Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Latest comedy news

Simon Bird stars in apocalyptic Channel 4 sitcom Everyone Else Burns

Simon Bird stars in apocalyptic Channel 4 sitcom Everyone Else Burns

Simon Bird stars in apocalyptic Channel 4 sitcom Everyone Else Burns with an ensemble cast of familiar comedy names.

DVD release for recovered Morecambe & Wise episodes

DVD release for recovered Morecambe & Wise episodes

The BBC is to release a new DVD comprising recently recovered and restored episodes of The Morecambe & Wise Show, alongside a host of extra archive material.

Radio 4 orders Jen Brister, Josie Long and Kiri Pritchard-McLean shows

Radio 4 orders Jen Brister, Josie Long and Kiri Pritchard-McLean shows

Radio 4 has commissioned stand-up specials from Jen Brister and Josie Long, a medicine-based panel show fronted by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and a train-based interview series from Alexei Sayle.

Billy Connolly to receive BAFTA Fellowship Award

Billy Connolly to receive BAFTA Fellowship Award

Billy Connolly will be honoured with the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship at this year's BAFTA TV Awards.

Inside No. 9 to be remade in America

Inside No. 9 to be remade in America

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's hit BBC comedy anthology series Inside No. 9 is set to be remade for American audiences.

Derry Girls announce extended special finale

Derry Girls announce extended special finale

Channel 4 has announced it is to broadcast an extended length special finale episode of Derry Girls after the conclusion of Series 3 proper in mid-May.

Matt Lucas and Elis James to host Fantasy Football reboot

Matt Lucas and Elis James to host Fantasy Football reboot

Matt Lucas and Elis James are set to film a pilot of a new Sky version of Baddiel & Skinner's Fantasy Football League format.

Classic sitcom documentary coming to DVD

Classic sitcom documentary coming to DVD

A 1970 Dutch TV documentary about British sitcoms is to be released on DVD. The programme goes behind-the-scenes on comedies including Steptoe And Son, Hark At Barker and Please Sir!.

Alex Brooker is the Hobby Man for Channel 4

Alex Brooker is the Hobby Man for Channel 4

Channel 4 has ordered four-part series Hobby Man, in which Alex Brooker and celebrity guests try a range of pastimes, from the familiar to the obscure.

Rosie Jones to host UKTV disability showcase

Rosie Jones to host UKTV disability showcase

UKTV has commissioned Rosie Jones's Disability Comedy Extravaganza, a stand-up showcase for UKTV Play and the Dave YouTube channel.

Greg Davies's The Cleaner mops up a second series for BBC One

Greg Davies's The Cleaner mops up a second series for BBC One

Greg Davies sitcom The Cleaner, about a crime scene cleaner, is lined up for a second series on BBC One.

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe to publish Parenting Hell book

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe to publish Parenting Hell book

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe have signed a publishing deal to release a spin-off book from their hit podcast Parenting Hell.

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Soho Theatre Live

Soho Theatre Live is back on Amazon Prime Video UK with Season 3 and 10 incredible comedy specials. Featuring Mark Watson, Natalie Palamides, Olga Koch, Spencer Jones, Michael Odewale, Suzi Ruffell, Alfie Brown, Luisa Omielan, Felicity Ward and Anuvab Pal. Available for UK and Ireland Prime Video subscribers on Fri 6 May. Watch Series 1 and 2 now.

Features

Comedy Chronicles: But while there's moonlight... The magic of Ernest Maxin

Comedy Chronicles: But while there's moonlight... The magic of Ernest Maxin

Intoxicated by the glamour and spectacle of mid-century Hollywood, the outrageously multi-talented Ernest Maxin became one of the BBC's most reliable comedy and light entertainment producers through the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Win The Play That Goes Wrong tickets

Win The Play That Goes Wrong tickets

We've tickets to give away to see The Play That Goes Wrong live in London's glittering West End this summer.

Criminal tendencies: the comic genius of Richmal Crompton

Criminal tendencies: the comic genius of Richmal Crompton

To link in with the Radio 4 documentary now on BBC Sounds, Edward Rowett explains why Just William creator Richmal Crompton is such an important literary figure.

British Comedy Quiz #200

British Comedy Quiz #200

200 quizzes! To celebrate this milestone, all of this week's questions are themed around the number 200.

Promotion

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TV listings

Derry Girls

Derry Girls

Tuesday 9pm, Channel 4

James's driving skills are put to the test as the gang set off with a van full of hooch and high hopes to an adult-free house in Donegal. Meanwhile, the Quinns visit local psychic Carlos Santini (guest star Conleth Hill).

Hullraisers

Hullraisers

Tuesday 9:35pm, Channel 4

It's the day of Grace's flamingo-themed 5th birthday party and everything is going smoothly - until she comes down with an unexplained case of flamingo-phobia.

Richard Hammond's Brain Reaction

Richard Hammond's Brain Reaction

Wednesday 9pm, Comedy Central

Victoria Coren Mitchell and teammate Guz Khan go head-to-head with Johnny Vegas and Kiri Pritchard-McLean. And, as always, bringing the science smarts is comedian and brain box Ria Lina.

The Island

The Island

Wednesday 10pm, Dave

They've chosen enough stuff to put on their island, so it's time to ban something in this seventh episode. What really gets their goat? If they have goats. Spoiler alert, they haven't got goats.

The Dry

The Dry

Thursday, BritBox

This comedy drama starring Roisin Gallagher - as a woman who returns to live in her home town of Dublin after years living the high life in London - will be on BritBox from Thursday.

Taskmaster

Taskmaster

Thursday 9pm, Channel 4

Alex Horne suffers for his boss as he is pelted with milk and gin, while Bridget Christie has many questions concerning shoes, Judi Love is bewildered by bunting, and Ardal O'Hanlon looks a bit bereft.

Rob And Romesh Vs

Rob And Romesh Vs

Thursday 9pm, Sky Max

Rob and Romesh are on a mission to crack the world of musicals and land a role in a blockbuster show in London's West End.

Chivalry

Chivalry

Thursday 10pm, Channel 4

Bobby and Cameron support Jean's charitable efforts. Noah gets into a sticky situation at school. Bobby throws a party for Aston, and some surprise visitors are in attendance.

Celebrity Juice

Celebrity Juice

Thursday 10pm, ITV2

Shirley Ballas, Melvin Odoom, Chelcee Grimes and The Vivienne join captains Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack for more games, fun and anarchy on the panel show hosted by Keith Lemon.

Here We Go

Here We Go

Friday 8:30pm, BBC One

Unwilling to give up his dream of making a living from his former Olympic archery skills, Paul sets up a YouTube channel and sets about making fitness videos with Sam.

Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

Friday 9pm, BBC One

Richard Ayoade is set to present the topical comedy show this week.

The Other One

The Other One

Friday 9:30pm, BBC One

Series 2 of the sitcom about families brought together by a dead father the siblings all share. As Cathy struggles with the ethics of fancying a brother, Cat is determined to welcome Callum to the family; while Callum isn't sure what family means any more.

For a complete list of TV and radio broadcasts, including repeats, see our full schedule.

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His Lordship Entertains - Episode 1

His Lordship Entertains - Episode 1

Sunday 15th May 2022. DVD

One of Ronnie Barker's favourite characters, Lord Rustless, swapped channels from ITV for this short BBC sitcom set in a hotel. Originally shown from colour videotape, those recordings were wiped. The first episode was discovered as a black and white film print in New Zealand in 2007, and with new, amazing colour restoration processes, it has been comprehensively re-coloured, looking just about as good as it did when first broadcast back in 1972.

Co-starring David Jason, Josephine Tewson and Frank Gatliff, the comedy follows the rambunctious Lord as he opens his beloved stately home, Chrome Hall, as a modern country house hotel. Written by Barker himself, the episode is a treat that foreshadows Fawlty Towers by almost three and a half years.

The preceding series, Hark At Barker, is already available on DVD.

Pirates

Pirates

Monday 16th May 2022. Blu-ray and DVD

The debut feature film from television presenter and radio DJ Reggie Yates.

New Year's Eve 1999. Cappo, Two Tonne and Kidda drive through London in their tiny Peugeot 205, pumping a live UK garage set from the stereo and arguing about their Avirex jackets and Naf Naf imports. As the eighteen-year-olds step into adulthood they know their lives and friendships are on the brink of change. Determined to end the century on a bang they drive across the city in a desperate search for tickets for the best millennium party EVER.

Conversations From A Long Marriage - Series 3

Conversations From A Long Marriage - Series 3

Thursday 2nd June 2022. Audio Download

Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam return as the married couple who met in the Summer of Love and are still passionate about love, life, music - and each other.

With Roger approaching a big birthday, the couple reflect on growing older and all that it entails, from the increasing need to keep active to the ultimate question - to downsize, or not to downsize? However, their progress is hindered by still feeling the same as ever...even if their friends have replaced technicolour for tweed and have never heard of Stormzy!

Caroline Frost - Carry On Regardless: Getting To The Bottom Of Britain's Favourite Comedy Films

Caroline Frost - Carry On Regardless: Getting To The Bottom Of Britain's Favourite Comedy Films

Out now. Hardback

The definitive history of Carry On, Britain's largest film franchise, bringing the story of the films right up to date and including exclusive interviews with stars such as Bernard Cribbins, Angela Douglas and Kenneth Cope. And, for the first time, loved ones of some of the films' biggest names on and off screen share their personal memories from this unique filmmaking era - from the gentle capers of the 1950s, through the glorious golden age of the 1960s, to the creative challenges in the years that followed.

This book takes you on a happy walk down memory lane to enjoy Sid James's conspiratorial chuckle, Kenneth Williams's elongated vowels, Charles Hawtrey's bespectacled bashfulness and Barbara Windsor's naughty wiggle, as writer Caroline Frost explores the different ingredients behind their huge appeal. It all seemed effortless, but Frost sheds new light on just how much talent and hard work went into creating the laughs - and she examines the real-life struggles of the stars who found solace in their tight companionship at Pinewood Studios. She asks, was Carry On really as sexist, racist and bigoted as critics claim? Three of the female stars explain why they never felt remotely exploited. Plus Frost takes a fresh look at some of the series' biggest titles and argues that, in reality, they were far more progressive than their detractors would have you believe. Finally, with constant talk about new films, fresh productions and renewed speculation about a brand new era of Carry On, Frost asks - does this ever-popular series still have legs?

Anything Legal: A Tale Of Two City Gents

Anything Legal: A Tale Of Two City Gents

Out now. Audio Download

Wally K. Daly's 1980s comedy about a pair of new entrepreneurs who'll do anything...as long as it's legal. Best friends George and Charles have been commuting to work together for 15 years. Then, one fateful day, they both find out that they're being laid off. For a while, they keep the news secret and carry on as normal, but eventually they have no choice but to admit the truth. It's time to take action and find alternative employment - but how? When the Job Centre proves a dead end, they set up an agency offering their services. They'll do anything - as long as it's legal...

Created by well-known radio and TV writer Wally K. Daly, this entertaining sitcom stars Donald Hewlett and Michael Knowles (It Ain't Half Hot Mum) as Charles and George, with a veteran cast including Norma Ronald (The Men From The Ministry) and Dilys Laye (Carry On Camping).

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.

Comedy videos

Ricky Gervais: SuperNature - Trailer

Ricky Gervais: SuperNature - Trailer

SuperNature, the latest stand-up comedy show from Ricky Gervais, streams on Netflix around the world from May 24th.

Fin Vs The Internet - Sean Burke

Fin Vs The Internet

A new web series from stand-up Fin Taylor, in which he tries to understand how to 'make it' on the internet by talking to people with more followers than him. First up: Twitter star Sean Burke.

Why Am I Always Tired?

Why Am I Always Tired?

Are you always exhausted? Is your relationship suffering because you can't stay awake? You need to watch Why Am I Always Tired?, a pop comedy song written and directed by comedy duo Shelf.

Every Evil Emperor

Every Evil Emperor

What do you do when you've seized power and/or purchased a large social media company? You do a monologue.

Comedy Central Live - Josh Jones

Comedy Central Live - Josh Jones

Rising star Josh Jones on his hometown, finding love and giving away family secrets.

Taskmaster - Series 13 Episode 2 outtakes

Taskmaster - Series 13 Episode 2 outtakes

Some bits cut from Taskmaster. Bridget tries to levitate in the studio, Judi's honest reaction to tasks, and what Greg would most like to show to an alien.

Getting a takeaway

Getting a takeaway

Stevie Martin and Lola-Rose Maxwell demonstrate how getting food delivered is not always as easy as it should be.

Spotlight

It's A Wonderful World

It's A Wonderful World

From 1956, this charming musical comedy feature stars the wonderful George Cole as a songwriter down on his luck. For Ken and his flatmate/composing partner Ray (Terence Morgan), life is a struggle as they continue to fail to make any headway in the music business, but then a junior position at a record company for Ray and a chance discovery for Ken look like they could be on the up. Available on DVD and airing tomorrow morning on Talking Pictures TV, the early colour comedy film is packed with recognisable stars - how many can you spot?

Thanks for reading

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