Weekly Newsletter

Monday 28th October 2019

Read about the surprise return of Little Britain below. As we head into November this week, both Brexit and Halloween are rife...

Latest comedy news

Filming starts on Friday Night Dinner Series 6

Filming starts on Friday Night Dinner Series 6

Filming is now underway on the sixth series of Friday Night Dinner. Storylines will include Jim getting a new dog.

Little Britain to return for Brexit special

Little Britain to return for Brexit special

David Walliams and Matt Lucas have reunited to record a new Little Britain episode for Radio 4. The special will be themed around Brexit.

Comedians donate jokes to fundraising poster

Comedians donate jokes to fundraising poster

A number of comedians have donated jokes to a exclusive hand-pulled, screen-printed poster that has been made to raise money for Leicester Comedy Festival.

Rob Brydon to tour with his band in 2020

Rob Brydon to tour with his band in 2020

Rob Brydon is to tour a new show titled Songs and Stories in 2020. It will see him singing as well as performing stand-up.

Defending The Guilty Series 2 confirmed

Defending The Guilty Series 2 confirmed

BBC Two has ordered a second series of Defending The Guilty, the legal-based sitcom starring Will Sharpe and Katherine Parkinson.

Python special features revealed

Python special features revealed

A ream of special features - notably including never-before-seen cut-down and removed sketches - have been revealed for the upcoming restored Monty Python's Flying Circus 50th Anniversary Blu-ray and DVD releases.

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Features

Tony Robinson interview

Tony Robinson interview

Tony Robinson talks about those Blackadder reunion rumours, the next challenges he's looking for in his career, and why he enjoyed taking on a guest star role in tonight's Plebs.

Alexander Armstrong interview

Alexander Armstrong interview

Alexander Armstrong chats about his life, as he prepares to head out on tour with his brand new comedy show All Mouth And Some Trousers.

Kevin Smith gives the longest answer ever. And it's Marvellous

Kevin Smith gives the longest answer ever. And it's Marvellous

Indie auteur and podcast pioneer Kevin Smith is heading over for some live UK Q&As to promote his new movie, Jay And Silent Bob Reboot, so it's high time we aired his full 10-minute answer to our Stan Lee question a few months back. Strap in.

First Gig, Worst Gig: Olga Koch

First Gig, Worst Gig: Olga Koch

She asked for it, and we said 'er, could do?': Olga Koch belts out the first ever First Gig Worst Gig karaoke special.

British Comedy Quiz #73

British Comedy Quiz #73

What does Victor Meldrew mistakenly pick up instead of his telephone in One Foot In The Grave? That and other questions here.

Random 8: Suzi Ruffell

Random 8: Suzi Ruffell

Hat-based legislation, memorable dog-on-horse action and an unkind mouse: Suzi Ruffell takes the eight-question test.

BCG Pro

BCG Pro

We've just published great interview with the writers of BBC Wales comedy Tourist Trap for BCG Pro, our website featuring content and tools for those who write, perform and produce comedy.

Podcasts

Podcasts

The latest series of Do The Right Thing concludes with another great episode. Meanwhile Ed Gamble is on RHLSTP, and the new series of The Worst Writer in the World continues.

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Matt and Co gig

The National Autistic Society's Matt and Co Comedy Show is back for a second year. Join Matt Richardson on Monday 18 November at London's Union Chapel as he introduces Sara Pascoe, Angela Barnes, Cally Beaton, Bethany Black, Matt Forde, Ivo Graham, Zoe Lyons, Nish Kumar, Katie Mulgrew and Ashley Storrie. What a line-up! Info & Tickets

TV listings

Plebs

Plebs

Monday 10pm, ITV2

The boys begin an archaeological dig in their bar after Grumio unearths an old brooch while sitting on the toilet. Tony Robinson guest stars as an archaeologist.

Motherland

Motherland

Monday 10pm, BBC Two

A well-timed Halloween-themed episode. Kevin reluctantly hosts a last-minute party, and the trick-or-treating with the kids goes very wrong.

Dave Gorman: Terms And Conditions Apply

Dave Gorman: Terms And Conditions Apply

Monday 10pm, Dave

The host is joined by Jimmy Carr, Sophie Duker and Zoe Lyons to look at quirky things from TV, the internet and the world around us.

Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap

Monday 10:35pm, BBC One Wales

Series 2 of the mockumentary following the staff working to promote tourism in Wales. In this opener, everyone is gripped by Banksy fever following the discovery of his artwork in Port Talbot.

Zomboat!

Zomboat!

Tuesday 10pm, ITV2

Amar and Jo go to the supermarket where Jo used to work. Meanwhile Kat realises the canal is draining.

Your Face Or Mine

Your Face Or Mine

Wednesday 8pm, Comedy Central

From the TV show Ibiza Weekender, couple Jordan Davies and Isobel Mills put their relationship on display to win money for Mind charity.

Doc Martin

Doc Martin

Wednesday 9pm, ITV

The comedy drama continues with Martin and Louisa having their first fertility consultation with Dr Emma Ryder.

Taskmaster

Taskmaster

Wednesday 9pm, Dave

It's Episode 9, so there's not long left to collect points. The five comics go undercover as they try to impress Greg Davies with their attempts at high-level espionage.

Russell Howard & Mum

Russell Howard & Mum

Wednesday 10pm, Comedy Central

Chinese New Year is massive in Thailand and the Howards are get fully involved in the celebrations of the Year of the Dog.

In The Long Run

In The Long Run

Wednesday 10pm, Sky One

As the strike at the factory continues, money in the Easmon household is tight so Agnes begins to work for the local council.

Don't Hate The Playaz

Don't Hate The Playaz

Wednesday 10pm, ITV2

Maya Jama, Richard Blackwood and London Hughes go up against Lady Leshurr, Katherine Ryan and Fleur East in the latest episode.

Comedians Giving Lectures

Comedians Giving Lectures

Wednesday 10pm, Dave

Sara Pascoe is joined by Lolly Adefope, Nick Mohammed (as Mr Swallow) and Miles Jupp.

Not Going Out

Not Going Out

Wednesday 10:35pm, BBC One

A new special from Lee Mack's sitcom. Lee and Lucy take the children out trick-or-treating for Halloween, but the night soon turns disastrous.

Pants On Fire

Pants On Fire

Thursday 9pm, E4

This week Katherine Ryan and Maya Jama are the celebrity jury trying to work out which challenges were really completed.

There's Something About Movies

There's Something About Movies

Thursday 9pm, Sky One

Michael Sheen and Jennifer Saunders are joined by Hollywood star Brendan Fraser and British comedians Guz Khan and Kerry Godliman.

Celebrity Juice

Celebrity Juice

Thursday 10pm, ITV2

Paddy McGuinness, Anna Richardson, Will Mellor and Queer Eye's Tan France join Keith Lemon, Holly Willoughby and Mel B for a spooky special of the cheeky game show.

Frayed

Frayed

Thursday 10pm, Sky One

Sammy gets good news about her husband's estate. But as she plans their escape, things prove far more complicated than she imagined.

How Europe Stole My Mum

How Europe Stole My Mum

Thursday 11:05pm, Channel 4

One-off one-hour mockumentary about Brexit, starring Kieran Hodgson.

Still Open All Hours

Still Open All Hours

Friday 8pm, BBC One

Mrs Featherstone decides the time has come to learn to drive - if only she can find an instructor prepared to give her more than one lesson, and Kath organises a charity bring-and-buy sale.

Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

Friday 9pm, BBC One

This is going to be a tough one for the show... will Britain be in the EU or not, come Friday when this goes out? They're recording on Thursday night. Jo Brand hosts, with Zoe Lyons and Fintan O'Toole.

Would I Lie To You?

Would I Lie To You?

Friday 9:30pm, BBC One

Liz Carr, Miles Jupp, Samson Kayo and Anneka Rice are the guests joining Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Lee Mack this time.

Mock The Week

Mock The Week

Friday 10pm, BBC Two

The topical panel show is back in time to poke fun at the Brexit mess. Eshaan Akbar, Angela Barnes, Ed Gamble, Rhys James and Felicity Ward are the guests.

The Last Leg

The Last Leg

Friday 10pm, Channel 4

Adam Hills has said he won't shave his beard until Brexit happens... so he'll probably still be sporting that atrocious facial hair this week. Jimmy Carr is the guest.

The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

Friday 10:35pm, BBC One

Julie Andrews, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Ian McKellen are set to appear with Graham this Friday. That's not a line-up you can complain about.

Harry Hill's ClubNite

Harry Hill's ClubNite

Friday 11:05pm, Channel 4

More comedy acts. Most of them are not the sort you see on Live At The Apollo. This time Nick Mohammed, Judi Love, Tim Renkow, Lucy Pearman and Mat Ewins join the host.

The Jonathan Ross Show

The Jonathan Ross Show

Saturday 10:20pm, ITV

Aisling Bea is set to join Ross for a chat this weekend. Also: Trevor McDonald, Peter Crouch, model Jourdan Dunn and singers John Newman and Nina Nesbitt.

There wasn't room this week to feature everything new that'll be on TV. For a complete list of new broadcasts, including repeats and radio comedy too, see our full schedule.

Shop

Dad's Army - The Lost Episode

Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes

Pre-order. Blu-ray, DVD

Gold's acclaimed recreations of the three missing Dad's Army episodes now come to Blu-ray and DVD. Kevin McNally leads as Captain Mainwaring, with Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, Kevin Eldon as Lance Corporal Jones, David Hayman as Private Frazer, Mathew Horne as Private Walker, Timothy West as Private Godfrey and Tom Rosenthal as Private Pike.

Fans won't want to miss out on these excellently detailed, faithfully recreated programmes, plus extras including interviews and outtakes.

The Comic Strip Presents - Eat The Rich

The Comic Strip Presents - Eat The Rich

Out now. DVD

Eat The Rich is the 1987 black comedy film from the team behind the iconic Channel 4 satire The Comic Strip Presents....

The film stars Lanah Pellay, and Nosher Powell as the Home Secretary, and includes cameos from a number of well-known figures, including: Miranda Richardson and Nigel Planer as vile DHSS clerks, Robbie Coltrane, Rik Mayall as a union boss, Paul McCartney, Shane MacGowan, Jennifer Saunders, Jimmy Fagg, Kathy Burke, Koo Stark, Dawn French, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, Hugh Cornwell, Adrian Edmondson, Angela Bowie and Lemmy.

The Audiobook Of The Year 2019

The Audiobook Of The Year 2019

Pre-order. Audiobook

In a year when South Korea announced that its new robotics museum will be built by robots, and French cheese terrorists put a camembert through every French MP's letterbox, The Audiobook of the Year returns with another dose of barely believable yet bona fide facts and stories from the past 12 months. The standard printed version is also available.

Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection

Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection

Pre-order. Blu-ray

Every episode of the classic BBC BAFTA-winning sitcom, remastered and upscaled to high definition for the first time.

Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his 'little nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly, and Manuel, the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - Series One & Two Box Set

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - Series One & Two Box Set

Pre-order. DVD

The complete collection of the much-loved Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Series 1 and 2, is coming to DVD.

In this heart-warming series, following their life-changing heart surgeries, comedy legends and lifelong friends Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse embark on a relaxing yet epic journey around Britain, eating great food, discussing life and death, and attempting to catch some of the nation's iconic fish. Bob is a keen apprentice and eager to learn, while experienced angler Paul has his patience tested time and again as he tries to teach Bob the rules of the river.

Bird Island - The Complete Series 1-2

Bird Island - The Complete Series 1-2

Pre-order. Audiobook

On the one hand, Ben is on the trip of a lifetime to Sub-Antarctica. On the other, he's trapped in an icy hell with one other person, a dodgy internet connection and a dictaphone. Loneliness is something of a problem. His fellow travelling scientist Graham should alleviate this, but the tragi-comic fact is, they are nerdy blokes, so they can only stumble through yet another awkward exchange.

Starring Reece Shearsmith and Julian Rhind-Tutt, the series is written by current Taskmaster star Katy Wix.

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.

Comedy videos

The Spider House

The Spider House

Creator Katie Pritchard says: "Warning: This very poorly drawn music video is a true story of my first night at a new job where they'd put us all up in a house infested with spiders."

Personality Transplant

Personality Transplant

The first sketch from Channel 4's new Sparks initiative. Meet Ian, the man who received the world's first personality transplant.

Life Lessons - Why People Hate Vegans with Alfie Brown

Life Lessons - Why People Hate Vegans with Alfie Brown

Alfie Brown explains to a group of vegans how hypocritical he thinks they are.

Shaun The Sheep 2: Farmageddon - Lazy

Shaun The Sheep 2: Farmageddon - Lazy

The official lyric video of the song Lazy, made by Kylie Minogue and The Vaccines for the Farmageddon movie.

Bun in the Oven

Bun in the Oven

A wife regrets her surprise pregnancy announcement after her husband's reaction.

Anna's People

Anna's People

Check out this short special: Anna Mann hosts her own talk show, featuring special guest Shaun Williamson.

Rosie Tries To Help - Animals With Joel Dommett

Rosie Tries To Help - Animals With Joel Dommett

Rosie Jones is joined by fellow animal lover (and "filthy animal") Joel Dommett on her mission to help save the world's wildlife.

High Budget Boy

High Budget Boy

The latest music video from Archie Henderson. "Money is no object. Except when I objectify it baby!!!!"

Boris In the Forest

Boris In the Forest

A Halloween-based short film starring Mac McDonald (Captain Hollister in Red Dwarf). Merv is in London in search of the birthplace of his hero Boris Karloff, the iconic actor who portrayed Frankenstein's monster.

Spotlight

The Work Experience

The Work Experience

Broadcast on E4 back in 2012 was this one-series sitcom/prank show. Starring Ryan Sampson (Plebs' Grumio), Diane Morgan (Philomena Cunk), Sean Prower (Lead Balloon) and Kate Miles, each episode put two new, ambitious interns to work in London's most demanding office: the entirely fake fashion PR agency Grade. Mix the flamboyance and demands of high fashion with a (mock) doc camera crew and bewildered newcomers to a notoriously ruthless industry, and you end up with these six wild programmes. Find the complete series on All 4 now.

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