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Channel 4 slots two fast turnaround entertainment series

British pubcaster Channel 4 has slated two fast turnaround factual series from Nit Television and production firms Expectation and Momo G. Reasons To Be Cheerful with Matt Lucas will serve as a ...
April 16, 2020

British pubcaster Channel 4 has slated two fast turnaround factual series from Nit Television and production firms Expectation and Momo G.

Reasons To Be Cheerful with Matt Lucas will serve as a 6 x 30-minute comedy entertainment series with host Matt Lucas (pictured). The series, which premieres on April 26 at 7:30 p.m., will celebrate the ability of comedians, TV personalities, musicians, sports stars and everyday people to entertain themselves during self-isolation.

Reasons To Be Cheerful is produced by Nit Television, the joint venture between Harry Hill and CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. The executive producers are Mobashir Dar, Harry Hill, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux.

Elsewhere, stand-up comedian Mo Gilligan will front a live 4 x 60-minute series Mo Gilligan’s All-Star Happy Hour, where staying in may win you a prize.

The series will contain a mixture of sketches, viral formats, music performances and prize-winning games, with members of the public compete against celebrities in a series of challenges. It is an Expectation and Momo G co-production and the executive producers are Ben Wicks, Mo Gilligan, David Geli and Pollyanna McGirr. The series producer is Rhe-an Archibald and the director is Toby Baker.

“After weeks of relentless grim news and being cooped up at home, Britain desperately needs a dose of fun and Mo and Matt, two of the breakout stars of lockdown, are just the people to administer it,” Ian Katz, director of programs at Channel 4 said in a statement.

Channel 4′s Phil Harris, head of entertainment, and Tom Beck, head of live events and commissioning editor for entertainment, commissioned both series.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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