Channel 4 broadcasts musical about Andrew and revival of Friday Night time Dwell



satirical musical in regards to the Duke of York and a revival of comedy TV present Friday Night time Dwell are amongst a brand new roster of programmes introduced by Channel 4.

The programmes type a part of the Fact and Dare season because the broadcaster celebrates 40 years because it was created in 1982 by the Tory authorities of Margaret Thatcher.

The programme line-up additionally features a new Frankie Boyle-fronted fee, in addition to “an arts occasion like no different that can embrace stunts, surprises and particular friends”, hosted by comic Jimmy Carr.

Jimmy Carr (Ian West/PA) / PA Wire

The reveals “are set to do what Channel 4 was created for: to offer voice to the unheard, say the unsayable and present the unseen”, the broadcaster mentioned.

Comic Kieran Hodgson is to steer a solid of comics in Prince Andrew: The Musical, a 60-minute programme described as a “satirical send-up of the life and occasions” of the duke set to a musical rating.

Written by and starring Two Doorways Down star Hodgson as Andrew, and together with unique music by Freddie Tapner, the story will centre on “key occasions, relationships and controversies of Andrew’s life”.

The Hat Trick Productions present may even embrace a “reimagining” of the duke’s 2019 Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis.

The Queen’s second son stepped down from public life on November 20 2019, following the fallout from the BBC interview about his friendship with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in August 2019.

Jennifer Saunders and Daybreak French (Danny Lawson/PA) / PA Archive

The Return Of Friday Night time Dwell resurrects the favored comedy present which is credited with launching the careers of its host Ben Elton, Harry Enfield, Julian Clary, Jo Model and lots of extra.

Initially broadcast as Saturday Dwell, the comedy and music present ran from 1985 to 1988, altering its identify to Friday Night time Dwell when it was moved to air on a Friday as a substitute of a Saturday.

It additionally featured abilities corresponding to Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Daybreak French and Jennifer Saunders, and featured appearances from Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson as The Harmful Brothers.

The Channel 4 revival will see Elton return as host for a 90-minute programme to “unite the most popular new wave stand-ups and character comedians alongside some unique present legends in a dangerously stay evening of comedy”.

Elton, 63, was famed for ranting about Margaret Thatcher and co-wrote The Younger Ones and Blackadder, and likewise penned a string of bestselling novels and sitcoms together with The Skinny Blue Line, starring Rowan Atkinson, and Upstart Crow, with David Mitchell.

Ade Edmondson and Ben Elton (Ian West/PA) / PA Archive

In a 75-minute programme referred to as Frankie Boyle: Monarchy, the Scottish comic “turns his wry eye to the state of the British monarchy and its future, by trying again at its 1,000-year historical past”.

Artwork Hassle, the working title of the programme introduced by Jimmy Carr, is billed as “an arts occasion like no different”.

The 75-minute programme, from unbiased TV manufacturing firm ClearStory, is a “profoundly provocative exploration of the bounds of free expression in artwork” and “whether or not we are able to separate the ethical calibre of the artist from the worth of their work”.

The programme will mix stunts, surprises and particular friends with a public experiment performed by well-known artists throughout Britain, and likewise celebrates what Channel 4 says are its “disruptive roots by exploring the boundary between controversial artwork and freedom of expression”.

If we should age, we plan to do it disgracefully

Ian Katz, Channel 4’s chief content material officer, mentioned: “From musical satire about Prince Andrew to an exploration of cancel tradition in artwork through males with very massive penises, this season reveals that Channel 4 remains to be as mischievous, disruptive and distinctive as when it was born 40 years in the past.

“As an alternative of a nostalgia-thon of highlights from the final 4 a long time, we’re celebrating with a set of irreverent, thought-provoking and massively entertaining reveals that no different broadcaster would air.

“If we should age, we plan to do it disgracefully.”

A documentary with the working title Too Giant for Love will comply with the experiences of the “hidden minority of males who’ve an extra-large penis”, whereas three-parter The 80s: The Future Is Now could be an “eye-opening account of the Nineteen Eighties” exploring how – in a decade of division and battle – “Britain reinvented herself by way of radical politics, ferocious tradition wars and futuristic expertise”.

Different titles embrace What Is A Girl? and Afghan Porn Star, a 75-minute programme which tells the story of Khadija Cohen, often known as Yasmeena Ali, and her journey to forging a profession within the porn business.

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