August 2015, E4
The six-part prank show of our time sees a host of mischievous machines from the fictional company TezCorp Industries cause havoc for individuals by making everyday tasks an absolute nightmare to deal with. The show is voiced by a raft of talent including Ross Kemp, Matt le Tissier, Rob Delaney, Adam Buxton and Michael Gambon.
A host of demonic robots, from automated manicure machines which gives nails the Tezcorp treatment; a new Currency Exchange machine - ruining holidays before you’ve even got on a plane, to the Tezcorp Tourist Information Machine for visitors at Marwell Zoo, are all intent on giving their human users a really hard time.
Expect more antics from the revamped fleet, along with loads of brand new nightmare machines. Bad Robots is bigger, bolder and bad-er than ever before.
After garnering universal critical acclaim in the UK and USA, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan return to Channel 4 with a second six part series of their hit comedy Catastrophe. The stakes are higher as we rejoin the now married Irish woman (Horgan) and American man (Delaney) who struggle to stay in love - and lust - while new challenges rear their ugly heads…
all the while contending with monstrous family (Carrie Fisher) and crazy friends (Ashley Jensen) who seem hell-bent on ensuring that whatever new life-journey Rob and Sharon embark on will be anything but simple.
Autumn 2015, E4
A brand new six part comedy series from multi-talented actor, singer, poet, writer and award-winning playwright Michaela Coel (Top Boy, Monsters: Dark Continent), who also stars as lead. Coel plays Tracey Gordon, a religious Beyoncé-obsessed 22-year-old who is fast finding out that the more she learns about the world, the less she understands. She’s left behind the innocence of teenage dreams and is entering a world of love, sex and adult confusion.
Having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, (winning the Laurence Olivier Bursary Award during her stint), her debut play Chewing Gum Dreams was a critically acclaimed sell out at the National Theatre’s Shed. She won the Alfred Fagon Award for best play written by a writer of African and / or Caribbean descent, and What’s On Stage named her as one of the country’s best young playwrights.
Winter 2016, E4
Written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Broadchurch, Bad Education, Fleabag,) Crashing is a brand new six part series which crashes straight into the lives and loves of six twenty-to-thirty-something adults living together as Property Guardians (paying minimal rent for deterring squatters and vandals) in a disused hospital. It's about that time in your life when the reality of being an adult kicks you hard in the crotch. This time you’re not someone’s kid, you’re not a student, and you’re not fresh out of uni. This time you’re a grown up.
As a writer, Phoebe Waller Bridge enjoyed incredible success at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where her one-woman show Fleabag played to sell-out audiences and rave reviews, garnering a Fringe First Award and The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance. She has also been nominated for Most Promising New Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Her writing TV credits include Drifters, and acting TV credits include Broadchurch, Henry, Bad Education and The Café, with film credits including Albert Nobbs and The Iron Lady.
Autumn 2015, E4
Drifters, the original comedy series about three skint, single and seriously funny best friends trying to figure out love and life in Leeds will return for a third series.
The comedy series from writer-performer Jessica Knappett will return later this year, where we will see the drifting twenty-some-things face more hilariously humiliating encounters. The series co-stars Lydia Rose Bewley, Lauren O’Rourke, Arabella Weir and Bob Mortimer.
Peep show returns this year for its 9th and final series, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb following the increasingly complicated lives of the El Dude Brothers aka ageing flat mates Mark and Jeremy.
Raised By Wolves
Winter 2016, E4
Critically acclaimed comedy written by Caitlin and Caz Moran, Raised By Wolves is set to return for a second 6x30 series next year. Set on a Wolverhampton council estate, it is a modern day re-imagining of the brilliant chaos of Caitlin and Caz’s childhood – loads of kids, no money and home-schooling.
Starring Helen Monks, Alexa Davies, Rebekah Staton and Philip Jackson, the first series garnered rave reviews and was Channel 4’s second highest rating comedy of 2015 to date. Staton’s portrayal of matriarch Della was deemed to be one of the best performances of the year by critics and viewers alike.
Following the triumphant return of TFI for a 90 minute special in June, a brand new ten episode run presented by Chris Evans will begin later in 2015. The recent one off special peaked with 4.2 million viewers and was a smash hit on social media, trending for a good while before, during and after the show.
With top celebrity guests, leading music acts and a variety of colourful segments, TFI Friday is set once again be a key part of the Friday night schedule.
Toast of London
The comedy, back for a third series, sees BAFTA winner Matt Berry play Steven Toast, an eccentric actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with problems off stage than performing on it. The supporting cast includes Doon Mackichan, Robert Bathurst, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Harry Peacock and is co-written by Father Ted’s Arthur Mathews.