Comedy

Will politics ignite a new golden age of TV satire?

The disruptive, combative political landscape created by Brexit and the election of Donald Trump is, on the face of it, a gift for UK television satirists and their venerable tradition of biting and often brutal parody.

While Theresa May’s blandness may do little to whet a satirist’s appetite, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage bring larger-than-life personas to Brexit. And Trump is, well, Trump.

Tea Break Tips: Building a career in comedy with Lolly Adefope

She has been making waves on the comedy circuit taking her exaggerated characterisation and relatable comedic humour to the Soho Theatre in her show Lolly 2.

The comedian, who specialises in character comedy, has made a number of appearances as a comedy actor in shows including RoversPlebs and Sicknote

Her latest TV project sees her alongside fellow comedians Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Dave's comedy panel show Taskmaster.

Sky 1 exclusives of Bounty Hunters and season two of Delicious

Jack Whitehall and Rosie Perez (Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump) will pair up in new action comedy Bounty Hunters.

Uptight Brit Barnaby Walker (Whitehall) is sorting out his family’s antique business after his father is hospitalised following a mysterious accident. He unwittingly buys a blood antiquity looted from the Middle East, and as a result sets off a chain of events that he is evidently not trained or prepared for.

BBC Studios partners with Amazon for comedy series Good Omens

On the eve of the Apocalypse, the Antichrist goes missing.

Good Omens is a humorous depiction of the Apocalypse and a modern day world where everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon - both of whom have lived among Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle - are not actually looking forward to the coming war.

BBC commissions Luisa Omielan's stand-up show What Would Beyoncé Do?!

Teaming up with King Bert Productions, this will be Omielan's first stand-up television debut and it will be filmed in front of a live audience at the Clapham Grand on January 19

She originally debuted this show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since built up a big following, with critically acclaimed and sell-out shows, such as Am I Right Ladies?!.

Chewing Gum returns for second series

Written, produced and created by RTS Breakthrough actress Michaela Coel, who also stars in the series as Tracey, is back for a brand-new series on E4.

Chewing Gum follows religious, Beyonce-obsessed 24-year-old Tracey Gordon who is determined to find out about the world and herself. We last saw Tracey at the end of series one having been thrown out of her home, along with her ex-boyfriend Connor having lost his job and her sister Cynthia's wedding day ending in an absolute disaster.

BBC One commission comedy Home from Home for a full series

The show originally aired as a pilot as part of the Landmark Sitcom Season in August on BBC Two.

The comedy sees Neil Hackett (Vegas) and his wife Fiona (Joanna Page) achieve their life-long dream of buying a lodge in the Lake District.

However, their happiness is short-lived when they meet their neighbours, The Dillons, played by Adam Jones and Emilia Fox.

The entire cast are set to return for the full series, which will go into production next year.

Russell Howard launches brand new show with Sky 1

The weekly series will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and is part of a two year deal with Sky 1.

The show will air late next year following the comedian’s stand-up world tour, which runs between February and July 2017.

Avalon Television, the production company behind Russell Howard’s Good News, will produce the 14 part series.

Have you met Miss Jones?

“When I meet someone their first emotion is to shit themselves because they’re like ‘Is she drunk? Is she mental? What is she saying?’ I love that because I can think, right, I am going to prove you wrong!” she says.

Rosie has recently come back from the Funny Women awards where she reached the final with the support of her mentor, stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe. “It was only my tenth ever gig” she recalls. “I performed to about 800 people. That’s my biggest audience by about 780 people…”