BBC angered by ITV panel show pilot

Friday 1st March 2013 @ 5:57pm

Have I Got News For You. Image shows from L to R: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton. Image credit: Hat Trick Productions.BBC executives are reportedly 'angered' that the production company behind Have I Got News For You (pictured) is now developing a topical panel format for ITV.

Hat Trick Productions, the independent outfit that devised and has produced all 44 series of HIGNFY, has created a new series for ITV1 called Good News, Bad News, a pilot for which was filmed on Tuesday.

Hosted by Jason Manford, the new show sees three guests from the world of comedy and entertainment dissecting and digesting the week's events "in a series of hilarious rounds".

With the help of the studio audience, the panellists then decide which of the week's events are 'Good News' and which are 'Bad News'. The guests who appeared in the pilot episode were Frank Skinner, Gabby Logan and Roisin Conaty.

Daily Mail reporter Dan Wootton wrote in his showbiz column: "For 23 years the BBC's Have I Got News For You has been the most popular weekly panel show on British television, with ITV failing to launch a successful competitor despite numerous attempts. But now a nasty war of words is developing after Hat Trick Productions - the independent producer of the BBC1 show run by comedian Jimmy Mulville - agreed to make a rival news panel series for ITV, angering some Beeb executives."

Wootton quotes a BBC source as saying: "It's understandable that ITV wants to try and make its own version of HIGNFY. But it's a bit of a low blow that Hat Trick has helped them do so. They're an indie producer so there are no rules against it, but it feels wrong and hasn't gone down well here."

Hat Trick told the Daily Mail that Good News, Bad News - should it be commissioned - wouldn't air in the same Friday night slot as Have I Got News For You, and argues the two shows are "significantly different".

Jimmy Mulville, Hat Trick's co-founder and Managing Director, who has acted as Executive Producer on much of HIGNFY, told Wootton: "People would say I'd lost my mind if I was going to make a show that would damage Have I Got News For You. It would be a ridiculous thing to do."

A further potential issue of contention is that both Frank Skinner and Gabby Logan are set to appear as regulars on I Love My Country, a panel show launching soon on BBC One.

Comedy Rocks With Jason Manford. Jason Manford. The recording of the Good News, Bad News pilot picked up an unusually large amount of media coverage as the recording took place on the evening that The Sun revealed details about host Jason Manford's private life. Writing on Facebook before the show started, the comic remarked: "Recording a topical news quiz show for itv today! That's the secret of comedy; timing!"

Good News, Bad News's development comes as ITV are gearing up the search for new comedy hits. A raft of pilot panel shows have been recorded in recent weeks - Battle Of The Ages, Chat Show Roulette, You Couldn't Make It Up and Oh What A Week! - whilst it has been confirmed that topical chat format That Sunday Night Show, hosted by Adrian Chiles, has been axed.

The network's only recent panel show success is Celebrity Juice, broadcast on digital channel ITV2. The programme, which celebrated its 100th episode last night at the start of its 9th series, continues to set high ratings. Overnight viewing figures saw the series pick up a larger audience than flagship channel ITV1, with an impressive 1.63 million viewers tuning in.

A comic game show from the same production team, Fake Reaction, finished last week having failed to achieve the same kind of audience figures, although it has proved popular enough that a second series is expected to be announced shortly.

Which - if any - of the numerous pilots ITV may commission is not expected to be announced for some time yet. Any series is likely to begin in the Autumn.

Meanwhile, Hat Trick Productions is also currently working on an entertainment format for Sky1. Help Me I'm Human is described as 'a smart and candid comedy chat show dedicated to helping us navigate our way through modern life', but was hugely derided after its pilot episode recording.

Have I Got News For You is due to return to BBC One for its 45th series on 5th April, in which it will pass the 400 episode mark.


Our Guide to 'Have I Got News For You'

 

Latest News

New quiz show pilot for Robert Webb

New quiz show pilot for Robert Webb

Robert Webb will host the pilot episode for a new quiz show, it has been announced.

Liam Mullone to present Radio 4 pilot of disappointment

Liam Mullone to present Radio 4 pilot of disappointment

Radio 4 is to pilot a new comedy "tackling the universal theme that sums up all human endeavour... disappointment", hosted by Liam Mullone.

Tom Rosenthal to host new social-media comedy pilot

Tom Rosenthal to host new social-media comedy pilot

Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal is to host a comedy pilot focusing on social media and our online behaviour.

Jason Manford to star in The Producers tour

Jason Manford to star in The Producers tour

Jason Manford is to star as Leo Bloom in the new UK tour of the hit Broadway musical The Producers.

Miranda Hart confirms an end to her hit sitcom

Miranda Hart confirms an end to her hit sitcom

Miranda Hart has confirmed that the upcoming two Christmas specials of her hit sitcom, Miranda, will be the show's finale.

Missing 'At Last The 1948 Show' episodes found

Missing 'At Last The 1948 Show' episodes found

Two previously missing episodes of pre-Monty Python sketch series At Last The 1948 Show have been discovered in the personal collection of Sir David Frost.

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.

The Tartan Special One

The Tartan Special One

Jocky the cult character from The Tartan Special One book offers his thoughts on Scotland having voted no. Read

Cofilmic 2014 winners

Cofilmic 2014 winners

Watch the winners of the Cofilmic Awards 2014 here, including This Glorious Monster and The Butcher. Watch

Live At The Apollo S10

Live At The Apollo S10

The full line-up of hosts and guests for the tenth series of Live At The Apollo, starting next month. Browse

The Lost Hancocks interview

The Lost Hancocks interview

Kevin McNally talks about taking on the role of legendary comedian Tony Hancock in The Missing Hancocks. Read

Jim Davidson competition

Jim Davidson competition

Win tickets to see Jim Davidson's stand-up show in London on Saturday 22nd of November. Enter

James Acaster interview

James Acaster interview

An interview with 'low energy' stand-up comedian James Acaster, who has been having a great year. Read

What's your rapper name?

What's your rapper name?

Find out what your rapper name is, via this tool designed by Curtis from TV sketch show Cardinal Burns. Try It

Clubbed To Death

Clubbed To Death

A funny satirical short story featuring the characters of new book Clubbed To Death reacting to a problem. Read

Stand-up course diary

Stand-up course diary

A blog from Craig Beadle discussing what caused him to decide to sign up to a stand-up course. Read