Russell Howard, one of the most successful comedians in the UK, will write and star in a new series for Sky 1.
In a two-year deal, the new show will first air on Sky 1 next year after the comedian has completed his forthcoming stand-up world tour. A non-TX pilot will deliver early December 2016.
Russell Howard said: “I am delighted to be making this new show for Sky. It’s obviously the best part of a year away but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.”
The series will sit alongside a strong line-up of award-winning entertainment shows for the whole family on Sky 1, including International Emmy-winning 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, Rose d’Or-winning game show Wild Things and BAFTA-winning A League of Their Own.
Adam MacDonald, director of Sky 1, said: “Russell is brilliantly funny and I can’t wait for his intelligent and incisive wit to be a big part of Sky 1. His new show with us will be a fantastic mix of everything we love about Russell and lots of new inventive comedy. It will be an incredible addition to Sky 1.”
Jon Thoday, Avalon Television joint managing director, said: “We are excited to be working on a new show with Russell and delighted by Sky’s ambition for it.”
The 14-part weekly series will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and will be produced by Avalon Television. The series has been commissioned by Celia Taylor, head of non-scripted commissioning and Richard Ackerman, commissioning editor, at Sky. Executive producers are Richard Allen-Turner, James Taylor and Jon Thoday at Avalon Television.
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