Dom Joly's Fool Britannia prank show gets second series

Wednesday 13th February 2013 @ 12:49pm

Fool Britannia. Dom Joly. Image credit: ITV Studios.Fool Britannia, the ITV prank show hosted by Dom Joly, has been given another series by the network.

The first series of Fool Britainna was shown in an early evening Saturday night slot on ITV1 in September and October 2012, attracting audiences of around 2 million an episode. The show was commissioned to help fill the schedule slot vacated by ratings-winner TV Burp.

Fool Britannia is a similar in format but more family-friendly in tone than anarchic 2000 to 2003 Channel 4 show Trigger Happy TV, which brought Joly to stardom.

In Fool Britannia, Joly plays a host of new characters including a jobsworth Health & Safety man, a vicar with delinquent tendencies, an un-helpful tourist information 'guru', a picky nightclub bouncer and a butcher on the lookout for new meat products.

Writing on Twitter last week, Joly said: "V excited re series 2 Fool Britannia - view series one as pilot..."

The show is made by ITV Studios, whose Director of Entertainment, Siobhan Greene, says: "We are thrilled to be working with Dom on a second series of Fool Britannia. Dom and the team are full of new characters and ideas, and we are so looking forward to building on what was done on the first series."

ITV's John Kaye Cooper adds: "We're delighted that Dom returns with Fool Britannia and his own blend of pranks and set-ups."

The re-commission of Fool Britainna is part of ITV's increased commitment in finding new long-running comedy formats for its flagship channel. The network has ordered a number of sitcoms, including job centre-based The Job Lot, and Vicious, a comedy in which Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen will play an elderly gay couple.

As reported last month, ITV has also ordered a number of panel show pilots, including Battle Of The Ages, Chat Show Roulette, Oh What A Week! and You Couldn't Make It Up.

Prank show formats are currently undergoing somewhat of a resurgence on British TV. 2012 saw new series such as Impractical Jokers and The Work Experience debut, whilst BBC One has recently begun showing Richard Hammond's Secret Service. Additionally, BBC Three has just renewed political stunt show The Revolution Will Be Televised, and ITV is working on Off Their Rockers, a prank show starring pensioners which is based on a hit Belgian format.

Meanwhile, Sky1 appears to have shelved its own prank show, That Hidden Camera Family. The format had originally been due to begin airing late in 2011, but has yet to see a single episode broadcast.

The six-part second series of Fool Britannia will be shown on ITV's flagship channel later in the year.

Below is a clip from the first series in which Joly plays The ASBO Vicar, a polite church man who goes from being charming to dangerous in the blink of an eye:


Our Guide to 'Fool Britannia'

 

Latest News

Dave orders a second series of Ross Noble Freewheeling

Dave orders a second series of Ross Noble Freewheeling

Ross Noble Freewheeling, the improvised comedy series which sees stand-up comedian Ross Noble travelling the UK, is to return to channel Dave.

Frankie Boyle to star in wildlife documentary sitcom pilot

Frankie Boyle to star in wildlife documentary sitcom pilot

Frankie Boyle is amongst the stars talking part in a read-through for Wild Life, a new sitcom pilot about a TV documentary crew that is aiming to film wolves in Sweden.

British Forces Broadcasting Service launches sketch show

British Forces Broadcasting Service launches sketch show

BFBS Radio, the station set up to broadcast to British armed forces around the world, is launching a new sketch show called Damn The Torpedoes!.

BBC orders a second series of Michael McIntyre's Chat Show

BBC orders a second series of Michael McIntyre's Chat Show

The BBC has ordered a second series of Michael McIntyre's chat show. The stand-up comedian will return to BBC One later in the year for more episodes.

Comedy Blaps: Roisin Conaty, Liam Williams and Pond launch

Comedy Blaps: Roisin Conaty, Liam Williams and Pond launch

Channel 4 has launched three more mini-series on the internet under its Comedy Blaps branding. The shows star Roisin Conaty, Liam Williams and Rufus Jones.

Russell Kane to host viral videos pilot

Russell Kane to host viral videos pilot

Russell Kane is to host Vidiots, a panel show pilot in which comedians compete to present the best viral video clips from around the world.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.

Chris Addison podcast

Chris Addison podcast

A podcast in which Chris Addison talks about his career, and how they made the new sitcom Trying Again. Listen

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis introduces Sniggers With Attitude, the sketch show he has made for TV channel London Live. Read

TV Comedy Preview

TV Comedy Preview

A panel show celebrating BBC Two, and a sketch show pilot called Sniggers With Attitude are amongst our picks. Read

Al Murray's new tour

Al Murray's new tour

Al Murray has announced a new Pub Landlord UK tour titled One Man, One Guvnor: 20 years at the lager top. Read

Underbelly Festival returns

Underbelly Festival returns

The Udderbelly Festival is back on London's Southbank until the 13th July. Lots of comedy on offer. Read

Want Doc Brown as a mentor?

Want Doc Brown as a mentor?

Comedian Doc Brown will be offering free mentorship and career guidance via the Noise Festival website. Info

Tommy Cooper drama photos

Tommy Cooper drama photos

Photos from ITV's new drama focusing on Tommy Cooper. The comic is portrayed by David Threlfall. View