Comedy from the BBC, including new pilots
Jack Dee is at his deadpan best, bringing his unique brand of casual misery to the legendary Hammersmith Apollo in his first live recording since 2005. Jack is as bitterly hilarious as ever as he lets rip at life's petty annoyances and everyday frustrations with his trademark mix of deadpan cynicism and understated fury.
Featuring Rory Bremner, John Bird, Matt Forde, Sara Pascoe and Jan Ravens, this half hour special is Rory's long-awaited return to the BBC after 20 years. With special appearances from Boris Johnson, David Cameron, Paul Hollywood and a galaxy of fresh and not-so-fresh voices, the master impressionist is back doing what he does best - taking a satirical swipe at the political scene. Filmed just before transmission in Manchester, Rory Bremner's Coalition Report is part of a season of programmes exploring the political landscape 800 years after Magna Carta was written. With a mixture of sketches, stand-up, songs and archive, Rory and the team take on the combined might of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband... and also Nigel Farage. Lively, informed, irreverent and timely, the Coalition Report offers the antidote to a diet of traditional political programmes. Before you go to the polls or after you've just been referendum-ed, this is a bite-sized look at all that's good, bad and indifferent, and provides enough political calories to see you through until May 2015.
Featuring Rory Bremner, John Bird, Matt Forde, Sara Pascoe and a light scattering of guest stars, this half-hour special is a follow up to Rory's Coalition Report broadcast earlier this year. We peek inside Westminster to see the mandarins at work during the political break, look ahead to election night 2020 and learn how a house brick may be the answer to all our political worries. Filmed just before transmission in Manchester, Rory Bremner's Election Report offers a chance to hear about the political scene that we're not being told about. Who really governs the country? Can the election bring real change? And most important of all, who was Nick Clegg? Lively, informed, irreverent and timely, the Election Report offers the antidote to a diet of traditional political programmes. One week after the country limps over the election finishing line, it's time to start all over again as the easy world of campaigning comes to an end and the reality of running the place sinks in.
David Walliams stars in this sketch spectacular alongside very special guest Joanna Lumley. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the show also features comedic talent from Morgana Robinson (House of Fools) and Mike Wozniak (Man Down) and was written by David Walliams and the Dawson Bros.
In this Christmas Day special, Michael presents leading comedians including Dara O Briain, the fabulous Dame Edna Everage, and ventriloquist and winner of America's Got Talent Paul Zerdin.
Set in Bristol in the small town of Bamford, A Gert Lush Christmas is a feelgood comedy about loved-up couple Dan and Lisa and how introducing her to his eccentric family leads to unexpected yet hilarious consequences. What begins as an over-enthusiasm to welcome Lisa into the family ends with Lisa running away and making Dan regret ever introducing her to them. The dysfunctional family pull together in their own unique and crazy way to put things right.
Mel Giedroyc casts her gimlet eye over comedy gems trawled up from the depths of TV archives of sitcoms like Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys, Not Going Out and Ab Fab, and sketch shows like Armstrong & Miller, French & Saunders and Goodness Gracious Me. Comedy Bloopers is a treasure trove of bloomers, bleeps and blunders featuring rare and never-before seen material from Fawlty Towers, House of Fools, The Two Ronnies and The Office. If you laughed at the finished programme, wait till you see the scenes they rejected...
1593. While King Philip of Spain plots to kill Queen Elizabeth of England, young Bill Shakespeare leaves Stratford to follow his latest dream, to be a playwright in London - despite the theatres being closed due to plague. Luckily the Queen desires a new play; unluckily she chooses creepy Lord Crawley to write it.