Joe Lycett

BBC Arts announces new show fronted by Joe Lycett

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The programme will meet artists who create work across different disciplines and delve into why they love their craft so much. 

Lycett meets artists who have submitted their work to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022, which is the largest open entry art competition.

Lycett is known for his comedic exploits, but in 2018 submitted a small sculpture called 'Chris' to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.    

Judges loved 'Chris', who was made out of clay and a tub of Pringles, and was displayed in the 2018 show.

Joe Lycett on Travel Man, being a champion of consumer rights and the infamous Sue Gray report

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As the host of comedy consumer affairs series Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, the comedian has campaigned on the behalf of many viewers, taking on big corporations and small-time fraudsters. “For me, it’s as much about the adrenaline rush of being like ‘I’ve got the bastards’ as opposed to any altruistic motivation,” he admits. 

Reflecting on the show’s conception, Lycett explains, “it sort of happened by accident and came out of the email correspondence I was doing in my stand up.”

Channel 4 announces LIVE Joe Lycett: Mummy’s Big Christmas Do

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Back in his hometown Lycett will host a one-off big queer Christmas party, which will celebrate the return of Christmas in Lycett’s own unique way.

There will be plenty of Lycett’s trademark wit, tinsel and Christmas spirit. 

The special will include famous guests, musical performances, stand-up comedy and will celebrate all things queer. 

However, the main focus will be on the guests who will be comprised of LGBTQ+ icons, allies and local heroes.

Viewers will also get to see another side of Birmingham, filled with fun games, twists and turns. 

Joe Lycett to tackle greenwashing for Channel 4

Having previously fought for the rights of consumers in Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, Lycett will now confront the companies exaggerating their environmental credentials for marketing purposes.

The film will air ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, which starts on 31st October 2021.

Lycett will focus on the energy giant Shell and their marketing as they continue to search for new oil reserves.

Joe Lycett to present UK’s largest ever live life drawing masterclass for BBC Two

Following the success of the programmes in 2020, with 30,000 viewers sending in their artworks from home, this new two-hour special will be broadcast live across BBC Two and BBC Four from English Heritage’s Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.

Life models will disrobe and assume poses inspired by great works of art for the amateur artists on set, and those at home, to draw.

The extraordinary Joe Lycett

Warm, witty and occasionally waspish, Joe Lycett is just the man to keep us entertained during lockdown. It’s fortunate, then, that he is presenting two lengthy prime-time TV series, with another on the way. And after a whirlwind few months making them, Lycett – while mindful of the suffering that Covid-19 has brought many – concludes that the new normal has been beneficial to his mental health.

Grayson Perry to host Channel 4’s Grayson’s Art Club

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Grayson’s Art Club will take viewers on an artistic journey to help ease the boredom of lockdown.

Each episode will have a theme and the series will include tips on how to take that first step into the art world, offer creative inspiration and show viewers how to have fun and create an artistic mess.

For each theme, Grayson will ask viewers to send in their creations, along with celebrity guests who will also be making their own artwork, with surprising results.

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

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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.