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Sky Arts reveals Halloween shorts

Thursday 29th September 2016, 5:23pm

Sky Arts Halloween Comedy Shorts

Sky Arts has unveiled its latest batch of comedy shorts.

The Halloween-themed stories have been penned by Jamie Demetriou, Jayde Adams, Steen Raskopoulos, Guz Khan and Kiri Pritchard-McLean. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace star Matt Holness has also penned an episode, as have stand-up stars Jason Manford and Ross Noble.

This new series, which will be available on-demand to Sky customers from Friday 21st October, and then screened on Sky Arts at a later date, follows on from the channel's two previous seasons, Sky Arts Comedy Shorts: In Ireland and Sky Comedy Christmas Shorts.

Sky's Head of Comedy Jon Montague said: "Sky Comedy is literally thrilled (and a little bit frightened) to be working with such scarily talented comic voices on our Halloween/Horror season on demand.

"To attract talent as diverse as Jason Manford to Guz Khan, Ross Noble to Kiri Pritchard-McLean, and the legendary Matt Holness to hotshots Jayde Adams, Jamie Demetriou and Steen Raskopoulos is a ringing endorsement for our Comedy Shorts. They have proved to be such a hit with customers, we're giving them more. Plenty of treats, and one or two tricks."

Here is a full list of the episodes.

Jason Manford

Jason Manford's Horror: That's The Spirit

The tale of two teenagers who play with a ouija board to contact the dead. But when their parents catch them, the whole family are in for a shock.

Starring alongside Jason Manford in this short are Rebecca Callard, Imogen Gurney and Brenock O'Connor.

Ross Noble

Ross Noble's Horror: The Catchment

A couple move into a house to be in the catchment area of a good school for their unborn children. But... there's a catch.

Joining Ross Noble, who is taking on his first film directing role here, are Shauna Macdonald, Cariad Lloyd, Richard Herring and Suki Webster.

Jayde Adams. Copyright: KT Watson

Jayde Adams's Horror: Bloody Tracy

Why is it that paranormal phenomena only occur in creepy-looking buildings? Why are ghosts always in conveniently scary places, like at the ends of beds? The top of stairs? If ghosts are real, why don't they appear in normal places? Like supermarkets. Meet Tracy - or in actual fact 'Bloody Tracy' - the supermarket ghost.

Jayde Adams is joined on screen by Mark Davidson, Joe Davies, Gabby Best and Spencer Jones.

Jamie Demetriou

Jamie Demetriou's Horror: Oh God

A contemporary, Kaufman-esque take on a classic sci-fi/horror premise - body mutation. Oh God is a surreal, harrowing story set in a mundane blueish-grey world of a normal lad in his mid-to-late 20s who is gradually, but unequivocally, turning into a car.

Supporting Jamie Demetriou are Ben Ashenden, and fellow 2016: Year Friends stars Ellie White, Natasia Demetriou, Arnab Chandra and Liam Williams.

Matthew Holness

Matt Holness's Horror: Smutch

Oswin Thaddeus Tow, an embittered middle-aged writer, is haunted by a "ghost writer" in this mini-Hammer/Amicus horror film parody.

Matt Holness is joined by Yonderland star Jim Howick and Welsh actor Clive Merrison.

Guz Khan

Guz Khan's Horror: Frightbusters

Stoned conspiracy theorists, Bongs and Ali, appear on a paranormal YouTube show to reveal their encounters with the paranormal and uncover the secret white demonic elite ruling the world.

Guz Khan plays Bongs, whilst Sunil Patel is Ali. Also appearing in the short are Alex Macqueen and Tom Palmer.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Kiri Pritchard-McLean's Horror- I've Got Your Number

Everyone has accidentally sent a text message to the wrong person and everyone has received a message that wasn't meant for them. Not everyone has replied to that message, just for a laugh. Kiri has though. Several times a day she chats to a complete stranger. But slowly what started as a bit of fun takes a very sinister turn.

I've Got Your Number stars Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Jordan Brookes and Paul G Raymond.

Steen Raskopoulos

Steen Raskopoulos's Horror: Scare BnB

Babs and Elliot rent out a Scare BnB haunted house for horror fans looking for thrills. But when a ghost sceptic turns up determined not to be spooked, threatening their perfect 5 star rating, it's time to call in the real resident ghosts to scare him.

Steen Raskopoulos plays Elliot, whilst Sara Pascoe is Babs. Also appearing are Steen's Top Coppers co-star John Kearns as the ghost sceptic, and Nish Kumar and Susie Youssef as the ghosts.

Sky Halloween Comedy Shorts will be available on demand from Friday 21st October.

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