E4 Controller, Karl Warner has today announced a host of brand new linear and digital commissions, developments and returning favourites, as well as E4’s very first nationwide hunt for the next generation of stars, all of which will bring a wealth of fresh and recognisable faces to the Channel.
Karl Warner said: “I can’t wait to watch the new shows we’re announcing today as well as all the returning shows we love at E4. We’ve been focused on working with a richer range of Talent associated with the Channel; from established names like Rob Beckett and Emma Willis, to up-and-coming stars like Samson Kayo, The Wall of Comedy and our newest (but oldest) face, Grime Gran. We want E4 to be the home of funny, diverse, outrageous, loveable Talent.”
Rob Beckett’s Savage Socials W/T a new 10-part series (8×45’ and 2×60’) will see funnyman Rob Beckett diving head-first into a pool of social media’s most topical, hilarious and outrageous content, all while offering the most savage commentary on TV.
Each episode will see viewers taken on a fast-paced joyride through Rob’s ‘savage feed’, a catalogue of the latest memes, digital blunders and celebrity socials from the previous week. Any celebs who think their embarrassing Snapchats and Instagram stories are a thing of the past better think again, as Rob takes on the most hilariously banal and attention-seeking content you missed from the last week.
An initial eight weekly episodes will be followed by two one-hour end of year specials, featuring the same cheeky, irrepressible audacity.
Pants on Fire hosted by Emma Willis. It will see teams of bluffers put to the ultimate test as new and emerging faces from the world of comedy go head-to-head in an extreme bluffing show to try to impress a celebrity jury.
E4 has also agreed a major first-look development deal with the inimitable producers behind hit YouTube channel, Wall of Comedy and co-producers and stars of viral sensation, Shiro’s Story, a three-part drama told mainly via rap in addition to spoken dialogue that has amassed 17 million combined views and a huge dedicated following.
BAFTA-nominated rising star Samson Kayo (Famalam, Timewasters, Sliced) is bringing his fictional African Dictator to the E4 family, initially piloting, The Colonel Banjoko Show.
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.
Warner also announced the return of a range of commissioned audience favourites and popular acquisitions.
In scripted, Dead Pixels, the show that takes an affectionate and humorous look at the world of online gaming is back for a second series, fresh from the huge popularity of series one, which was E4’s best performing UK scripted comedy since The Inbetweeners.
There’s also Canadian comedian Mae Martin’s Feel Good (previously announced under its working title of Mae and George) a new, semi-autobiographical, six-part comedy series. The show follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviours and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life. Life is further complicated by her new and all-consuming relationship with new girlfriend George (Ritchie) and strained relationship with her mum (Lisa Kudrow).
Feel Good is a deeply personal, darkly hilarious and poignant story about the unique pressures of navigating the modern-day fluid landscape of gender and sexuality.
Golden Globe © winning fan favourite, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will be returning to E4 for its seventh series, plus the third series of Young Sheldon will be coming later this year – the beloved prequel to massive hit The Big Bang Theory was the biggest new comedy launch ever for E4 when it first premiered last year.
Celebs Go Dating is back for series seven and is opening its doors to help six new unlucky-in-love celebrity clients find ‘the one’ for a Summer of love. After a recent breakup in the spotlight, Love Island’s Jack Fincham is joining the agency alongside Geordie Shore’s party boy Nathan Henry and Blue popstar Lee Ryan.
You’ll need to pack your budgie smugglers because Celebrity Coach Trip is hitting the road again! Legendary international tour guide Brendan Sheerin will be welcoming a new set of celebrity sun-seekers for an action-packed tour around the Mediterranean. The six pairs joining the coach on day one of the latest tour are Queen of the Jungle, Vicky Pattison and her pal, one third of TV’s Thomas brothers, Scott Thomas; radio presenter, Kate Lawler and viral video sensation, Arron Crascall; Love Island friends, Georgia Steel and Alexandra Cane; Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle and his friend, comedian, Sarah Keyworth; sisters Cleopatra and Yonah Higgins from iconic 90s pop group Cleopatra; and Brendan pairs up solo travellers, former EastEnders bad boy Harry Reid and ex-The Apprentice candidate James Hill.
The Sex Clinic and Made in Chelsea are also set to return to the channel.