Comedy

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…”

ITV announces plans to launch The Nightly Show

David Walliams, Lip Sync Battle, UK, Mel B, Professor Green

The 30-minute weeknight entertainment show will air at 10pm for five nights of the week, shifting ITV News at Ten to the later slot of 10.30pm in a move to draw a late night audience. 

The Nightly Show will incorporate aspects of the popular American talk show format mixed with British comedy panel shows and include a topical monologue, celebrity guests and studio games.

The show will have a variety of celebrity hosts for each week, with comedian and presenter David Walliams confirmed as the guest host for the first week of the series.

BBC commissions three Landmark Sitcoms

A Brief History of Tim, Motherland, and Porridge will all return to television with a full series. Each programme was piloted as part of the BBC's celebration of 60 years of the sitcom, marking the anniversary of the first TV episode of Hancock's Half Hour.

Porridge was brought back by the creative time behind the original 1974 sitcom of the same name. A reimagining of the BBC One favourite, the new Porridge stars Kevin Bishop as the cyber criminal grandson of Ronnie Barker's iconic inmate Fletcher.

Sky reveal first look at Stephen Fry’s new Yonderland character

A still from the third series of Yonderland (Credit: Sky)

Sky 1 has released a trailer for family-friendly comedy Yonderland, which contains the first footage of Stephen Fry’s new character, Cuddly Dick.

The programme is set in a magical, madcap world populated by wizards and elves.

Cuddly Dick is a former elder who returns to Yonderland having been imprisoned for years by the now-dead Imperatrix.

Cuddly Dick is a charming eccentric who lives to spread love and kindness.

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Hooten and the Lady confront hair-raising obstacles as they travel the globe in search of hidden treasures (Credit: Sky)

Monday

Celebrity Home Secrets

ITV, 8pm


Janet Street Porter (Credit: ITV)

In this show, famous faces revisit their former homes to share memories and secrets from when they lived there.

This week we get an insight into the colourful life of Janet Street Porter as we look back at her various homes, including the ‘castle’ she built in the middle of London.

How to get started in TV comedy

Funny ha ha? The serious business of working in TV comedy” offered invaluable advice to an audience of wannabe comedy producers and writers. The panellists, expertly chaired by Rick Edwards, the writer and presenter of ITV2 panel show Safeword, demonstrated that there are many routes into the genre.

BBC Comedy head of talent Daniell Morrisey started out in TV as a trainee floor manager on BBC One drama Casualty. He recalled this being “a massive baptism of fire at the age of 20”.