C4 commissions comedic archive-based series

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is set to air a comedy panel/game show hybird program with a historical archive element, dubbed A Short History of Everything Else (pictured).
March 9, 2012

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is set to air a comedy panel/game show hybird program with a historical archive element, dubbed A Short History of Everything Else.

The six-part, 60-minute series from Twofour will star comedian Griff Rhys Jones (pictured, center) as host, and promises to “delve into our shared history through a mixture of memorable, odd and forgotten clips,” according to the pubcaster. It’s slated to air in the spring.

In every episode, Rhys Jones will be joined by two regular team captains – Marcus Brigstocke (Argumental) and Charlie Baker (Never Mind the Buzzcocks) – who, along with a guest, will try to prove that they remember more about “everything else” than the other team.

“This is a serious nostalgia-fest. The haircuts, the hits and the horrors. It’s all flooding back,”  quipped Rhys Jones. “Actually it’s a great way of gathering up the recent past. Personally, I can’t wait, and I’m in it.”

“This entertaining new series will be a satirical and engaging look back at strikes, depression, unemployment figures and the faux-pas of yesterday’s leaders – hopefully offering an escape from the strikes, depression and leaders of today,” added C4′s head of factual Ralph Lee.

The show is executive produced by Twofour creative director Andy Mackenzie and Rachel Watson, and series produced by Darren Sole.

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