London, Tuesday 6 September 2016
Gold, UKTV's 24-carat comedy channel, today announced a brand new addition to its ever-growing range of original programming. We Have Been Watching (6x60') brings together some of the country's best loved comedy pairings to watch and critique British comedy favourites while sharing stories from their own experiences.
Produced by Crook Productions, this exclusive new series celebrates great comedy clips with a unique insight from renowned comedians. Featuring A-list comedy talent such as: David Baddiel, Maxine Peake, Nigel Planer and Jo Joyner. It also reunites successful comedy pairings: John Challis and Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses), Sally Phillips and Sarah Hadland (Miranda), Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little (The Royle Family), and Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani (Him And Her). We Have Been Watching takes stars off screen and settles them onto the sofa to enjoy classic comedies including Steptoe and Son, Morceambe and Wise, Father Ted and Fawlty Towers.
We Have Been Watching is ordered by Steve North and deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen for Gold, and is executive produced by UKTV's Simon Lupton and Crook Productions, Matt Crook.
Senior commissioning editor, Simon Lupton, said,
Crook Productions have assembled a wonderfully eclectic mix of comedians and comic actors to watch these classic clips with us. Their experiences and knowledge provide us with some incredibly insightful views, but it is seeing them watch these shows as comedy fans that is the real treat.
Steve North, Gold's general manager added,
We are committed to growing Gold's original commissioning slate, and We Have Been Watching is another in a growing list of original shows for Gold. It's the perfect way to showcase and celebrate the nation's love of comedy, while discovering a bit more about what makes them so memorable from the insights of comedy greats.
Matt Crook, executive producer Crook Productions said,
I am incredibly excited to bring this new show to Gold. What works so well is the very simple idea that comedians and comedy performers watch comedy differently. It's their instinct to enjoy, dissect and positively critique the shows, characters, script and performance.
The series will air later in 2016 and sits alongside other brand new UKTV Originals: Richard E Grant on Ealing Comedies, series two of Marley's Ghosts, and The Rebel with Simon Callow.
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