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Inside King Gary series two

It’s been a year since we saw “geezer diva” Gary King (played by co-creator and co-writer Tom Davis) attempt to take over his father’s building business and stay a doting father and loving partner, all the while appointing himself as the central figure of Butterchurn Crescent.

Centred on an alpha male who lacks the alpha-ness the role requires, the layered sitcom spoke volumes about modern-day masculinity, the working class, new money and family dynamics.

Comfort Classic: The Young Ones

Few TV shows are held responsible for blowing apart the genre they belong to, but that was the legacy of The Young Ones. The incendiary BBC Two sitcom redefined the parameters of comedy by making an embarrassment out of elements of the genteel English suburban sitcom, exemplified by The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles.

From now on, thanks to The Young Ones, sitcom could sit squarely at the heart of youth culture, while those tuxedoed comics who had built their routines on jokes about mothers-in-law found themselves beyond the pale.

Channel 4 announces new sitcom from the creator of Friday Night Dinner

I Hate You sees two twenty-somethings, Charlie (Sex Education’s Tanya Reynolds) and Becca (Melissa Saint), navigate their complicated friendship in today’s complicated world.

The pair have the definition of a love-hate relationship, one minute revelling in their in-jokes, the next bickering deep into the night.

Perhaps because the two are opposites. Charlie’s an anxious misanthrope whose room is ‘shittery’, while Becca is a little too confident and impulsive, but whose room is spotless.

Gold announces new special The Vicar of Dibley: Inside Out

Richard Curtis and Dawn French (Credit: UKTV)

The documentary will reveal never-before-seen footage of rehearsals and what really occurred behind the scenes. 

Produced by Expectation, the special will see Dawn French and Richard Curtis partner talk about their favourite moments from the sitcom with writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, producer Jon Plowman and James Fleet, who played Hugo Horton, and guest stars such as Hugh Bonneville, Kylie and Joanna Lumley. 

Dawn French commented: “It was a total treat to revisit such a happy place and time for this documentary. Part of my heart is still, and forever will be in Dibley.”

Top 10 Halloween sitcom specials

Community

Epidemiology

S2 E6

Unsurprisingly, judging by its name, Epidemiology reads like a pandemic prophecy.

The annual Greendale Community College Halloween party is in full swing and the goers are feasting on the old military rations Dean Pelton bought at an army surplus store for the buffet. But soon a severe sickness starts to spread, leading the study group and Doctor Rich to wonder: is it just food poisoning, or something a lot spookier?

Miriam Margolyes, Julia Deakin and Simon Day join the cast of The Windsors

Harry Enfield, Haydn Gwynne, Julia Deakin and Simon Day (Credit: Channel 4)

Wills (Hugh Skinner) will face a dilemma when Charles (Harry Enfield) and the older royals go on strike and Wills is pressured to join them.

Struggling to make a decision, Wills seeks advice from a portrait of Queen Victoria (Miriam Margolyes) who tries to help and guide him.

Charles and Camilla (Haydn Gwynne) make a reluctant trip to visit Carole (Julia Deakin) and Mike Middleton (Simon Day) along with Wills and Kate (Louise Ford), but fear for their lives when Charles believes he hears Mike threatening to chop of his and Camilla’s heads.

New BBC Three sitcom Starstruck announced

Rose Matafeo (Credit: BBC)

Starstruck follows Rose (Matafeo), a twenty-something millennial living in London struggling to juggle two dead-end jobs to make ends meet.

An awkward morning-after-the-night-before is made even worse when she discovers she has accidentally slept with a film star, setting in motion a series of complications she could never have imagined.

Matafeo is a comedian and actress who won the Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018 for her solo show, Horndog

Lenny Henry documentary, Race Through Comedy, coming to Gold

Lenny Henry (Credit: UKTV)

Lenny Henry’s Race Through Comedy, will chronicle and celebrate British TV comedy over the years and focus on iconic shows that have highlighted Britain’s mix of multiculturalism.

Henry is a fellow of the RTS and has previously been recognised for his work in helping to raise awareness of issues surrounding diversity within the television industry. 

Cold Feet to return to ITV

Pete (John Thomson), Karen (Hermione Norris), Adam (James Nesbitt), David (Robert Bathurst) and Jenny (Fay Ripley) (Credit: ITV)

The six-part series will pick up after the end of series eight, where Jenny (Fay Ripley) prepared herself for the rest of her cancer treatment with husband Pete (John Thomson) by her side.

David (Robert Bathurst) was slowly rebuilding his life after becoming homeless, while Adam (James Nesbitt) and Karen (Hermione Norris) were coming to terms with their new romantic relationship and the impact it had on the rest of the group.