Here’s a quick round up of some of the latest TV comedy news from the last couple of weeks.
David Walliams for Christmas
BBC One have confirmed plans to adapt a third children’s book from David Walliams, following the success of Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink.
Walliams’ first book – Boy In The Dress, published in 2008, will now be dramatised, for broadcast this Christmas. Walliams is expected to star in it as he did with his other two adaptations. Expect to see Boy In The Dress on our screens Christmas Day.
More Harry And Paul, But Not Just Yet
An interview in Radio Times has revealed there is a reason behind not seeing any new material from the duo. It reveals that Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse had a disagreement with BBC Two, after the channel made them drop a sketch from the last series of their sketch show.
The Article reveals “A new series of the Harry & Paul sketch show may happen – but not for a while, thanks to an apparent disagreement between the pair and BBC Two over a sketch that was dropped.”
Harry And Paul on 2
This weekend as part of the BBC’s celebrations of 50 years of BBC2 Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse will star in a one off spoof sketch show Harry And Paul’s Story Of The 2s. In the show they put their own take on some of BBC2’s best known comedies such as The Young Ones, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, QI, The Office and Mock The Week. More details from the BBC click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2014/21/harry-and-paul
ITV Hopeful Of More Harry
Whilst there no chance at the time of this post, ITV are hopeful to work with comedian Harry Hill in some form again soon.
ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham has been quoted as saying that he is talking to Hill about comedy ideas and is reportedly “hopeful” of having an announcement soon.
Fincham commented: “He did a live tour, then he did a film, then he did the musical and we’re now talking to him. I haven’t got anything specific to say but I hope very soon we will have.”
EXCLUSIVE – A Very Special Anniverary
Whilst it’s a way off yet the BBC publicity machine is already in overdrive with little nods here and there. This year will mark 60 years since the first broadcast of BBC Radio series Hancock’s Half Hour. Whilst the subject is often the cause of debate there can be no doubt that Hancock’s Half Hour was Britain’s first popular sitcom and paved the way for the years that followed.
From 1954 to the present day through 60 years of great British sitcoms it’s a fascinating story of how comedy and indeed television and radio has changed. British Classic Comedy are going to count back through those 60 years, looking back at some of the most popular sitcoms of the last 60 years. We talk to some of the people who made it happen – the writers, as well as featuring some of the great comedies themselves.
Starting soon, watch this space for details.