News: Spoof African Dictator Show For E4

News: Taster Of Colonel Banjoko Show Revealed

BAFTA-nominated rising star Samson Kayo (Famalam, Timewasters, Sliced) is bringing a fictional African Dictator to E4 with a new pilot entitled The Colonel Banjoko Show. 

According to the press information 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.

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. (Prod co - BBC Studios).

However, there have been complaints on social media from comedian Benjamin Bankole Bello, who has coincidentally been playing a spoof African dictator called President Obonjo on the stand-up circuit for around a decade. A spokesperson for BBC Studios, who are producing the pilot for E4 said: "Colonel Banjoko is an original character, created by BBC Studios for Samson Kayo and we are delighted he is taking on the role. Viewers will get the opportunity to see it for themselves if the pilot is taken to series.”*

*read an updated statement here.

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