar cast which includes David himself as Dad, Mike, Sheridan Smith (Four Lives, Cleaning Up) as Mum, Linda, Kevin Bishop (Inside No. 9, Porridge) as Italian dancer Flavio, Maggie Steed (Fisherman’s Friends, Paddington 2) as Queen, Griff Rhys Jones (Future TX, Griff’s Canadian Adventure) as Mr Parker and young Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit, Home Sweet Home Alone) as grandson Ben.

David Walliams says: “It is a thrill to revisit these characters in a brand new story. I hope families are going to love this comedy adventure story. A huge thank you to the BBC for making it happen.”

Is this just the tip of the iceberg?

Dreadful news that, due to rising energy costs following two years of declining attendance during the pandemic, Edinburgh’s Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, as well as the Belmont in Aberdeen, cease trading immediately. With mortgages set to soar, landlords increasing rents, energy costs doubling and the inflation raging, is this just the tip of the iceberg for venues across the UK?

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”.

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.

Penelope Keith: From Margo to the Manor Born

Sunday October 10th
Channel 5 are showing a documentary profiling Penelope Keith , best known for her sitcom roles as Margo Leadbetter in The Good Life and Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in To the Manor Born.

Felicity Kendal (co-star in The Good Life) and Judy Cornwell (Daisy-Keeping Up Appearances) describe her as a giggling, joking, warm-hearted person with a nurturing personality, far removed from the  straight-laced TV characters that made her famous.

Comedy News: 03.10.2022

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Judy Tenuta, the eclectic comedienne known as “The Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite of the Accordion” to her legions of fans, has died. She was 72.

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”.

HBO Max Takes A Gamble

HBO Max has given a series order for the new comedy HOW TO BE A BOOKIE, from Emmy nominees Chuck Lorre (“The Kominsky Method,” “The Big Bang Theory”), Nick Bakay (“Mom,” “Young Sheldon”), and Warner Bros. Television. Actor/comedian Sebastian Maniscalco (“The Irishman,” “Green Book”) is set to star in the single-camera series, which has received an order for eight episodes.

Logline: A veteran bookie struggles to survive the impending legalization of sports gambling, increasingly unstable clients, family, co-workers, and a lifestyle that bounces him around every corner of Los Angeles, high and low.

Stars of Comedy Go Between The Covers

BBC Arts has announced that Between The Covers is returning to BBC Two for a fifth series in November 2022 with Sara Cox hosting.

Among those taking part will be: Kerry Godliman, Kae Kurd, Al Murray, Jenny Eclair and Tom Allen

This six-part series is designed to bring the nation together by sharing the enjoyment of reading. In each programme, a different book group of four famous guests brings along a book they are passionate to share and discuss a specially selected newly published book. Hot on the heels of the Booker Prize, each show will also feature a title from the Booker backlists for the nation to enjoy.

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.

Frasier.New City.New Life

Frasier Crane is making a long anticipated and welcome return to our screens. Paramount+ has greenlit a new series from writers Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Acapulco) and Joe Cristalli (Life in Pieces, Hulu’s Maggie) and of course starring Kelsey Grammer in the titular role.

It is unlikely that the surviving members of the original cast –  (L-R) Peri Gilpin (Roz), John Mahoney*(Martin), Kelsy Grammer, David Hyde Pierce (Niles) and Jane Leeves (Daphne) will return as regulars although they could be tapped for guest appearances.
*John Mahoney who played Frasier’s father Martin, died in 2018.

So, we wait to see what the future holds for Frasier in his new life, in a new city.

The original series which ran for 11 series from 1993 to 2004 can be seen every weekday morning on C4 in the UK.

Morgana and Julian Meet The Larkins

Pinkie Jerebohm (Morgana Robinson), her waspish husband (Julian Rhind-Tutt) and their two dreadful children are determined to buy crumbling mansion Bluff Court from Pop Larkin but then regret paying such a high price. When Pop won’t give them a refund the Jerebohms vow revenge…First by taking up shooting, increasingly loudly and then, with the help of Alec Norman, by entrapping Pop.

The Larkins returns to ITV Sunday 16th 8pm

From Runcorn to Saint Marie

Ralph Little is currently filming a new series of Death In Paradise in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, which is a far cry from Runcorn in Cheshire where Susan Nickson’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps was set.



There’s a whole new audience out there that may not have seen the complete series so tonight BBC Three gives you the chance to see the first four episodes back to back. And if you did see it first time round you can enjoy it all over again. The four episodes start at 9pm

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