Joe Wilkinson

Alex Brooker to host Channel 4’s Hobby Man

Credit: Channel 4

During lockdown many people picked up new hobbies and gave more attention to old ones to keep them busy and active. 

The four-part series Hobby Man will follow Brooker as he partners up with some famous faces, including comedian, writer and actor Joe Wilkinson, TV personality Scarlett Moffat, Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas and celebrity chef Andi Oliver. 

Every episode will see Brooker and his celebrity friend try to master three hobbies, from the traditional to the more obscure. 

Gold commissions Isle of Wight comedy The Cockfields

Joe Wilkinson, Diane Morgan and Kim Cattrall star in The Cockfields (Credit: UKTV)

The 3x30’ series is written by David Earl and Joe Wilkinson, with Steve Bendelack (Little Britain, Friday Night Dinner) directing.

Wilkinson stars as Simon who is fast approaching 40. To celebrate the big birthday, Simon takes his girlfriend Donna (Morgan) home to the Isle of Wight for the first time, to mark the occasion back at the Cockfield family home.

The pair try to survive the long weekend as they share the house with Simon’s ever-doting mother Sue, (Sue Johnston) and controlling stepdad Ray (Bobby Ball).