News: Ardal O'Hanlon & Colin Murphy Star In New BBC Northern Ireland Shows

BBC Northern Ireland audiences can expect more local drama, more comedy and a greater range of documentaries over the next year.
 
Addressing a range of independent production companies and members of the Northern Ireland creative sector, the BBC NI Director Peter Johnston highlighted some of the new comedy, entertainment, drama and factual commissions reflecting life in Northern Ireland, as well as the return of some

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News: More Live Shows For Jason Manford

Comedian Jason Manford has added another run of dates to his current Muddle Class tour due to demand.

The new shows include a prestigious gig at the London Palladium on March 8, 2019.

The other new dates are in Cambeidge, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Liverpool.

Muddle Class is Jason's latest tour and it features new material about Jason growing up "working class" then finding, over the years, that part of him has become "middle class" - causing much confusion.

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News: Lenny Henry To Play Richard Pryor

It has been confirmed that Sir Lenny Henry is to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor onstage.

The performance will be at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre, but comedy fans will have to wait until 2020 to see it. Tickets are not on sale yet, but it was announced at the NT's latest annual press conference. It will be called Richard Pryor on Fire and will be directed by Paulette Randall.

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News: UK Tour For Al Murray Pub Landlord

Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, will embark on 43-date tour of the UK from May 2019. The Landlord Of Hope and Glory Tour currently starts at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre on May 8 and finishes at the Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight on July 6.

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News: Lost Episodes Of Dad's Army To Be Recreated

Lost episodes of classic sitcom Dad's Army are to be remade. UKTV has commissioned Mercury Productions, working very closely with the Estates of the original writers, Jimmy Perry and David Croft, to exclusively recreate three episodes of Dad’s Army that haven’t been seen on television since they were first broadcast in 1969. 

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News: No Such Thing As A Fish On The Road

The team behind No Such Thing As A Fish are hitting the road again in Spring 2019, with their brand new show, ‘In No Particular Order’. Dan, James, Anna and Andy will be taking their fact-filled tomfoolery to all corners of the British Isles, performing their most northerly, southerly, easterly and westerly UK & Ireland shows to date. Their new UK tour will start on 28th February 2019.

TV Review: Roast Battle UK, Comedy Central UK

Most comedians of the same generation are pretty supportive of their colleagues but there was a thread on Facebook a while ago in which a few comics expressed concern about the success of Comedy Central UK’s high-rating show Roast Battle UK. There was a feeling that insults hurled in the name of entertainment could be recycled in the playground in a much more hurtful way.

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News: The Last Leg Returns With John Cleese

The 2017 and 2018 BAFTA nominated entertainment series, The Last Leg returns to Channel 4 this autumn for a15th series. The ten episode series sees Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker reunite with their honest, upbeat and award-winning brand of satirical comedy.  

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News: Two Live Shows And TV For Nick Helm

Award winning stand-up and TV star Nick Helm will be performing not one but two live shows this autumn/winter.

Nick’s two shows are a tenth-anniversary resurrection of a horror musical and the fourth instalment of his festive bonanza.

Back in 2008 Helm wrote his last play for the Edinburgh Festival, the Musical B-Movie, Drive-In Anthology Horror Tribute ‘I Think, You Stink!’.  It was the only show that Nick wrote between 2001 and 2008 that made any money in Edinburgh. It made £50. 

News: Barry Cryer Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Barry Cryer has been awarded the British Music Hall Society 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Barry was presented the award (an engraved Chairman’s Gavel and Block) at the British Music Hall Society’s President Roy Hudd’s Annual Lunch by Chairman Adam Borzone (pictured).

The event was held at Brick Lane Music Hall. 

The 2017 recipient was Sir Ken Dodd.

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