E4 to pilot The Colonel Banjoko Show

Thursday 18th July 2019, 9:48am

  • Samson Kayo will host a comedy entertainment show in character as a fictional African dictator
  • E4 is set to film and broadcast a pilot episode of The Colonel Banjoko Show
  • The producers say of the character: "In many ways he is a modern-day Mrs Merton, only armed to the teeth"
The Colonel Banjoko Show. Colonel Banjoko (Samson Kayo).

E4 is to pilot a new comedy entertainment format called The Colonel Banjoko Show.

The show will star Famalam, Sliced and Timewasters actor Samson Kayo. He'll present the show in character as a fictional African dictator.

Producers explain: "Colonel Banjoko is the erstwhile military dictator of the small African nation of Tanzangola. After a devastating civil war, entirely of his own making, the Colonel was persuaded to take an 'extended sabbatical' by his devoted subjects. He fled to London in the dead of night, taking only what he could carry... and the remainder of the country's health budget, and is now living out his dream of presenting his own late-night entertainment show complete with celebrity guests, music, games and summary executions."

[z]BBC Studios] has filmed the pilot, in one of its first commissions for a non-BBC channel.

They say: "With his only previous TV experience being lengthy diatribes on Tanzangola's state-owned news channel, Colonel Banjoko is the perfect person to host an E4 entertainment show. He is bombastic, charming, utterly self-obsessed and highly dangerous and his celebrity guests are kept on their toes by his unique and unpredictable style of interrogation. In many ways he is a modern-day Mrs Merton, only armed to the teeth and with a pending trial for war crimes at The Hague."

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