Harry Hill to curate Channel 4 comedy showcase series

Thursday 31st January 2019, 12:50pm

  • Harry Hill will present his favourite new comics in a showcase series
  • Channel 4 has ordered six hour-long episodes of the new format, to be broadcast at 11pm later this year
Harry Hill.

Harry Hill is returning to Channel 4 with a new comedy showcase series.

He will both curate and host the currently untitled, weekly, hour-long format "that promises a combination of controlled chaos and his favourite funny people on the planet".

Produced by Nit TV, Hill's own company in conjunction with production outfit CPL, the six-part series will air in an 11pm slot later this year.

Channel 4 explain: "The show will see Harry acting as both host and curator of his very own authored late night comedy show. Featuring a host of Harry's favourite comedians and acts, each of the six episodes will be recorded during the week of transmission in front of an audience."

They add: "In addition to well-known and established acts, many of the performers may well be new to viewers but all will be handpicked - and approved - by Harry and introduced accordingly. Performances on the night could take the form of an interview with Harry, audience participation, regular returning comedy segments or simply taking to the floor to do their act. However, given Harry's reputation for the more anarchic, it promises to be full of surprises."

Harry Hill says: "Channel 4 gave me my first break all those years ago - it'll be great to bring some of my favourite new comics to a wider audience! Stouffer the cat's thrilled too."

Ed Havard, commissioner as Channel 4's Head of Entertainment said: "I'm thrilled that a huge star like Harry is excited by the opportunities in our new 11pm slot. We've wanted to work with him for a very long time - he has always been a champion of new comedy talent and with Harry at the helm, the series is a fantastic chance to introduce a raft of the best new faces to Channel 4's audience."

The announcement marks Hill's fourth entertainment series in recent years. His ITV panel show Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule is due to return for a third series shortly, whilst Sky One chat format Harry Hill's Tea Time has run for two series to date.

More information about the new Channel 4 series will be revealed later in the year.

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