Comedy

Daniel Sloss: Finding comedy in chaos

“I understand my comedy isn’t for everyone, I would never want to be a comedian that appealed to everyone,” admits the Scottish comedian.

Describing his sense of humour as a “darkness”, Sloss often questions offensive comedy in his stand up. “My intention is never to offend…you’re choosing to be offended.”

“I don’t enjoy truly offending anyone, I’m still growing and learning. [But] there is a level of narcissism to being offended by comedy that I am jealous of. You go to a comedian’s show and sit there and think, ‘is this about me?’, that’s all being offended is.”

Miranda is back for a one-off special on BBC One

Miranda (credit: BBC)

Miranda followed the eponymous protagonist’s awkward encounters in the joke shop she ran with her best friend Stevie (Sarah Hadland), as she vied for the attention of heart-throb Gary (Tom Ellis).

Hosted by Miranda Hart at the London Palladium, Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration will see the cast reunite to look back over the sitcom’s history of friendship, family, romance and laughter. 

Viewers can expect behind the scenes footage and moving reflections alongside the essential silliness and gags that made Miranda so popular.

E4 acquires new comedy starring Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc (Credit: Channel 4/CBS)

Man With A Plan

Friends star Matt LeBlanc plays Adam, a father who is new to being a stay-at-home parent and quickly learns that parenting is far more demanding than he expected.

When his wife Andi (Liza Snyder) returns to work, Adam tries to keep the house in order but when his three children prove to be anything but little angels, he finds out he has his work cut out.

 

The cast of ITV2's Zomboat! discuss escaping a zombie apocalypse in Birmingham

Hamza Jeetooa, Cara Theobold, Adam Miller, Leah Brotherhead and Ryan McKen (Credit: Nick Robinson)

Jeetooa said: “If you messed up your line, the boat team had to get on and very slowly reverse the boat back to the starting spot. That’s the reverse of shame.”

The 69ft narrow boat, called Dorothy, is the fifth star of Zomboat!. It plays a vital role as the very slow means of escape for sisters Kat and Jo and friends Sunny (Jeetooa) and Amar when a zombie apocalypse breaks out in Birmingham.

Lee Mack leads new BBC Two sitcom Semi-Detached

Lee Mack in Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Credit: UKTV/Dave)

Semi-Detached follows Stuart (Mack), a failing wedding DJ whose life in suburbia spirals downhill.

Stuart’s hopes of a quiet life are crushed by his chaotic family including his much younger partner April (Ellie White) and their new-born baby, his law-breaking brother Charlie (Neil Fitzmaurice) and his drug-taking father, Willie (Clive Russell).

David Walliams heads to the seaside for new Gold comedy

David Walliams in Bear's Mission with David Walliams (Credit: ITV)

The three-part series follows Emily Verma (Dew), a 27-year-old living the high life in London after flying the nest from her seaside hometown, Sandylands.

When Emily hears her father Les Vegas (Bhaskar) is lost at sea, she returns to her childhood home and reconnects with her old best friend Tina (Harriet Webb) and quickly befriends her oddball next door neighbours Derek Swallows (Walliams) and his wife Jeannie (Sophie Thompson).

Channel 4 announces new comedy Lady Parts

Lady Parts (Credit: Channel 4)

Lady Parts follows geeky PHD student Amina Hussein as she is recruited to join a Muslim female punk band as the unlikely lead guitarist.

Front-woman of the band, Lady Parts, Saira spots something in Hussein that the other members of the band miss and, out of desperation to keep the student in the band, she uses Hussain’s search for a husband as leverage.

Offering to hook the student up on a series of dates, Hussein joins the band and quickly gets swept up in joyful, anarchic punk lifestyle.

Dad’s Army remake airs this month

Kevin R. McNally, Robert Bathurst, Kevin Eldon, David Hayman, Timothy West, Tom Rosenthal and Mathew Horne in Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes (Credit: UKTV/Gold)

To commemorate 50 years since the first broadcast of classic sitcom Dad’s Army, the three episodes lost from the BBC archive have been recreated for Gold.

The new episodes, written by David Croft and Jimmy Perry, continue from the original sitcom as bank manager-turned-squad leader Captain Mainwaring (Kevin R. McNally) takes command of a local group of Home Guards during the Second World War.

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back renewed for a second series

Joe Lycett (Credit: Channel 4)

The new eight-part series will see Lycett once again battle both national business and solo rogues to seek justice for wronged consumers. 

Lycett and his consumer sidekick and ‘technical assistant’ Mark Silcox will tackle everything from cowboy builders to email scammers.​

The first series saw Lycett take on giants such as Britannia Hotels and easyJet, and managed to change the policies of Uber Eats, SpareRoom and RBS.

Everyday customer service heroes were celebrated and people got thousands of pounds back.

Stath Lets Flats returns this month

Steven (Jimmy Roussounis), Vasos (Christos Stergioglou), Stath (Jamie Demetriou) and Sophie (Natasia Demetriou) (Credit: Channel 4)

The six-part series follows the world’s worst letting agent, Stath (Demetriou), as he struggles to deal with the takeover of his family’s business.

Now under the management of Stath’s nemesis, Julian (Dustin Demri-Burns), Michael & Eagle Lettings goes through some serious changes as Julian attempts to bring the agency into the digital age with a new promo for the company that leaves out Stath’s family.

Feeling left behind, Stath moves on from his ambitions of becoming a manager and sets out to make his own rival video.