jack whitehall

Preview: 10 TV Comedies To Watch in 2015

1. Cradle to Grave, BBC2 

Motormouth Danny Baker’s autobiography gets the sitcom treatment. Baker is a co-writer himself so expect lots of strange-but-true tales of growing up poor but ‘appy in sarf London.


2. Together, BBC3

Jonny Sweet, last seen in C4’s cop satire Babylon, stars in this self-penned adaptation of his cult Radio 4 series in which a new romantic relationship is explored and dissected from all angles.


DVD Review: Jack Whitehall Gets Around

Jack Whitehall has called his first arena tour Jack Whitehall Gets Around,  and he certainly went to plenty of places during his breathlessly busy Wembley Arena set, now captured on DVD.


News: Brian Pern Comes to BBC2

A transmission date has been confirmed for the second series of Brian Pern: A Life in Rock. The new series will start on BBC2 on December 9. 

News: Stand Up To Cancer Returns To C4

Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Dr Christian Jessen are back to host this year's live broadcast of Stand Up To Cancer on C4 on October 21. The night will include special programmes, including: Gogglebox: Celebrity Special; Jamie Oliver and Taylor Swift joining forces for an exclusive sketch; A very special performance from Nicole Scherzinger who is joined by The SU2C Childrens Choir who have all survived cancer; and Sherlock stars and husband and wife team Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington have their minds blown by Derren Brown.

TV Review: Bad Education, BBC3

Schooldays are the happiest days of your life? Well, there are plenty of belly laughs in the BBC3 classroom with the third series of Bad Education. It’s the new term and the kids have come down with a serious dose of puberty over the holidays. Jing has turned into a Camus-quoting existentialist, regular fall-guy Joe has gone vegan while Rem Dogg has gone full emo about five years too late.


Opinion: Jack Whitehall And The Big Tour Warm-Up Problem

There has been a bit of a kerfuffle over the announcement that Jack Whitehall is to play a big work-in-progress gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in February in the the run-up to his UK tour. I can't see what all the fuss is about. Tickets will only be £20 whereas when he comes to Wembley Arena in March tickets, including booking fee, will be £32.25.

TV Review: Bad Education Christmas Special, BBC3

It can't be long now before either BBC3 or Channel 4 comes up with a themed Jack Whitehall night. Maybe they are merely waiting until he gets his knighthood for services to our TV schedules. 2013 has pretty much been his year, with two hit series under his belt (three if you include the fun-if-throwaway Backchat) and last week a King of Comedy gong at the British Comedy Awards to crown it all.

Opinion: Comedy Gets Tied Up

I was interested to read recently in David Hepworth's excellent blog that Tie Rack had recently gone into administration. Veteran music journalist Hepworth eloquently noted that these days you are more likely to see a rock star wearing a tie than a CEO. 

Opinion: British Comedy Awards Predictions

Earlier this week I was accused of plagiarising a live review that had appeared on another comedy website. I hadn't, of course. It is just that Steve Bennett of Chortle and I have impeccable judgement. I saw on the Chortle homepage that they have predicted their British Comedy Award winners so I thought I'd better predict mine before I read theirs in too much detail.

News: British Comedy Awards Nominations

The British Comedy Awards 2013 nominations have just been revealed with Adam Hills picking up three nods. The feelgood Australian is in the running for three prizes - Breakthough Artist and Best Entertainment Personality while his topical chat show The Last Leg is up for Best Entertainment Programme.  Hospital comedy Getting On is also linked to three awards, with the programme up for Best Sitcom and Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Brand up against each other for Best Comedy Actress.


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