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The team behind hit Channel 4 chat show The Last Leg may play some live dates later this year.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 24th February 2014

Adam Hills, Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker return for a new series of the enjoyable if slightly vague weekly round-up show. It all went a bit good-natured Top Gear when London 2012 finished. Finally, they have the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to look forward to, giving proceedings a renewed sports focus. Hills and co should also include a weekly "gay propaganda" item to make up for the shortfall created by Russia's legislation. It's only fair. Elsewhere, Brooker continues on his quest to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 31st January 2014

This is the show that started out as a late-night sidebar to the 2012 Paralympics and proved so popular it took on a life of its own.

This is also the show that says it's OK laugh at disability provided, that is, those jokes are made within the parameters of a fiendishly sensitive, unwritten set of rules with question one being: "Are you Frankie Boyle?" And question two being: "Is your name Jim Davidson?"

As a rule of thumb, if you can count up to 20 using your fingers and toes, don't even think about trying to join in yourself.

With regular panellist Alex Brooker out in Austria presenting The Jump, comedian Micky Flanagan joins host Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe for the start of the new series.

Last year, Adam ­memorably remarked: "Getting angry at Jim Davidson because he doesn't know how to talk about disability is like getting angry at a dog for not knowing how to use the internet." There's a good chance the show might work up a nice head of steam about Davidson winning Celebrity Big Brother.

Jane Simon, The Mirror, 31st January 2014

Adam Hills talks 'taches, TV stars and why he's joining the hairy masses in the month of Movember.

Written by Adam Hills. The Big Issue, 19th November 2013

Alex Brooker, one of the three presenters of Channel 4's The Last Leg, speaks to Ouch.

BBC Ouch, 15th October 2013

British Paralympic gold medallist and double leg amputee, Richard Whitehead MBE played the first ever game of moving movie charades with The Last Leg presenters re-enacting famous film scenes.

Channel 4, 19th September 2013

The comedian co-presenters of The Last Leg chat to one another about shifting from Paralympics highlights show to primetime weekly news round-up.

Time Out, 3rd September 2013

'Save the Badger Badger Badger' has reached as high as number 39 at the time of writing (August 30).

Written by Tim Eames. Digital Spy, 30th August 2013

This news-comedy show was the unexpected star of the 2012 Paralympic Games: led by comedian Adam Hills, its irreverent round-up of the day's events won a following all of its own. So much so that it came back earlier this year, not to comment on sport but simply on the week's news. That's a crowded marketplace, in which The Last Leg has found a niche.

Along with the wry, sideways, irreverent looks at some of the quirkier stories you might have missed, there's a convivial and inclusive atmosphere that softens the sharpness of the gags - the first 2013 series was best known for a piece to camera in which Adam Hills eviscerated US comedian Joan Rivers, but he was doing it because Rivers had made fat gags about Adele. That's The Last Leg all over: right-on, usually spot-on and brightly funny.

Hills is flanked by co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. Tonight's guest: Russell Brand.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 31st July 2013

A new series of The Last Leg with genial hosts Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. As per the show's remit, they will be discussing and trading witticisms over the past seven days' news. There will also be the usual studio challenges, along with the latest details of Brooker's quest to get himself into the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. This is followed by My Perfect Body, in which Brooker aims to lose 2st and gain a six-pack, while looking at the thorny issue of body image among men.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 31st July 2013

Enough of the try-hard 'casual' pictures - it's time we reclaimed our own image. Show us your real self: on the sofa, in your tracksuit.

Written by Adam Hills. The Guardian, 17th July 2013

One of those most surprised by The Last Leg's recent return and continued success of the series is Josh Widdicombe, the fast-rising comedian who has previously dabbled in sports writing for a broadsheet.

Written by David Owens. Wales Online, 5th April 2013

The comedian, 42, on sandals, politeness and being disabled.

Written by Tim Lewis. The Observer, 23rd February 2013

This news-comedy show was the unexpected star of the 2012 Paralympic Games: led by comedian Adam Hills, its irreverent round-up of the day's events won a following all of its own. So much so that it's now back, not to comment on sport but simply on the week's news. That's a crowded marketplace in which The Last Leg has found a niche: along with the wry, sideways look at some of the quirkier stories you might have missed, there' a convivial, inclusive atmosphere that softens the sharpness of the gags.

The Radio Times, 16th February 2013

Adam Hills is the comedian with one foot whom David Cameron and Samantha Cameron like to watch while in bed.

Written by Bryony Gordon. The Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2013

Another entertaining alternative review of the week with the team behind the popular Paralympics comedy round-up. Comedians Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe are joined by guests who have been in the news this week, plus there are live studio challenges and sports reporter Alex Brooker gives us another update on his continuing quest to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Gerard O'Donovan, The Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2013

Having become something of a success during the Paralympics last year, Channel 4 has brought back this live chat show looking at the week's events - and trying to ask questions no-one else would.

Hosted by Adam Hills (disabled - one foot), and featuring contributions from Josh Widdicombe (not disabled) and sports journalist Alex Brooker (disabled - one leg, hand deformities), The Last Leg features interviews with guests (this week it's actor Idris Elba - not disabled), as well as topical discussion.

However, the main feature is the contributions from online, especially under the Twitter hashtag #IsItOk, where people are encouraged to ask more uncomfortable and difficult questions, without fear of judgement. In this case I would like to ask my own question: #IsItOk that the mentally disabled get so much less TV coverage than the physically disabled?

I ask this because I'm disabled myself, but my disability is Asperger's syndrome. It's something I have written about before but I'm willing to bring it up again; the only disabled people you ever see on TV are those who look different, whether it's in terms of their appearance (e.g. missing limbs) or whether have to use some form of equipment (e.g. artificial feet). If you're disabled but look perfectly normal - because the part of you that's been affected is your brain, like mine is - then you might as well forget getting any coverage.

Over the next few days the Winter Special Olympics, which are the games for the mentally disabled, will be held in South Korea. The amount of coverage being given to it is minimal. The British have got seven alpine skiers going to the games, but will we see their efforts on national television? I somehow doubt we will. I fear that the names Wayne McCarthy, Jane Andrews, Mikael Undrom, Elizabeth Allen, Luke Purdie, Clare Lines and Robert Holden will not be remembered, or even acknowledged by most people.

However, for what it does, The Last Leg seems to cover most things rather well. My main problem, other than what I have already mentioned, is that half-an-hour seems too short. A live show like this needs more airtime to get comfortable.

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 28th January 2013

Presenter Alex Brooker, 28, helped make history with Paralympics comedy show The Last Leg. A new series starts tonight.

Written by Andrew Williams. Metro, 25th January 2013

Digital Spy caught up with Adam Hills ahead of The Last Leg's return to talk about whether the Paralympics really had a lasting legacy, his worst ever heckles, and if he finds Frankie Boyle offensive.

Written by Alex Fletcher. Digital Spy, 25th January 2013

Adam Hills was one of the Paralympics' more unlikely stars, widely praised for his comic yet pointed take on the Games. So much so that this new series sees him being offered the chance to widen his brief: tonight, he'll return alongside regular sidekicks Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to cast his eye over the last seven days of news. Expect regular updates, too, on Brooker's quest to participate in the Rio Paralympics. Well, as Games aftermaths go, it'll surely have more to recommend it than Tom Daley's Splash - Idris Elba, for one, who is the guest for tonight's opening edition.

Phil Harrison, Time Out, 25th January 2013

There were many triumphs of the sporting summer but one of the less trumpeted was Channel 4's late-night Paralympic chat show. Free-wheeling and sparky, it felt like a new, relaxed angle on the comedy "gang show", with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker backing up suave Australian host Adam Hills. Their reward is a series of non-Paralympic, Friday-night slots in which to "celebrate all that is best about Britain". And of course they'll still be asking their fateful, PC-skirting question, "Is it OK..?"

David Butcher, Radio Times, 25th January 2013

This comedy chat show first saw the light of day as a cheeky late-night companion to the Paralympics last summer. Hosted by Australian stand-up Adam Hills, flanked by comedian Josh Widdicombe and presenter Alex Brooker - and tonight joined by Luther star Idris Elba as a special guest - the show boldly bowls into territory the PC police would declare off limits as it reviews the week's events. During the Paralympics, Hills and co dared to treat competitors as real people rather than brave saints and they encouraged viewers to join in - the show's Twitter hashtag #isitok is still live, so expect to see photos of Paralympic snowmen for openers.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 25th January 2013

Comic Adam Hills says last year's Paralympics helped change perceptions of disabled people.

Written by Nadia Brooks. The Sun, 25th January 2013

Comedian Josh Widdicombe talks to Rupert Hawksley about the new series of The Last Leg, disability . . . and Nick Clegg

Written by Rupert Hawksley. The Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2013

Their naughty nightly chat show during the Paralympic Games deservedly became a cult hit. Now likeable Australian stand-up Adam Hills and his two sidekicks, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, present this weekly live review of the past seven days. Joining them on their opening show is actor Idris Elba.

Michael Hogan, The Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2013

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