News: Comics Get Ranting for Christmas

ITV2 is to broadcast a one-off 90-minute show in which comedians vent their spleens about the festive season. The Great Xmas Rant will feature stand-ups including Ellie Taylor, Mark Watson, Tom Davis, Stephen Bailey, Darren Harriot, Nish Kumar and Richard Gadd alongside celebrities such as Joey Essex and Chris and Kem from Love Island.

From the turkey, to the hangovers, to the shopping and the cringe worthy office parties, the finest comedians from TV hilariously rant in detail about what annoys them most about Christmas. The show features nostalgic archive, and famous faces sharing their pet hates about Christmas.

Mike Benson, managing director of Chalkboard TV and executive producer of The Great Xmas Rant, added: “Most of us have a bugbear about the festive period and with The Great Xmas Rant, the nation’s favourite comedians and celebs will be given the chance to unleash their inner ‘Grinch’ on the ITV2 audience — and will not doubt speak for many of us in the process. Bah humbug!”

Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions said "Amongst the usual xmas movies and upbeat holiday specials, ITV2's comically alternative take on the festive season will no doubt amuse tired out shoppers and party-goers with its irreverent and brutally honest take on contemporary Christmas."

The Great Xmas Rant is a Chalkboard production, with Gina Lyons as producer.

It will – presumably – be broadcast over Christmas. Date to be confirmed.




About Chalkboard TV – The Makers Of The Great Xmas Rant 

Chalkboard TV was founded in 2013 and is headed by Mike Benson and Warwick Banks. Recent UK commissions include its first kids series Logan High for CBBC, ITV comedy game show Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain, Channel 4 rig camera show Life Behind Bars: Visiting Hour, BBC historical-crime series My Grandad Was Innocent and reality series Celebrity Fat Fighters, which delivered a 73% slot increase in ratings for Discovery-owned TLC. Chalkboard is part of IZEN, the international production group that also includes Elephant from France, Zebra from Spain and iMagic from the Middle East.


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