Friday’s best TV: The Last Leg; Lethal Weapon

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Return of the cheerful, topical comedy hosted by Adam Hills; Riggs and Murtaugh investigate the death of a pop star’s bodyguard. Plus: Graham Norton welcomes Tom Cruise back to the sofa

This cheerful, topical comedy is never off air for long – and with world affairs teetering on the brink of madness so much of the time at the moment, that is probably not surprising. The genial but incisive Adam Hills hosts, while Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe comprise the show’s regular comedy backbone. As ever, it is likely that the special celebrity guests – keen to stretch their satirical chops as a form of protest – will provide the incentive to watch. Increasingly, something of a Friday evening institution. John Robinson

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Katherine Ryan: Roast Battle “really is a language of love”

Louisa Mellor Jan 15, 2018

We chatted to comedian Katherine Ryan about her new comedy roast show, how to take a joke, and the importance of context in stand-up…

Warning: contains one very rude word and one slightly less rude word.

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“I think of it as an honour,” Katherine Ryan tells me, “I don’t see why anyone’s feelings would be hurt.” We’re talking about Roast Battle, a freshly imported Us show format in which pairs of comedians compete to tell the funniest and most insulting jokes about each other. Ryan, Russell Brand and presenter Jimmy Carr make up the judging panel on the UK version.

“It’s quite an honour to have someone read all about you,” Ryan continues. “You have to be really specific in your jokes, you have to know someone’s entire career,
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Wednesday’s best TV: Vanished by the Lake, Peaky Blinders, Detectorists

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A teenager goes missing in a case familiar to detective Lise Stocker, and the period crime drama’s penultimate episode. Plus: there’s an auction in store for Becky and Andy, in this final-ever episode

Just last month, Bob Mortimer was crowned fifth season champion of Taskmaster. But now the man who so emphatically demonstrated he could tear an apple into perfect halves with his bare hands must compete in a two-part tournament against previous victors Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding and Rob Beckett, all to determine who is the ultimate master of tasks. As ever, Greg Davies both officiates and castigates. Gv

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The Den of Geek Christmas 2017 UK TV and radio guide

Louisa Mellor Dec 13, 2017

We’ve taken a highlighter to this year’s Christmas and New Year TV schedules and circled what we’ll be watching this festive season…

Amid the cosy repeats and cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV over the next few weeks are a few gems. There’s no Sherlock or Charlie Brooker’s TV Wipe this year, but there are plenty of treats, not least the return of The League Of Gentlemen for a three-part anniversary series and Peter Capaldi’s last hurrah in the Tardis in the Doctor Who Christmas episode.

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Over on Netflix, six new episodes of Black Mirror are coming to usher in the New Year, two days into which we welcome the return of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s genius anthology Inside No. 9.

Not to gloss over a spooky M.R. James night on BBC Four,
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Taskmaster: the top 11 tasks so far

Louisa Mellor Sep 13, 2017

Den of Geek has narrowed down our favourite series 1-4 tasks from hugely funny Dave series Taskmaster

Warning: if you’re new to Taskmaster, catch up on Dave before reading this. We’d hate to spoil any surprises.

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Commence rummaging for your most unusual/impressive/heaviest item, because Taskmaster is back. Starting tonight on Dave is a new eight-episode run of the challenge-based comedy series, this time testing the mettle of Sir Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Nish Kumar, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson. This one’s coconut-themed, apparently. (Previous series have been vaguely themed around eggs, potatoes, rubber ducks and… whimsy?)

To celebrate its return, we’ve selected some of the previous series highlights. Below then, enjoy reminiscing about an amount of tasks that would, balanced atop one another,
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Taskmaster: Alex Horne on series 5, casting, remakes, the future

Louisa Mellor Sep 13, 2017

Taskmaster returns for a fifth series tonight on Dave, featuring Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Nish Kumar, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson...

“I think I could probably fit all that lot in my trousers,” says Tim Key gesturing at the crowded kitchen worktop of a London flat in this 2008 YouTube video. He then tests the hypothesis, starting with a loaf of bread, a bunch of bananas and a silver espresso maker. Into the trouser leg they go, followed by a parade of unlikely items - a cheese grater, a bottle of orange squash, an unwieldy marble bowl. Every so often, a hand reaches out from the camera to assist. It belongs to comedian Alex Horne, seen intermittently in the back of shot drinking a coffee and checking his watch.

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“Yeah, we had a lot of free time,
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Taskmaster: Christmas special air date confirmed

Louisa Mellor Nov 21, 2017

The winners of series 1 to 5 will compete in a 2-part Taskmaster special airing on Wednesday the 13th and 20th of December...

It's official, the much-rumoured 'Champion of Champions' Taskmaster special is happening. It won't be a full series, but a two-part special featuring Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett, Noel Fielding and series 5 winner Bob Mortimer.

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The studio recording took place yesterday, Monday the 19th of November, and the first part will air on Dave on Wednesday the 13th of December, with the concluding half going out on Wednesday the 20th of December. Make those diary dates, because it's pretty much guaranteed to be the funniest thing on this yuletide season.

Here's the announcement Tweet:

Super Huge News: There will be a Champion of Champions #Taskmaster series.
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BBC Leads Rts Awards, Wins for ‘Happy Valley,’ ‘Fleabag’

The BBC led the pack with 13 category wins at the annual awards of the Royal Television Society, whose members include the crème de la crème of British television executives.

Happy Valley,” which plays on BBC One, picked up the award for drama series while the show’s writer, Sally Wainwright, collected the drama writer award and the Judges’ Award for being a “writer of outstanding distinction.”

The Channel of the Year award went to online youth platform BBC Three. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of the channel’s comedy “Fleabag,” received the Breakthrough Award and also picked up the prize for comedy writer. Asim Chaudhry won the comedy performance award for his role in BBC Three’s “People Just Do Nothing,” and the series also won for scripted comedy, while the single drama award went to BBC Three’s “Murdered by My Father.”

Sophie Okonedo fought off competition from Julie Walters and Jodie Comer to win the
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Thursday’s best TV: Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule; Prime Suspect 1973

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The madcap comic asks guests to prove how funny humans can be, while Jane Tennison get a 70s prequel. Plus: the timely documentary Extremely British Muslims begins

In a new series billed as “madcap”, Harry Hill watches over two teams who have to prove how funny humans are. Yes, really. Kelvin Fletcher, Sara Pascoe, Patrick Robinson and Josh Widdicombe must choose clips to go into a capsule that can be unleashed in the event of an alien invasion. By Hill’s own admission it is “an idea that’s thinner than Kim Kardashian’s nightie”, but he holds things together with aplomb. Hannah Verdier

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Finally Confirmed: Richard Ayoade to Host The Crystal Maze, coming to Channel Four as a series

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Hot off the press comes the news that The Crystal Maze is to make a comeback via Channel Four for a complete series with the slightly left of centre Richard Ayoade, to host this iconic game show.

Speculation has been circling for a while over the series host and it’s finally been confirmed that deadpan funny man, actor, director, writer and television presenter, Ayoade, is set to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Richard O’Brien who hosted the original series which ran on Channel Four between 1990 and 1993 and then Ed Tudor-Pole from 93 until the show’s end in 1995.

The show will have a staggering 20-hour long episodes which are due to start filming later on in the year. Quite frankly, was there any question over who would have been the utmost perfect fit for this show? We can imagine the people down at the
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Josh Widdicombe webchat – your questions answered on politics, fans, and the best of Blur

The standup comedian and Last Leg host fielded your questions on niche 90s football references, ribbing Devon for a living and how much of a posh boy he is exactly

2.09pm GMT

That’s it folks … thank you all for your questions.

2.08pm GMT

Thank you so much for all of your questions. I can honestly say that's the most fun I've ever had in the Guardian building. My DVD, What Do I Do Now? is out now, and will make an ideal Christmas present/drinks coaster.

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royleslie asks:

Which do you prefer – writing your own stand-up routines or writing for your sitcom?

I find writing is the most fun I have in comedy. I think writing for the sitcom more fun, because I get to do it with someone else - my co-writer Tom Craine. However, writing a sitcom is far more time-consuming and far more difficult than I think anyone realises.
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Taskmaster: one of TV's funniest, most unexpected comedies

Wesley Mead Apr 25, 2017

As series 4 of Taskmaster arrives on Dave, we salute one of the most enjoyable shows on TV...

In a media environment where every outlet is battling for attention more intensely than ever before, TV channel Dave has carved out quite a handy niche for itself. Many years since its erstwhile days as UKTVG2 - the ghettoised cousin of dusty sitcom purveyors UK Gold - a prominent Freeview Epg position and a remarkably successful rebranding has allowed the channel to build its own fanbase and identity. It’s now “the home of witty banter”, its schedule jam-packed with panel shows, satirical comedy, and male-skewing reality.

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In recent years, the heightened awareness
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Sunday's best TV: The Crystal Maze; Poldark; Harry Hill's Tea Time

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Celebs take on the labyrinthine gameshow for Stand Up To Cancer, Ross tries to solve his mining problems and Hill returns to TV with a riff on cookery shows

9pm, Channel 4

As part of a Stand Up To Cancer fundraising effort which also includes Child Genius Vs Celebrities, here’s a revival of the labyrinthine gameshow hosted by Stephen Merchant. This one features a team led by Rio Ferdinand and including Michelle Keegan, Sara Cox and Josh Widdicombe. They’ll face challenges in the Aztec, Medieval, Future and Industrial zones to earn time for their final test in the Crystal Dome. David Stubbs

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Are you pulling my leg? C4 strikes gold by seeing Paralympics funny side

Disability is treated as delicately off-limits by mainstream TV, but The Last Leg: Live from Rio has gone where others fear to tread

They’re edgy, funny and, at times, borderline offensive, but three comics who have dominated Channel 4’s evening schedule over the last fortnight might just have achieved a breakthrough for a subject that is notoriously hard to tackle.

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe on Saturday finished their stint as presenters of The Last Leg: Live from Rio, the comedy programme that has accompanied the Paralympics in what, for the first year, has been a prime-time viewing slot of 8pm. The show has tackled everything from how an athlete with no arms eats M&Ms to whether or not athletes stash their prosthetics in the overhead lockers of aircraft. In doing so, it has attracted a growing audience of loyal fans.

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Insert Name Here: Season Two Renewal for BBC Two Comedy Series

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BBC Two has renewed the Insert Name Here TV series for a second series (season). The BBC announced it commissioned season two of the comedy panel show with Sue Perkins, Richard Osman, and Josh Widdicombe, in a press release.

Sue Perkins says: "I’m absolutely delighted to be back with Richard and Josh - it’s fast, funny and fiercely competitive, and all without the use of meldonium."Read More…
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Friday’s best TV: Shetland, Celebrity Big Brother, The Last Leg Goes Down Under, The Most Dangerous Band in the World: the Story of Guns N’ Roses

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Perez and Tosh head to Glasgow to investigate a witness-protection case; the weirdest CBB comes to an end; Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker feel the heat. Plus, excess all areas with legendary La rockers

The police procedural takes another twist as Perez and Tosh head to Glasgow, trying to discover why the now late Michael Maguire – real surname Thompson and the victim of a professional hit – was on Shetland and in a witness-protection programme. Turns out the authorities in the city may have a leak. The trip also brings Perez face to face with gangster Arthur McCall, who may hold the key to what’s happening. Taggart before it got rubbish meets Scandi-noir, and thus compelling stuff. Jonathan Wright

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That Time a 10-Year-Old Tina Fey Tried on Her First Bra at J.C. Penney

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That Time a 10-Year-Old Tina Fey Tried on Her First Bra at J.C. Penney
Tina Fey has real nerd roots, and they run deep. Fey was on Graham Norton's couch with Kurt Russell and Josh Widdicombe, which gave Graham the opportunity to go in on her dorky past. There are delightfully embarrassing stories involving discount haircuts and and putting on a bra over her clothes in a J.C. Penney that will all eventually form the backbone of what we all know is Good Comedy. God bless little Tina Fey. We knew you'd get out of Upper Darby.
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Josh Widdicombe: in praise of landlords

To some they’re the bane of modern renting, but for me landlords are just great. For serving up comic material, at least

In recent years the humble landlord has become a symbol of everything that is wrong with the spiralling property market, third only in the blame league to Russian oligarchs and Kirstie Allsopp. But as someone who spent over a decade living in houseshares I have a strange fondness for landlords. Nothing unites a group more than a common enemy, be it the Soviet Union or Nasty Nick from Big Brother. Having an awful landlord can be a good thing, it can bring you together as a household.

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Toast of London review: not as well done as it was, but Toast is still delicious

Matt Berry’s unhinged creation is a slice of bonkers brilliance, though the freshness is starting to fade; Josh Widdicombe’s flatshare sitcom is rather cosy

So it’s true. Or it’s not true, depending on how you look at it. The 1969 Nasa Apollo 11 moon landing never happened. A fake, all filmed at Pinewood Studios by Stanley Kubrick, just as he would later fess up to – or at least hint at – in The Shining.

How do we know? Because a young Steven Toast – Toast of London (Channel 4) – was also at Pinewood that day; to film some sex comedy probably, it’s hard to remember, he was smoking a lot of children in need (weed, I’m assuming) at the time. Anyway, he wandered on to the wrong set, Studio D instead of Studio B; right on to the surface of the moon in fact, where Stanley K
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Frank Skinner announces new weekly talk show for BBC iPlayer

Frank Skinner is bringing a new weekly talk show exclusively to BBC iPlayer.

From November 13, celebrities will join Frank Skinner On Demand With... to talk to Skinner about the hidden gems and guilty pleasures they are enjoying on iPlayer.

Skinner will hang out with his guest at a location where they regularly watch iPlayer. Lee Mack, Zoe Ball and Josh Widdicombe have been confirmed for the first three episodes.

"As a kid, I had a recurring dream that I was alone in the local toy shop and could help myself to anything I fancied. BBC iPlayer feels a bit like that dream," he said.

"But now I'm allowed to take a playmate, to show me the things they love that I might have missed. And everything they reach for tells me more and more about them. Come and join us in the best toy shop ever."

BBC iPlayer head of
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