The Last Leg

The Last Leg returns for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Credit: Channel 4

After the pandemic delayed the Tokyo Paralympic Games for a year, Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe will present The Last Leg of Tokyo live every day at 10pm on Channel 4.

The trio will report from the BT Studios in the heart of the London Olympic Village in Stratford, discussing the biggest news and sporting stories of the day. 

Comedian Rosie Jones, who originally started her TV career as a researcher for The Last Leg during the 2016 Paralympic Games, will act as a roving reporter. 

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair to appear on The Last Leg: Re-United Kingdom

The Last Leg’s Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe star alongside Tony Blair in the comedy sketch that pokes fun at the three hosts.

‘The Lift Reconciliation’ shows the three comedians bickering over their ‘host’ titles in a lift with a man reading a file of documents.

The trio are soon interrupted by the man, who is revealed to be the former prime minister, who instructs the men to put aside their differences and unite for the celebratory show.

TV must do more to back disabled talent

Channel 4’s coverage of the 2012 London Paralympics was a big moment in British TV. For the first time, audiences saw disabled athletes as glamorous role models participating in a high-profile showcase. At a stroke, Channel 4 put the Paralympics on the map, after more than half a century of obscurity.

But, in the past four and a half years, have our broadcasters begun to fulfil the promise of the Paralympics in the representation of disabled people on TV – or are those with disabilities still being marginalised and stereotyped?

Where have all the disabled people gone?

Adam Hills, Rosie Jones and Shannon Murray (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

That was the sobering conclusion from an RTS early evening event, Where Have All the Disabled People Gone?

Paradoxically the discussion was full of laughter and sly wit, not least from chair, the journalist and presenter Ade Adepitan.     

A panel of disabled men and women who work in TV and media told the audience of their experiences trying to make a living in TV.

The Last Leg: "People are looking for some sort of levity"

The Last Leg, Adam Hills, Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicome

TFI Friday for the Brexit era” chimes in his co-star Alex Brooker.

“I think we’re a version of [Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah’s] The Daily Show for a country that has a pub culture” suggests Adam Hills, the host of the Channel 4 show.

The Last Leg launched during the 2012 Paralympic Games as a comedy breakdown of the day’s sporting highlights.