E4 is enjoying its most successful year since it launched in January 2001. The number-one digital channel for 16 to 34s, it also currently shares top ranking with ITV2 as the most watched digital channel for all viewers. It plans to build on this success in 2007 by adding a number of brand new shows to its schedules.
Winter will see the launch of its first home-grown comedy drama series, Skins. The nine-parter follows the lives and loves of a group of 17-year-olds. Created and executive produced by Bryan Elsley (The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, 40, The Crow Road) and from Shameless producers Company Pictures, the series stars Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, Kidulthood).
Two home-grown comedy series launch on E4 in 2007. Dog Face (w/t) is a brand new character-based comedy sketch show from Objective Productions. The show stars a wealth of rising new comic talent including Matt King (Peep Show, Star Stories), Kevin Bishop (Star Stories), Jo Neary (Last Chancers), Catherine Shepherd (Peep Show) and Renton Skinner who will weekly grapple with despair, frustration, bitterness and anger.
The chances of picking up a prank phone call will increase in 2007 when Fonejacker is given free rein with his own series on E4 after his first appearance in Channel 4’s Comedy Lab earlier this year. The mystery hoaxer will be adopting a range of bizarre guises and ludicrous scams to delude and confuse anyone unlucky enough to be at the other end of the phone.
There will also be first look episodes of the US smash hit, Ugly Betty, which features Ashley (Extras) Jensen in a supporting role.