News: Fifth Series Of Inside No. 9 Announced

The BBC has today confirmed that a fifth series of the award-winning Inside No. 9 will come to BBC Two next year.

The announcement follows a very successful fourth series from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, which kicked off with the highest launch and consolidated rating the show has seen (1.8m).

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Review: The Young Offenders, BBC Three

BBC Three must either be cursing Derry Girls or thanking it. The hit Channel 4 sitcom has beaten them to the screens with a ribald comedy charting the lives of badly behaving hormonal Irish schoolkids. On the other hand it has raised the profile of Irish comedy in general which can only be a good thing. And The Young Offenders certainly proves that Derry Girls is no one-off fluke.

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News: Big Tour For David O'Doherty

David O'Doherty is taking his new show, You Have To Laugh, on the road this autumn.

This follows a run at the Assembly Festival in Edinburgh in August. 

The winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2008 is also a children's author and regularly appears on TV shows such as QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You.

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Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Bobby Mair

Bobby Mair is touring the UK in 2018 with his latest show, Loudly Insecure. Beginning on the 1st February at Nottingham’s Glee Club, the tour will take in a total of 26 dates, concluding at Manchester’s Frog and Bucket on 25th March.

News: Man Like Mobeen Star Lands Straight Role In New Drama

The star and writer of hit BBC sitcom Man Like Mobeen Guz Khan has landed a role in a major drama for Sky.

Khan will appear in Curfew, which sees an ensemble cast also including Sean Bean (Broken, Game of Thrones), Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle), Phoebe Fox (Blue Iguana, Intrigo: Samaria), and Malachi Kirby (Black Mirror, Roots) going head to head in the ultimate contest.

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TV: Inside No. 9 – Series 4, Episode 4, To Have And To Hold, BBC2

Firstly an apology. I got into a tiny puddle of hot water after giving away a little too much of last week's Inside No. 9 plot in my write-up so I'm going to tread very delicately here and steer clear of as many spoilers as possible for the fourth episode in this consistently astonishing series, entitled To Have And To Hold.

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News: Vic Reeves aka Jim Moir Settles Phone Hacking Case

Jim Moir – aka comedian Vic Reeves - has settled his case over phone-hacking allegations just before it went to court.

Moir was one of a number of celebrities whose case was due to be heard in the High Court today. The others were Coronation Street's Rajan Harkishindas, TV presenter Kate Thornton and talent manager Chris Herbert.

It had been alleged that they were victims of unlawful information gathering.

The settlement was agreed for an undisclosed sum. The other claimants have also settled.

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News: Man Gear-Changing Badly? Martin Clunes Driving School Comedy

Martin Clunes is to return to the BBC to star in a new sitcom.
 
He will play Warren Thompson, a pedantic driving instructor who thinks the world is against him, in the titular Warren.

Clunes' character is forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill.

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News: Jason Donovan to Appear At Slapstick Festival

Superstar Jason Donovan is to appear at this month’s Slapstick festival of silent and classic film and TV comedy in Bristol after agreeing to stand in for the advertised host of its showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Colston Hall on Saturday 27 January (8.15pm for 9pm).   

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News: Satire Klaxon – Mash Report & Newsjack Both Return

The Mash Report is to return later this month.

The new run of the satirical news show will once again be anchored by Nish Kumar. Pictured is the team of Jason Forbes, Steve N Allen, Ellie Taylor, Pierre Novellie, Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris, Andrew Hunter Murray and Greig Johnson.

The new series will start on January 18 on BBC2 at 10pm. Apply for free tickets to filming of episodes here.

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