DISNEY+ UK ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES “EXTRAORDINARY” COMING JANUARY 2023

Ten years ago, everyone over the age of 18 got their superpower. But Jen, a painfully self-aware 25-year-old woman, is still waiting to get hers. She’d take anything at this point. Adrift in a big, confusing world and armed with nothing but a bit of hope, a lot of desperation and her flatmates, Jen begins her journey to find her maybe-superpower.

“Extraordinary” is led by a cast of rising UK talent, including Máiréad Tyers, Sofia Oxenham, Bilal Hasna and Luke Rollason. Additional cast members include Siobhan McSweeney, Robbie Gee and Safia Oakley-Green.

Written by series creator and lead writer Emma Moran, a stand-out debut writer with an utterly distinctive voice, and from BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Peabody Award-winning production company behind “Killing Eve”, Sid Gentle Films, this is a fresh, innovative comedy about being young and finding your feet in a confusing world, when all you’ll ever be is ‘ordinary’.

From next year Channel 4 will bring all its channels and services under one ‘Channel 4’ brand to help audiences better navigate the abundance of choice in the digital world and find their favourite Channel 4 shows wherever and whenever they choose to watch content.  
‘All 4’ will change to ‘Channel 4’ as Channel 4 becomes the first UK broadcaster to adopt one brand identity across its digital and linear channels as audiences increasingly no longer distinguish between digital and linear content. Channel 4’s entire portfolio of channels will also align with the ‘Channel 4’ brand.

SOME JOKES NEVER GET OLD 

Children recreate nation’s favourites scenes for GOLD’s 30th birthday

Top 10 funniest sitcom moments of all time revealed! The TV channel has recreated timeless comedy scenes from sitcoms with children, including the infamous ‘Del Boy falling through the bar’ moment from Only Fools and Horses

Nine in ten (92%) British adults said top TV moments from sitcoms such Vicar of Dibley, Dad’s Army and The Office are still as funny today as when they first aired on television

Catch an all-time classic British sitcom episode every night through November at 10pm on Gold

Del Boy falling through the bar in Only Fools and Horses has been voted the funniest TV sitcom moment of all time, according to new research released today.

Geraldine falling into a puddle in The Vicar of Dibley, Basil Fawlty smashing his car with a tree branch, and Captain Mainwaring’s “Don’t tell him, Pike!” scene in Dad’s Army, also featured in the list.

The research, which polled 2,000 British adults and children (aged 8 – 16), was specially commissioned by TV channel GOLD to celebrate its 30th birthday and reveals that these classic sitcom moments are still as funny today as when they first aired on television.

The Top 10 funniest sitcom moments of all time, according to Brits:

  • Only Fools and Horses – Del Boy falls through bar – 67%
  • Vicar of Dibley – Geraldine falls into a puddle – 45%
  • Dad’s Army – “Don’t Tell Him Pike” – 42%
  • Fawlty Towers – Basil smashes his car – 32.
  • Inbetweeners – “Car Friend” – 19%
  • Gavin and Stacey – Smithy’s curry order – 18%
  • The Office – David Brent’s dancing – 17%
  • Ab Fab – Falling out the cab – 15%
  • Blackadder – Lord Flashheart’s entrance – 14%
  • Father Ted – Cows and perspective – 12%

Of those surveyed, eight in ten (83%) children said they thought classic sitcom clips were still funny today, and three-quarters (76%) of children said they enjoyed watching comedies like Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers with their parents or grandparents

Nine in ten (92%) British adults said top TV moments from sitcoms such Vicar of DibleyDad’s Army and The Office are still as funny today as when they first aired on television.

The research also revealed Only Fools and Horses to be the nation’s favourite comedy sitcom of all time, claiming 29% of the vote. Del Boy was named as the most-loved sitcom character, with 59% of respondents in agreement, followed by Basil Fawlty (33%).

89% of respondents said that they believe British sitcoms are funnier than non-British sitcoms, and over half (59%) voted the 1980s as the decade that produced the best TV comedy.

Following the research, TV channel GOLD has recreated three of the nation’s favourite scenes with children in the lead roles, reflecting the timeless nature of these icon

Shot in varying locations across London and Hertfordshire, the incredible clips have been painstakingly recreated by UKTV Creative with a cast of children.

The scenes were shot in the same style to make them as true to the originals as possible, and the children were specially chosen for their comedy timing and acting.

The first scene recreation shows 9-year-old Thomas Aitch playing Only Fools and Horses‘ Del Boy. The cheeky chap is joined by 15-year-old Dane Young as Trigger, where Del Boy falls through an open bar when trying to impress a group of women.

Secondly, Grace Hindle stars as Geraldine Granger, the Vicar of Dibley lead character made famous by Dawn French. The 12-year-old takes a walk along a country lane before falling chest-deep into an unseen puddle, with Stanley Potter playing Simon who helps her out of this side-splitting situation.

In the final hilarious recreation of Fawlty Towers, which was shot on location in the very spot where John Cleese made it famous. 13-year-old Conall Turner stars as Basil as he gets increasingly frustrated by his car not starting, resulting in him hitting the car over and over with a tree branch found nearby.

Thomas, who stars as Del Boy in the Only Fools and Horses scene recreation said: “I had so much fun doing this scene, I had to fall so many times! The original is hilarious, I love Only Fools and Horses. I watched it a lot to get into character and I’m really happy I got to take part.”

Stand Up Sitcom

Filmed at the East London comedy venue, the show mixes live performances with a behind-the-scenes mockumentary.   Live At The Moth Club on Dave at 10pm November 24

Did James Corden unknowingly plagiarise Ricky Gervais?

Sometimes two people can come up with the same joke. At least with the same basic parameters of a joke. It can happen on the comedy circuit when a comedian unconsciously absorbs another comics joke and sometime later thinks that the idea is original. But as far as co-incidences go this one is a bit too much to swallow.

Last night, on his Late Late Show, James Corden was commenting on Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and pointing out the level of vitriol that was being posted on Twitter by angry tweeters who did not need to engage with it.

Corden likened Twitter to a town square saying:  …if someone puts up a poster in a town square that says “guitar lessons available”, you don’t get people in the town ranting that, “I don’t want to play the guitar! Astonishingly the whole piece was almost identical to a Ricky Gervais routine, from his 2018 Humanity Special streaming on Netflix, including the delivery. Not even a twist. Not banjo lessons or badminton lessons.

It wasn’t even in a comedy club. It was live on an international TV show with millions of viewers.

And naturally it didn’t go unnoticed especially on Twitter where it has caused a storm. In typical Gervais style he retweeted the clip and said: ‘The bit about the town square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant’

Series two of the horror comedy will return to Northern Ireland to film next year

After the dramatic events on The Sacramentum cruise liner, the Valorum corporation are out for blood – hunting down the gang who overthrew the ship. Jamie and Vivian have so far failed to expose the corporation’s killer secret but our duo are determined to rally former shipmates and survive long enough to expose the next big thing in twisted entertainment. Things aren’t always safer on dry land…

Creator Ryan J. Brown said: “I’m really thrilled to be serving up another slice of Wreck. We’ll be back, bigger and bloodier in 2023. To have BBC Three’s confidence in us reaffirmed is the best feeling. I’ve always had big plans for where our story could go and to fully realise that is an honour. At its heart Wreck is a story about a group of underdogs fighting back and achieving the impossible and in some ways it felt like that when making Series one, our immense ambition meant we were up against it, but our cast and crew lead by our fearless director, Chris Baugh powered through in an inspiring way. To see all of our hard work pay off is a privilege and I can’t wait to do it again.”

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BBC Three have asked creator and writer Ryan J. Brown and Euston Films to create a second series of the comedy horror Wreck.

Am I Being Unreasonable will return

The hit comedy thriller, Am I Being Unreasonable? will be back for a second series on BBC One and iPlayer.

Ollie (LENNY RUSH), Harry (RUBEN CATT), Nic (DAISY MAY COOPER)
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Written by and starring Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli, the critically acclaimed comedy thriller took another twist at the series conclusion as audiences learned what really happened between Nic (Cooper) and Alex (David Flynn) that fateful night on the train.

Filmed in Bristol and around the West Country, the binge worthy first series saw Nic grieving a loss she couldn’t share with anyone. Only her son Ollie (Lenny Rush), who she adores kept her going. When Jen (Hizli) arrived in town with her son Harry (Reuben Catt), she found a kindred spirit and soon Nic’s dark secret started to bubble over.

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Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse told the story of Britain’s political and social evolution over the last century through the life of the BBC. By turning complete fictions into a staggering array of hard facts, they revealed details about the BBC that have been buried for decades, including…
That the German language version of The Archers was directly responsible for the death of Adolf Hitler.

That Annette Mills’ Muffin was a Drug Mule.

Are the BBC’s enemies Right? Is the BBC Left? What’s Left of the BBC? Should we all just be thankful for Attenborough, Dad’s Army and Abigail’s Party? If John Reith could see our BBC, would he RuPaul the day he first dreamt of placing a Love Box in your Living Rooms? It’s clever, sharp, well written and more to the point it’s funny. But maybe more so for the Boomer’s generation.

If you missed it catch it here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001dk9y

Many of the BBC’s classics are given the Enfield/Whitehouse treatment including : Only Fools and Horses, Strictly, The Vicar of Dibley, Top of the Pops and Dad’s Army to name but a few.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse were joined by Catherine Shepherd, Rosie Cavaliero, Simon Greenall, Kevin Bishop, Seann Walsh, Joe Dempsie, Amber Hall, Shannon Antonia and Kiell Smith-Bynoe.

DISNEY+ ORIGINAL SERIES “THE SANTA CLAUSES”

Original series “The Santa Clauses.” The first two episodes of the six-episode series will premiere Wednesday, November 16, exclusively on Disney+.

Scott Calvin is back! After being Santa Claus for nearly thirty years, he’s as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic. Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.

The series stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, Elizabeth Mitchell as Carol/Mrs. Claus, Elizabeth Allen-Dick as Sandra, Devin Bright as Noel, Austin Kane as Cal, Matilda Lawler as Betty, Rupali Redd as Grace and Kal Penn as Simon Choksi.

Netflix to Stream Peacock’s ‘Girls5eva’ 

Girls5eva the all-star musical comedy, which aired on Peacock for its first two seasons, has been renewed for a third but exclusively on Netflix next year.

Their agreement includes rights to Girls5eva’s first two seasons, which will stream on both Peacock and Netflix.

The show follows a one-hit-wonder girl group from the ‘90s who reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. The second season saw the girls,  Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps, sign up with a record label owned by the Property Brothers and record their comeback album.

A Sausage Party TV series is coming to Prime Video. The streamer has ordered a series titled Sausage Party: Foodtopia.

 

Original voice cast members Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz and Edward Norton will return alongside Will Forte, Sam Richardson, Natasha Rothwell and Yassir Lester.

‘The Upshaws’ Renewed For Season 3

Netflix has renewed the comedy series The Upshaws from Regina Hicks and Wanda Sykes for a third season.

Starring Sykes, Mike Epps and Kim Fields, the multi-camera comedy centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it.

The show premiered its second season in June and will return in early 2023 with the season’s remaining episodes.

Noah On Netflix

Soon after Trevor Noah announced he was quitting The Daily Show after seven years, he filmed his third Netflix stand up special in Toronto. Titled I Wish You Would, the hour long set will premiere globally Nov. 22.

Bishop Takes Night, Checkmate

Award-winning comedy superstar and actor John Bishop is back for a second series of his successful Saturday night topical chat show for ITV and ITVX, The John Bishop Show.

After completing a hugely successful sold-out arena tour and starring in the latest series of Doctor Who, John is back for six more shows bringing viewers a mix of his trademark everyman stand-up, reviewing the week’s events and shooting the breeze with some very special celebrity guests from the world of film, TV, music and sport. 

The new series will be preceded by The John Bishop End of Year Show, an irreverent look back at 2022. 

John said:

“I was delighted with the response to the first series. It was great to give viewers a Saturday night show that offered an entertaining mix of comedy, interesting guests and topical discussion.  I can’t wait to do another series.  And before that, I’m really looking forward to my end of year show – but its been such a quiet year, I don’t know what I will talk about..!”

Comedy stars take a trip to St Marie

Ralf Little (Detective Inspector Neville Parker), Don Warrington (Commissioner Selwyn)

Les Dennis (Coronation Street) and Siobhan McSweeney (Derry Girls) will spend Christmas in the Caribbean as they join the Death in Paradise series regulars Ralf Little (D.I Neville Parker), Don Warrington (Commissioner Selwyn Patterson), Élizabeth Bourgine (Catherine Bordey) Tahj Miles (Officer Marlon Pryce), Shantol Jackson (D.S Naomi Thomas) and Ginny Holder (Darlene Curtis) for the BBC crime drama’s second ever festive feature-length special, airing later this year on BBC One and iPlayer.

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The ratings winner also welcomes an array of stellar guest stars to its sandy shores throughout the Christmas special and new series, including: Chelsea Edge (I Hate Suzie), Robert Webb (Peep Show), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails), Jo Martin (Doctor Who), Christopher Villiers (Top Secret!), Kevin Eldon (Sanditon), Amit Shah (Happy Valley), Jo Hartley (After Life), Barney Walsh (The Larkins), John Michie (Coronation Street), Fiona Button (The Split), Okorie Chukwu (Kate & Koji), Gamba Cole (The Outlaws), Cara Theobald (Downton Abbey) and more.