Channel 4

Our Friend in Leeds: Helen Scott prepares for Channel 4's arrival

Leeds (Credit: Channel 4)

The announcement that Channel 4 will be coming to Leeds literally lit up the city. Social media went mad. Leeds City Region’s #4Sparks campaign had prevailed, and Leeds University floodlit its iconic Parkinson Building in celebration.

Friends and neighbours with no connection to the media were talking about it as a good thing. A new wave of prosperity, jobs and creative pride was on the way.

Moreover, we had been the underdog and beaten off the challenge from the two Andies (mayors Andy Street, heading the Birmingham bid, and Andy Burnham, in Manchester).

Rob Rinder to judge 2018 in Channel 4 review show

Judge Rinder (Credit: ITV)

The one-off special will see Rinder apply his legal know-how and sharp wit to analyse the funniest moments and the biggest topics of the last year.

Rinder will also be joined by a roster of famous faces including former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, comedian Deborah Frances-White (Have I Got News for You), journalist and broadcaster Clare Balding (Wimbledon) and politician-turned-dancing star Ed Balls (Strictly Come Dancing).