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Mitchell and Webb reunite for new Channel 4 comedy

Back comes from Emmy-award winning writer Simon Blackwell, who worked with Mitchell and Webb on Channel 4’s popular comedy Peep Show.

When Stephen’s (Mitchell) father Laurie dies, it is finally Stephen’s time to take over the family business, a local pub. His mother and sister (Julie Deakin and Louise Brealey) are too busy aligning positive energies to take an interest in the family business.

This week's top TV: 25 April - 1 May

Olivia Colman

Monday

Flowers

Channel 4

10pm

From writer/director Will Sharpe and starring Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), the eccentric Flowers family are undergoing something of a meltdown. 

Maurice (Barratt) is a children's author, while his wife Deborah (Colman) is a trombone teacher. Both are dealing with their own demons, and are quietly helpless as their marriage falls apart. 

Channel 4 commissions sequel to Syria doc

Currently under the working title of Children on the Frontline: The Escape the film revisits a middle-class family from northern Syria whose lives have been destroyed by the ongoing civil war.

"The whole tragic story of the civil war from the initial uprising against the Syrian regime, the emergence of Islamic State and the ensuing refugee crisis is captured through the story of four young children and their parents," said Executive Producer Chris Shaw. "It's a deeply personal account of life turned upside down by the Syrian conflict"

Channel 4 launch £1 million Superhumans Wanted prize

Channel 4, Superhumans, Competition, Year of Disability

The campaign is part of the broadcaster’s Year of Disability, and will award the brand or agency with the strongest campaign idea with an exclusive spot in the first break of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

The competition is part of Channel 4’s commitment to improving diversity on- and off-screen beyond simply its editorial content and into Channel 4’s important commercial airtime.

Channel 4 relaunches Random Acts with Arts Council England

Random Acts

The short films series, which has not produced any new content since 2014, will begin again this spring. Previous videos featured street magic, spoken word performances, and silent films.

Random Acts is backed by £6million worth of funding from Arts Council England. The money is earmarked for creating several regional centres aimed at promoting young talent across the UK. 

Channel 4 commissions first 'full human body rig'

24 Hours Inside Your Body will follow three volunteers across one day, using the latest forensic filming techniques in what the broadcaster has called the first ‘full human body rig’.

Using video footage and data taken from a supersized ‘fitbit’ worn throughout the day, scientists will track the volunteers’ movements to see how things such as their sleeping position, their diet and their jobs affect their health.

Sean Bean gets Wasted on E4

Sean Bean, Game of Thrones,

The show from BAFTA-winning writing duo James Lamont and Jon Foster (Cuckoo), centres around four friends in the West Country who pass their time getting wasted.

Morpheus (Danny Kirrane – Trollied) is a fantasy fanatic who runs a bong shop with his neurotic sister Sarah (Rose Reynolds – The World’s End). He harbours a flame for their quirky mate Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth – Game of Thrones) who runs a tattoo parlour from the back of the shop.