America to pilot HIGNFY
Jimmy Mulville, the boss of independent production company Hat Trick, has revealed via Twitter that his company is working on piloting Have I Got News For You in America.
Mulville posted the following message on the social networking website: "Off to New York today to cast the pilot of an American version of Have I Got News For You. Any ideas gratefully received."
Unlike the UK where it is one of the most prevalent and popular forms of TV comedy, the panel show format is currently almost non-existant in the US. Topical satire on American TV is more commonly delivered in a scripted format via programmes like The Daily Show. Thus, it remains to be seen whether HIGNFY will work in the States. It should be noted Hat Trick does have some experience of exporting formats - in the 1990s they exported Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which became a big hit for the ABC network.
The UK version of Have I Got News For You returns to BBC1 on the 16th October 2009. Free Tickets
Jason Manford is to star as Leo Bloom in the new UK tour of the hit Broadway musical The Producers.
Miranda Hart has confirmed that the upcoming two Christmas specials of her hit sitcom, Miranda, will be the show's finale.
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.
Journalist and Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark will host a new Radio 4 sketch show skewering the possibilities of the future.
The hit stage show Still Game Live, based on the BBC Scotland sitcom, will be broadcast on television next month.
Series production has commenced on Brotherhood, Comedy Central UK's first studio audience sitcom. Johnny Flynn and Ben Ashenden star.