Our site uses Cookies to tailor your experience and understand how you and other people use our site. Accept See our policy.

Shows

WINNER : The Big Narstie Show wins Best Entertainment Show at the National Reality TV Awards beating the likes of Strictly and Love Island. These awards are voted for by the public.

The Brigade – Coming Soon

This new six-part series for BBC Two, commissioned from Expectation Factual, will take a crew of undiscovered talent from British catering under the leadership of distinguished chef Jason Atherton, and transform their careers, turning them into a Kitchen Brigade to take on the best in the world.

‘Brigade de Cuisine’ or Kitchen Brigade is a 100-year-old hierarchical structure that forms the basis of restaurant kitchens throughout the world. Over six episodes under the guidance of Jason Atherton, this series will test and transform the lives of ten ambitious chefs.

Each week ten chefs will be trained and mentored by Jason as they travel to the heartland of the finest cooking destinations in Europe where they will have a week to immerse themselves in the local culture and learn the local cooking. As the series progresses from country to country the challenges will get tougher and at the end of each week the Brigade will go head-to-head with a rival kitchen in a cook-off.

Along the way, the brigade will live and work together as they attempt to demonstrate the necessary skills and techniques required by Jason’s exacting standards to keep their place in the face of stiff competition, at any time they can be replaced with a reserve Brigade member at Jason’s discretion. Under the guidance of Jason the brigade will aim to become a tight knit team capable of competing with the world’s best.

Jason Atherton said: “Becoming a chef can be a way to change your life. If you are passionate, work hard and learn from the best – you can take on the world.”

Colin Barr, Creative Director, Expectation Factual said: “This series moves back-to-basics, focusing on the theory that the best food is cooked by the best kitchen and driven by the raw energy and spirit of talented chefs. Jason Atherton is an incredible mentor, his knowledge, technical ability and his inspiring attitude make him the perfect chef to lead The Brigade and help change people’s careers by learning how to live the life of a successful chef.”

Produced by Expectation Factual. The Executive Producers are Colin Barr and Dominique Foster, the Series Producer/Director is Graham Sherrington.  It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. It is due to air in 2019. The commissioning editors are Emily Smith and Clare Sillery.

 

Mo Gilligan Show – Coming Soon

Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new comedy entertainment series fronted by comedian Mo Gilligan following his hugely successful Coupla Cans UK tour and highly praised co-hosting skills on The Big Narstie Show.

In the new 6-part series from Expectation and Momo G Ltd, Mo will present his own entertainment show built around his stand up, strands and sketches, filmed in front of a studio audience. The series will launch next year.

With his high-energy style and stunning physicality, Mo has already achieved phenomenal success online, creating his own short form comedy content across a range of platforms with huge viewer engagement. His sketches regularly go viral, trend and are endorsed by some of the most famous names in international music including Drake and Stormzy. Recently named The Funniest Man in Britain by The Times, Mo’s debut live stand up tour has smashed all records selling over 30,000 tickets, with numerous dates selling out in minutes. This new series will harness some of these sketches as well as fun with celebrity guests in a variety of different comedy strands including Mo’s hot takes on pop culture.

Mo Gilligan says, “I used to walk past Channel 4 on the way to school, now I’m extremely happy to have my very own show on a channel that pioneers original comedy.”

Ed Havard, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4, says “Mo has been incredible week in, week out as the co-presenter of The Big Narstie Show and our audiences love him. We can’t wait to work together again on his own series which promises to be one of the highlights of next year.”

Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, adds “It was such a joy working with Mo on the first series of The Big Narstie Show. He’s a brilliant comedian and a total pro, we’re really excited to see what he brings to the table for his first solo outing.

The show commissioned for Channel 4 by Ed Havard, Head of Entertainment with Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment and Becky Cadman, Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment. It will be executive produced by Ben Wicks for Expectation and will be co-produced by Mo Gilligan’s own company Momo G.

The Big Narstie Show – Series 2 & Christmas Special News

Following a successful first outing, Channel 4 has commissioned a Christmas special and a brand new series of The Big Narstie Show, the alternative late night anarchic entertainment show presented by Grime musician Big Narstie and stand-up comedian Mo Gilligan.

The studio series, from Expectation and Dice Productions Entertainment, will feature more celebrity guests and musical performances alongside straight-talking segments on the news of the week, TV, showbiz, trends and food and laugh out loud sketches. With the Christmas Special featuring all that plus some added Christmas flavour and plenty of festive surprises.

Big Narstie said, “If you thought the first series was GASSED this ones gonna be MAJORLY gassed with some intergalactic flavours with base.”

Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 says, “Six episodes of The Big Narstie Show wasn’t quite enough to showcase the inimitable and captivating talents of Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan so we’re delighted to be bringing it back for a second run. Every week of series one was an adventure in itself and I can’t wait to see how series two develops.”

Ben Wicks, the Comedy Entertainment Creative Director at Expectation and Executive Producer, added, “Big Narstie brought so much chaos and charisma to series one – everyone involved in the show is still reeling. He and the outstandingly quick Mo Gilligan have re-energised the chat show and I’m thrilled that thanks to Channel 4 we get to make a second series which will be bigger, bolder and continue the evolution of an on screen duo who love nothing more than pausing any interview to slam each other, with the guest looking on, in bits. This is 100% what TV should be. Bring on series two.”

Obi Kevin Abudike and Nathan Brown, Joint MDs of Dice Productions Entertainment said, “Making The Big Narstie Show was a great experience – in series 1 we made history and with the next, we want to leave a legacy!”

Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls

In this surprising and entertaining new series for BBC Two, have-a-go hero Ed travelled to the heart of Trumpland, America’s Deep South, to immerse himself in the lives of those who put Trump in power, and learn how this reality TV businessman won them over.

In the same week that Donald Trump became leader of the free world, Ed Balls’ salsa to Gangnam Style took the country by storm. As entertainment heavyweight Trump, was moving into politics, Ed was making the same journey in reverse.

Ed walks a mile in the shoes of those he meets – whether it’s Confederate flag-flying rednecks, Trump’s newly empowered immigration officers, victims of the Parkland school shooting, or the President’s inner circle of millionaire friends – to find out if they think Trump is delivering on his promises to fix America, despite the chaos and controversies of his administration so far.

A long way from home and his own politics, Ed is determined to find out how Trump tapped into the US psyche and what his popularity tells us about today’s American values.

The Bridget Christie Television Programme

At the tender age of 46, multi award-winning stand-up comedian Bridget Christie is making her much anticipated debut television pilot for Channel 4.

The Bridget Christie Television Programme is a 30-minute show, produced by Expectation which will see Bridget look at the state of the world in an innovative format that takes in stand-up, monologues, sketches and reinvented archive.

Creative Director of Comedy here at Expectation Entertainment, Nerys Evans said: “It’s such a rare privilege to work with a comedian as gifted as Bridget, especially on her first solo Television project. We’re so excited to bring her funny and insightful view on the world to a new audience.”

Bridget Christie said: “I am absolutely overjoyed to have been given my first TV break at the tender age of 46.  I’ve decided to film the stand-up sections of the show in the round because lots of you have only seen me from the front and have been wondering what my bum is like, or even if I have one at all. This television programme will hopefully give me the opportunity to increase my live ticket sales whilst at the same time putting any suspicion or doubt as to the existence of my bum to bed, once and for all.”

In My Skin

Expectation has been commissioned by BBC 3 to produce it’s first scripted comedy slice, In My Skin.

Written by rising screenwriting star Kayleigh Llewellyn, In My Skin is a darkly comic, coming of age story about Bethan Gwyndaf, a 16-year-old girl who tells a lot of lies.  The one-off slice gives a raw and accurate portrayal of growing up in Wales today, holding up a mirror to the state of the nation. There’s heartache, and laughs, and shame, and sometimes an almost too-hard-to-look quality as we revisit the pain of adolescence.

Kayleigh Llewellyn’s career began when she won the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Writing award in 2012 with Matthew Barry. Since then she has been named as a Broadcast Hot Shot and in 2016 she was selected as one of six LGBTQ filmmakers for the BFI Flare Mentorship Programme where she is being mentored by Abi Morgan. Kayleigh is currently writing Americons for Sky1 with Catherine Tate, which will star Catherine alongside David Tennant. Kayleigh also has two original projects in development with Bad Wolf in the UK and the US, and a comedy series in development with Abi Morgan’s production company Little Chick and 42. Kayleigh’s other credits include writing on Stella (Sky1) and Casualty (BBC1), and her short film Oh-Be-Joyful has screened at film festivals around the world and won numerous awards.

The show is Executive Produced by Nerys Evans for Expectation Entertainment and Kate Daughton is the BBC Commissioning Editor. The producer is Gina Lyons. Nerys, who is the Comedy Creative Director here at Expectation, said: “Kayleigh’s is such a rare and brilliant talent, few writers can be so warm and funny with such heartfelt and difficult subject matter. I’m really thrilled to be working with her on this project, which is all the more special as it’s our first scripted comedy commission for the BBC.”

The Big Narstie Show – Series 1

The first series of The Big Narstie Show aired on Channel 4 this summer.

 

Hosted by grime artist Big Narstie and co-host Mo Gilligan AKA Mo the Comedian, the show blended celebrity guest chats with straight-talking segments on the news of the week, TV, showbiz, trends, and food.

Made by Expectation and Dice Productions, the six-part series was commissioned following a successful pilot filmed earlier this year.

Guests across the series included Ed Sheeran, David Schwimmer, Thandie Newton, Richard Ayoade, Craig David, Not3s, Giggs, Krept and Konan and Lady Leshurr.

The Big Narstie Show was one of Channel 4’s most popular programmes for young audiences. It was up 94% on share of 16-24 years old viewers, up 129% on share for BAME viewers and up 144% on share for black audiences.

Josh Widdicombe Will Make
Your Life Better

Josh Widdicombe Will Make Your Life Better was Expectation’s radio debut. The show, that was part of Radio 2’s Funny Fortnight pilots, asks celebrity guests to pitch inventions and ideas that they believe will make all our lives better. Josh’s guests were comedians Harry Hill and Evelyn Mok, and actor Fay Ripley.

In the show, Josh picks his favourite innovation from our guests offerings with the help of his experts: 19-year-old self-made millionaire Akshay Ruparelia and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and problem solver Dr Lucy Rogers. Between Josh, his guests, his experts and his dedicated focus group – also known as the studio audience – he troubleshoots, critiques and analyses each idea potentially turning an awful invention into a great one.

It’s the show that believes there is no such thing as a bad idea. Although some of the guests seemingly do their best to disprove that notion.

The radio link – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b093b4

1 x 30’ pilot for Radio 2

Dale’s Florida Fly Drive

In one of his last ever TV appearances, the late, great Dale Winton packed his bags, flew across the pond and set off on a magical road trip around his favourite place in America: Florida.

His 1500 mile journey took him everywhere wild, weird and wonderful that the sunshine state has to offer. From the magic of Disney World to the ‘gator infested swamps of the Everglades, from psychic readings in the ‘Spiritual Capital of America’, Cassadaga, to hanging out with the Bodies Beautiful on Muscle Beach, Miami – Dale put his own, charming, unique spin on one of America’s great tourist destinations.

Reggie Yates: Searching for
Grenfell’s Lost Lives

Reggie Yates meets people whose lives have been devastated by the Grenfell fire, as he sets out to tell the story of the disaster from the perspective of those who lived and died in the tower.

With a police investigation and public inquiry examining how and why it happened, Reggie takes a step back to ask who were those people before they became victims of one of Britain’s deadliest fire.

His journey begins at the memorial wall near the base of the tower. It is a community shrine plastered with the faces of missing people. He begins to piece together some of the stories of those commemorated and as the weeks go on, more of them are officially confirmed dead, until the final death toll stands at seventy-one.

Through families and friends Reggie learns about some of the individuals who lost their lives: a young British Moroccan, Yasin El-Wahabi, who was believed to have run back into the tower to save his family; a Filipino woman, Ligaya Moore, whose niece arrives in London to get answers about how her aunt died; a Syrian man, Omar Alhaj Ali, who escaped war with his brother only to see him die in the fire; Tony Disson, a well-known local figure whose family had lived in the area for generations; a 12 year old girl, Jessica Urbano Ramirez, who was one of 18 children to lose their lives.

As a Londoner, and having grown up on a council estate himself, Reggie discovers that these stories aren’t just the stories of individuals, they are the story of a community.

1 x 60’ for BBC.

Game4Grenfell

Game4Grenfell was produced for Sky at breakneck speed: around one month from commission to transmission. Turning the match organised by QPR, Marcus Mumford and Ferdie Unger Hamilton of Columbia Records into a four hour and half hour TV marathon broadcast.

It involved choreographing and booking around 60 celebrities and Ex-Pros including Jose Mourinho, Jamie Dornan, Damian Lewis, Sir Mo Farah, Wretch 32, Jarvis Cocker, Russell Howard, Lee Mack, Olly Murs, Tinie Tempah as well as fire fighters who had attended the blaze and survivors from the tragedy.

There were also celebrity commentators and pundits Matt Lucas, Ian Wright, Alan Davies, and host Adam Hills as well as half-time music performances from Marcus Mumford, Rita Ora, Emeli Sande; and special guests Cheryl Cole, Roy Hodgson, Helen McCrory. The 90 minute football match took place at QPR’s Loftus Road, a stones throw from the scene of the Grenfell tower fire.

The coverage included several moving appeal films that were researched and recorded for the show. These dealt with extremely harrowing subject matter and required the highest levels of sensitivity with the contributors. These films proved remarkably effective in getting viewers to donate. As did some more leftfield comedic methods, such as encouraging viewers to give generously when they spot certain things happening during the game. Be that a goal, or Paul Merson eating a cake on the bench. Adam Hills along with commentators Matt Lucas and Joe Speight did an incredible job of encouraging people to donate. All of this helped the total raised by the Game4Grenfell for the victims and local community organisations reach around the million pound mark.

The 4 and a half hour transmission took time to carefully tell the personal stories of those closest to the tragedy and in the case of one player, surviver Shahin Sedafi airing his awe inispiring pre match team talk. This meant that everything was  set up perfectly so that when there was a little bit of magic – with Shahin scoring a penalty past Jose Mourinho in the deciding penalty shoot out – every viewer knew exactly how much that moment meant to Shahin and the delighted members of the local community who were losing their minds in the terraces. With Jose, a man with a long association with QPR rivals Chelsea, revelling in his role of pantomime villain.

1 x 210’ for Sky One.

Shows

WINNER : The Big Narstie Show wins Best Entertainment Show at the National Reality TV Awards beating the likes of Strictly and Love Island. These awards are voted for by the public.

The Brigade – Coming Soon

This new six-part series for BBC Two, commissioned from Expectation Factual, will take a crew of undiscovered talent from British catering under the leadership of distinguished chef Jason Atherton, and transform their careers, turning them into a Kitchen Brigade to take on the best in the world.

‘Brigade de Cuisine’ or Kitchen Brigade is a 100-year-old hierarchical structure that forms the basis of restaurant kitchens throughout the world. Over six episodes under the guidance of Jason Atherton, this series will test and transform the lives of ten ambitious chefs.

Each week ten chefs will be trained and mentored by Jason as they travel to the heartland of the finest cooking destinations in Europe where they will have a week to immerse themselves in the local culture and learn the local cooking. As the series progresses from country to country the challenges will get tougher and at the end of each week the Brigade will go head-to-head with a rival kitchen in a cook-off.

Along the way, the brigade will live and work together as they attempt to demonstrate the necessary skills and techniques required by Jason’s exacting standards to keep their place in the face of stiff competition, at any time they can be replaced with a reserve Brigade member at Jason’s discretion. Under the guidance of Jason the brigade will aim to become a tight knit team capable of competing with the world’s best.

Jason Atherton said: “Becoming a chef can be a way to change your life. If you are passionate, work hard and learn from the best – you can take on the world.”

Colin Barr, Creative Director, Expectation Factual said: “This series moves back-to-basics, focusing on the theory that the best food is cooked by the best kitchen and driven by the raw energy and spirit of talented chefs. Jason Atherton is an incredible mentor, his knowledge, technical ability and his inspiring attitude make him the perfect chef to lead The Brigade and help change people’s careers by learning how to live the life of a successful chef.”

Produced by Expectation Factual. The Executive Producers are Colin Barr and Dominique Foster, the Series Producer/Director is Graham Sherrington.  It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. It is due to air in 2019. The commissioning editors are Emily Smith and Clare Sillery.

 

Mo Gilligan Show – Coming Soon

Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new comedy entertainment series fronted by comedian Mo Gilligan following his hugely successful Coupla Cans UK tour and highly praised co-hosting skills on The Big Narstie Show.

In the new 6-part series from Expectation and Momo G Ltd, Mo will present his own entertainment show built around his stand up, strands and sketches, filmed in front of a studio audience. The series will launch next year.

With his high-energy style and stunning physicality, Mo has already achieved phenomenal success online, creating his own short form comedy content across a range of platforms with huge viewer engagement. His sketches regularly go viral, trend and are endorsed by some of the most famous names in international music including Drake and Stormzy. Recently named The Funniest Man in Britain by The Times, Mo’s debut live stand up tour has smashed all records selling over 30,000 tickets, with numerous dates selling out in minutes. This new series will harness some of these sketches as well as fun with celebrity guests in a variety of different comedy strands including Mo’s hot takes on pop culture.

Mo Gilligan says, “I used to walk past Channel 4 on the way to school, now I’m extremely happy to have my very own show on a channel that pioneers original comedy.”

Ed Havard, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4, says “Mo has been incredible week in, week out as the co-presenter of The Big Narstie Show and our audiences love him. We can’t wait to work together again on his own series which promises to be one of the highlights of next year.”

Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, adds “It was such a joy working with Mo on the first series of The Big Narstie Show. He’s a brilliant comedian and a total pro, we’re really excited to see what he brings to the table for his first solo outing.

The show commissioned for Channel 4 by Ed Havard, Head of Entertainment with Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment and Becky Cadman, Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment. It will be executive produced by Ben Wicks for Expectation and will be co-produced by Mo Gilligan’s own company Momo G.

The Big Narstie Show – Series 2 & Christmas Special News

Following a successful first outing, Channel 4 has commissioned a Christmas special and a brand new series of The Big Narstie Show, the alternative late night anarchic entertainment show presented by Grime musician Big Narstie and stand-up comedian Mo Gilligan.

The studio series, from Expectation and Dice Productions Entertainment, will feature more celebrity guests and musical performances alongside straight-talking segments on the news of the week, TV, showbiz, trends and food and laugh out loud sketches. With the Christmas Special featuring all that plus some added Christmas flavour and plenty of festive surprises.

Big Narstie said, “If you thought the first series was GASSED this ones gonna be MAJORLY gassed with some intergalactic flavours with base.”

Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 says, “Six episodes of The Big Narstie Show wasn’t quite enough to showcase the inimitable and captivating talents of Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan so we’re delighted to be bringing it back for a second run. Every week of series one was an adventure in itself and I can’t wait to see how series two develops.”

Ben Wicks, the Comedy Entertainment Creative Director at Expectation and Executive Producer, added, “Big Narstie brought so much chaos and charisma to series one – everyone involved in the show is still reeling. He and the outstandingly quick Mo Gilligan have re-energised the chat show and I’m thrilled that thanks to Channel 4 we get to make a second series which will be bigger, bolder and continue the evolution of an on screen duo who love nothing more than pausing any interview to slam each other, with the guest looking on, in bits. This is 100% what TV should be. Bring on series two.”

Obi Kevin Abudike and Nathan Brown, Joint MDs of Dice Productions Entertainment said, “Making The Big Narstie Show was a great experience – in series 1 we made history and with the next, we want to leave a legacy!”

Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls

In this surprising and entertaining new series for BBC Two, have-a-go hero Ed travelled to the heart of Trumpland, America’s Deep South, to immerse himself in the lives of those who put Trump in power, and learn how this reality TV businessman won them over.

In the same week that Donald Trump became leader of the free world, Ed Balls’ salsa to Gangnam Style took the country by storm. As entertainment heavyweight Trump, was moving into politics, Ed was making the same journey in reverse.

Ed walks a mile in the shoes of those he meets – whether it’s Confederate flag-flying rednecks, Trump’s newly empowered immigration officers, victims of the Parkland school shooting, or the President’s inner circle of millionaire friends – to find out if they think Trump is delivering on his promises to fix America, despite the chaos and controversies of his administration so far.

A long way from home and his own politics, Ed is determined to find out how Trump tapped into the US psyche and what his popularity tells us about today’s American values.

The Bridget Christie Television Programme

At the tender age of 46, multi award-winning stand-up comedian Bridget Christie is making her much anticipated debut television pilot for Channel 4.

The Bridget Christie Television Programme is a 30-minute show, produced by Expectation which will see Bridget look at the state of the world in an innovative format that takes in stand-up, monologues, sketches and reinvented archive.

Creative Director of Comedy here at Expectation Entertainment, Nerys Evans said: “It’s such a rare privilege to work with a comedian as gifted as Bridget, especially on her first solo Television project. We’re so excited to bring her funny and insightful view on the world to a new audience.”

Bridget Christie said: “I am absolutely overjoyed to have been given my first TV break at the tender age of 46.  I’ve decided to film the stand-up sections of the show in the round because lots of you have only seen me from the front and have been wondering what my bum is like, or even if I have one at all. This television programme will hopefully give me the opportunity to increase my live ticket sales whilst at the same time putting any suspicion or doubt as to the existence of my bum to bed, once and for all.”

In My Skin

Expectation has been commissioned by BBC 3 to produce it’s first scripted comedy slice, In My Skin.

Written by rising screenwriting star Kayleigh Llewellyn, In My Skin is a darkly comic, coming of age story about Bethan Gwyndaf, a 16-year-old girl who tells a lot of lies.  The one-off slice gives a raw and accurate portrayal of growing up in Wales today, holding up a mirror to the state of the nation. There’s heartache, and laughs, and shame, and sometimes an almost too-hard-to-look quality as we revisit the pain of adolescence.

Kayleigh Llewellyn’s career began when she won the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Writing award in 2012 with Matthew Barry. Since then she has been named as a Broadcast Hot Shot and in 2016 she was selected as one of six LGBTQ filmmakers for the BFI Flare Mentorship Programme where she is being mentored by Abi Morgan. Kayleigh is currently writing Americons for Sky1 with Catherine Tate, which will star Catherine alongside David Tennant. Kayleigh also has two original projects in development with Bad Wolf in the UK and the US, and a comedy series in development with Abi Morgan’s production company Little Chick and 42. Kayleigh’s other credits include writing on Stella (Sky1) and Casualty (BBC1), and her short film Oh-Be-Joyful has screened at film festivals around the world and won numerous awards.

The show is Executive Produced by Nerys Evans for Expectation Entertainment and Kate Daughton is the BBC Commissioning Editor. The producer is Gina Lyons. Nerys, who is the Comedy Creative Director here at Expectation, said: “Kayleigh’s is such a rare and brilliant talent, few writers can be so warm and funny with such heartfelt and difficult subject matter. I’m really thrilled to be working with her on this project, which is all the more special as it’s our first scripted comedy commission for the BBC.”

The Big Narstie Show – Series 1

The first series of The Big Narstie Show aired on Channel 4 this summer.

 

Hosted by grime artist Big Narstie and co-host Mo Gilligan AKA Mo the Comedian, the show blended celebrity guest chats with straight-talking segments on the news of the week, TV, showbiz, trends, and food.

Made by Expectation and Dice Productions, the six-part series was commissioned following a successful pilot filmed earlier this year.

Guests across the series included Ed Sheeran, David Schwimmer, Thandie Newton, Richard Ayoade, Craig David, Not3s, Giggs, Krept and Konan and Lady Leshurr.

The Big Narstie Show was one of Channel 4’s most popular programmes for young audiences. It was up 94% on share of 16-24 years old viewers, up 129% on share for BAME viewers and up 144% on share for black audiences.

Josh Widdicombe Will Make
Your Life Better

Josh Widdicombe Will Make Your Life Better was Expectation’s radio debut. The show, that was part of Radio 2’s Funny Fortnight pilots, asks celebrity guests to pitch inventions and ideas that they believe will make all our lives better. Josh’s guests were comedians Harry Hill and Evelyn Mok, and actor Fay Ripley.

In the show, Josh picks his favourite innovation from our guests offerings with the help of his experts: 19-year-old self-made millionaire Akshay Ruparelia and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and problem solver Dr Lucy Rogers. Between Josh, his guests, his experts and his dedicated focus group – also known as the studio audience – he troubleshoots, critiques and analyses each idea potentially turning an awful invention into a great one.

It’s the show that believes there is no such thing as a bad idea. Although some of the guests seemingly do their best to disprove that notion.

The radio link – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b093b4

1 x 30’ pilot for Radio 2

Dale’s Florida Fly Drive

In one of his last ever TV appearances, the late, great Dale Winton packed his bags, flew across the pond and set off on a magical road trip around his favourite place in America: Florida.

His 1500 mile journey took him everywhere wild, weird and wonderful that the sunshine state has to offer. From the magic of Disney World to the ‘gator infested swamps of the Everglades, from psychic readings in the ‘Spiritual Capital of America’, Cassadaga, to hanging out with the Bodies Beautiful on Muscle Beach, Miami – Dale put his own, charming, unique spin on one of America’s great tourist destinations.

Reggie Yates: Searching for
Grenfell’s Lost Lives

Reggie Yates meets people whose lives have been devastated by the Grenfell fire, as he sets out to tell the story of the disaster from the perspective of those who lived and died in the tower.

With a police investigation and public inquiry examining how and why it happened, Reggie takes a step back to ask who were those people before they became victims of one of Britain’s deadliest fire.

His journey begins at the memorial wall near the base of the tower. It is a community shrine plastered with the faces of missing people. He begins to piece together some of the stories of those commemorated and as the weeks go on, more of them are officially confirmed dead, until the final death toll stands at seventy-one.

Through families and friends Reggie learns about some of the individuals who lost their lives: a young British Moroccan, Yasin El-Wahabi, who was believed to have run back into the tower to save his family; a Filipino woman, Ligaya Moore, whose niece arrives in London to get answers about how her aunt died; a Syrian man, Omar Alhaj Ali, who escaped war with his brother only to see him die in the fire; Tony Disson, a well-known local figure whose family had lived in the area for generations; a 12 year old girl, Jessica Urbano Ramirez, who was one of 18 children to lose their lives.

As a Londoner, and having grown up on a council estate himself, Reggie discovers that these stories aren’t just the stories of individuals, they are the story of a community.

1 x 60’ for BBC.

Game4Grenfell

Game4Grenfell was produced for Sky at breakneck speed: around one month from commission to transmission. Turning the match organised by QPR, Marcus Mumford and Ferdie Unger Hamilton of Columbia Records into a four hour and half hour TV marathon broadcast.

It involved choreographing and booking around 60 celebrities and Ex-Pros including Jose Mourinho, Jamie Dornan, Damian Lewis, Sir Mo Farah, Wretch 32, Jarvis Cocker, Russell Howard, Lee Mack, Olly Murs, Tinie Tempah as well as fire fighters who had attended the blaze and survivors from the tragedy.

There were also celebrity commentators and pundits Matt Lucas, Ian Wright, Alan Davies, and host Adam Hills as well as half-time music performances from Marcus Mumford, Rita Ora, Emeli Sande; and special guests Cheryl Cole, Roy Hodgson, Helen McCrory. The 90 minute football match took place at QPR’s Loftus Road, a stones throw from the scene of the Grenfell tower fire.

The coverage included several moving appeal films that were researched and recorded for the show. These dealt with extremely harrowing subject matter and required the highest levels of sensitivity with the contributors. These films proved remarkably effective in getting viewers to donate. As did some more leftfield comedic methods, such as encouraging viewers to give generously when they spot certain things happening during the game. Be that a goal, or Paul Merson eating a cake on the bench. Adam Hills along with commentators Matt Lucas and Joe Speight did an incredible job of encouraging people to donate. All of this helped the total raised by the Game4Grenfell for the victims and local community organisations reach around the million pound mark.

The 4 and a half hour transmission took time to carefully tell the personal stories of those closest to the tragedy and in the case of one player, surviver Shahin Sedafi airing his awe inispiring pre match team talk. This meant that everything was  set up perfectly so that when there was a little bit of magic – with Shahin scoring a penalty past Jose Mourinho in the deciding penalty shoot out – every viewer knew exactly how much that moment meant to Shahin and the delighted members of the local community who were losing their minds in the terraces. With Jose, a man with a long association with QPR rivals Chelsea, revelling in his role of pantomime villain.

1 x 210’ for Sky One.

Read our Privacy Policy
© 2018 Expectation Entertainment Ltd. All rights reserved.