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WINNER : In My Skin wins the award for best Television Drama at the BAFTA Cymru Awards 2019.

AWARD NOMINATIONS: Expectation has received three RTS Awards Nominations; Mo Gilligan on The Lateish Show (Entertainment Performance), the Lemn Sissy documentary “Superkids: Breaking Away From Care” (Arts) and Neil Forsyth who has received recognition for his writing of Guilt, the BBC Scotland/BBC2 drama.

The Steph Show – Channel 4

Steph McGovern to present The Steph Show on Channel 4

The Steph Show will air from 12-1pm, with McGovern kicking off by celebrating the everyday heroes who are keeping the nation moving. She will also share ideas on how to fill your time while self-isolating all from her Yorkshire home.

The new programme will be a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and light current affairs as Steph meets a variety of guests from the worlds of showbiz, politics and beyond. Steph will be joined by a different, well-known co-host each week for a lively look at the topics of the day, as well as consumer affairs, fun features and lots of interaction with the viewers – all filmed in front of a live audience.

The Steph Show is to be produced by Expectation in partnership with West Yorkshire-based Can Can Productions. It will be executive produced by Can Can MD Rebecca Papworth who previously established Hat Trick North, was an executive producer at BBC Comedy North and launched the Salford Sitcom Showcase.

Steph McGovern said: “I’m really chuffed to be creating my own live show with Channel 4 in Leeds. It’s going to be nerve-wracking, but there’s nothing I love more than finding out what makes people tick, whether it’s a famous face or someone we haven’t met yet who has a cracking story to tell. This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started next year. Just a small matter of having a baby first!”

Jo Street, Head of Daytime, Channel 4, said: “Getting Steph to present the brand new live daytime show is the best possible way to start my Channel 4 adventure. Steph is a brilliant broadcaster with great intelligence, warmth and wit… and a good measure of cheek and mischief as well. She embodies all the qualities I want Channel 4 Daytime to be – and I know Steph is going to do a fantastic job as we start a daily conversation with our audience.

“Broadcasting this new show live from Leeds is an important moment for Channel 4 as we further cement our commitment to out-of-London commissioning and showcase the home of our new national HQ.”

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4, added: “Steph is one of the warmest, smartest and funniest talents on British TV and I’m thrilled she’s joining Channel 4. She’ll deliver a massive dose of energy and fun to our schedules and kickstart the Channel 4 day.”

Rebecca Papworth, Managing Director, Can Can Productions, said: “It was always a coup getting the brilliant Steph McGovern involved with our bid, so we could not be happier to be working with Steph, Channel 4 and from the wonderful City of Leeds. Roll on 2020!”

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment, Expectation commented: “We are beyond thrilled to be making a daily show for Channel 4 from Leeds, and even more thrilled to be making it with Steph. She is an absolute delight to work with and has a warmth, playfulness and irreverence that perfectly embodies the spirt of Channel 4. This is a massive opportunity to make a show that we hope will become as channel defining as The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday once were, and we couldn’t be more honoured and excited.”

The Steph Show was commissioned by Jo Street, Channel 4’s Head of Daytime. It will be made by Expectation in partnership with Can Can Productions. Ben Wicks will executive produce for Expectation, alongside Rebecca Papworth for Can Can Productions.

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Murder 24/7 – BBC Two

Filmed with Essex Police, this brand new series follows murder investigations in real time, following every decision and every lead, minute by minute, from the critical first few days right through to arrest and conviction.

Across three murder cases, spanning five episodes and stripped across two weeks, Murder 24/7 will take viewers behind the blue line to the heart of the police investigation in an unprecedented level of detail.

Detectives, senior investigating officers, manhunt specialists, blood spatter analysts, dog handlers, interviewing officers, crime scene managers, phone analysts, and lawyers are just some of the specialists from the vast team of experts who must work together to solve the crime.

Gripping and dramatic, Murder 24/7 will follow the twists and turns, dead ends and breakthroughs of complex murder investigations in real time. Forensic work at the crime scene, interviews with witnesses, trawling CCTV, analysing mobile phones, executing search warrants, and hunting down suspects, no stone is left unturned in the race to catch the killer.

Episode one follows the investigation into the murder of 36 year-old Courtney Valentine-Brown, who was found stabbed in a flat in in Southend-on-Sea. The episode spans the critical first two days of the investigation, as the senior investigating officer and his team of detectives and specialists work around the clock to catch the killers.

The Redknapps’ Weekend Warm Up – Sky

Expectation has been commissioned by Sky to produce a new entertainment series with football legends, Jamie and Harry Redknapp. 

The Redknapps’ Weekend Warm Up (w/t), is a new 6 x 60 entertainment series with father and son duo, Harry and Jamie Redknapp, teaming up for their first TV project together alongside comedian Tom Davis.

The new series will be hosted by football and entertainment star, Jamie Redknapp, his dad, footy legend and national treasure, Harry Redknapp, and his best mate, BAFTA-winning comedian, Tom Davis.

The player, Jamie, the manager, Harry, and the fan, Tom are inviting the biggest and best names in show business and sport to join them, and a lively audience, for an evening packed full of laughter, topical football talk, celebrity chat, and thoroughly entertaining VTs – as well as Harry’s unique anecdotes.

Jamie Redknapp said: “When the opportunity came along to work with two of my favourite people I couldn’t refuse. Big T is one of my favourite comedians and of course my Dad knows how to crack a joke too. I’m looking forward to getting started and letting you all have a laugh along with us.”

Harry Redknapp said: “When Jamie asked me to join him on his new chat show, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been watching my son’s work in A League of Their Own and as a pundit on Sky Sports for a long time and wanted to work with him, along with Tom Davis.”

Tom Davis added: “Who wouldn’t want to be involved in a show featuring two football legends? Until that day comes I’m chuffed to be working with Harry and Jamie on their Weekend Warm Up. The boys are always a laugh and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment at Expectation, said:

“We are beyond delighted to be working with the wonderful people at Sky on the ultimate show for people who love football and love comedy. Starring legendary player Jamie Redknapp, legendary manager Harry Redknapp and Britain’s funniest football fan, AKA legendary BAFTA winning comedian Tom Davis. Jamie and Harry are warm, sharp and utterly hilarious together and Tom fits in the family banter so well I can see Harry adopting him, once the transfer-window re-opens.

Redknapp’s Weekend Warm Up was devised by Jamie Redknapp and Expectation, and commissioned by Phil Edgar Jones, Sky’s Director of Arts and Entertainment. Shirley Jones is the commissioning editor for Sky. It will be produced by Expectation with executive producers Ben Wicks and Aaron Morgan, series producer Genna Gibson and talent executives Louisa McKay and Zak Ooma.

 

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable – UKTV

UKTV’s award-winning entertainment channel Dave, has commissioned UKTV Original Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (8×60’), a comedy format which will air later this year.

Produced by Expectation, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable invites three celebrity guests along to Mel’s confessional each week to find out who’s committed sins that are so bad that they should be declared ‘unforgivable’. The competitive comedians will dare to sin it, to win it.

Mel Giedroyc said, “I’m thrilled that the wonderful people at Dave have asked me to host Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable. It would be strange if they hadn’t asked me because my name is in the title. Anyway…in the show I’ll be leading a competitive confessional where only the celebrity or comic who admits to the worst behaviour can win. I intend to lead from the front by dropping in a few of my own misdemeanours to get the ball rolling, and I only hope it’s as fun to watch as it is to host! Though I also hope that anyone I’ve wronged and doesn’t yet know it, doesn’t watch Dave.”

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is commissioned by Hilary Rosen, UKTV deputy director of comissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment and Luke Hales, Dave channel director. The series is ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre manager, comedy and entertainment.  Executive producer for Expectation is Ben Wicks, Hilary will executive produce for UKTV. Dominic Wells-Martin will series produce.

Hilary Rosen said, “I’m delighted that Mel is fronting this deliciously wicked, and very funny new format. She is uniquely good at getting comedians and celebrities to reveal their darkest and most shameful secrets and we are looking forward to sharing them with the Dave audience.”

Luke Hales added, “We (Dave) are committed to becoming the home of the best comic talent in the uk and this marks another brilliant and exciting step in that direction. We love Mel G, we know how funny, warm and brilliant she is from working with her on Taskmaster and knew we wanted to work with her more. We are so glad Hilary, Expectation and Mel brought this idea to us and we knew from the filthy and very very funny run-through we had found something special. I can’t wait to see this series as I already know it will become a firm favourite in my household and amongst our lovely viewers.”

Ben Wicks, executive producer, Expectation, said, “We are elated that Dave have jumped at the chance to get comic legend Mel Geidroyc to perform a vital public service: deciding which of Britain’s funniest and most entertaining people are the biggest wrong uns. By starting each show with some of her own hilarious misdemeanors, she ensures guests fall over themselves to reveal ever wilder indscretions. We’ve loved playing and watching it, and hope it will go on to be adored by the Dave audience and the police alike.”

 

Alma’s Not Normal – BBC Two

BBC Two comedy pilot, Alma’s Not Normal has started filming on location in Bolton.

The 30-minute New on Two comedy pilot for BBC Two, is produced by Expectation and written and starring Sophie Willan, who won the BBC’s inaugural Caroline Aherne Bursary Award in 2018. Sophie is also Executive Producer.

 

Set in her home town of Bolton, Sophie draws on her own unusual life experiences for Alma’s Not Normal, offering a truly authentic comic voice to the pilot. It follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

With no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, Alma decides to become an escort to support her dreams of becoming a star and leaving Bolton. Meanwhile, Alma’s mother Lin battles with both her addiction to heroin and her troubled relationship with her own mother Joan with the same chaotic fervour. Having only just discovered feminism and sexual liberation, Alma’s vampish Grandma Joan, must contend with her daughter suddenly moving in with her.

Sophie Willan plays Alma and is joined by: Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley/ Downton Abbey) as her mum Lin; Lorraine Ashbourne (The Crown/ Cheat) playing her Nan Joan and Jayde Adams (Crazy Delicious) is Sophie’s best friend, Leanne. James Baxter (Still Open all Hours/ Emmerdale) plays Anthony, Alma’s ex boyfriend.

Nerys Evans, Creative Director of Comedy, Expectation and Executive Producer, said: “It’s testament to the quality of Sophie’s writing that we’ve managed to attract such a strong cast to play alongside her. In the wonderfully skilled hands of Producer Gill Isles, and director Andrew Chaplin, this feels like a very special show in the making.”

Alma’s Not Normal is an Expectation production for BBC Two. The Executive Producer for Expectation is Nerys Evans and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

Alma’s Not Normal is Sophie Willan’s much anticipated debut TV pilot for BBC Two and is directed by Andrew Chaplin (Game Face, Witless) and produced by Gill Isles (Peter Kay’s Car Share, Detectorists, Man Like Mobeen).

 

 

 

About the writer: Sophie Willan is a Bolton born writer and comedian. She has appeared on Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Click and Collect (BBC One), The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4) is a series regular in Still Open All

Alternative Election Night – Channel 4

Channel 4 is hosting a live eight-hour Alternative Election Night show on Thursday, 12th December.

Produced by ITN Productions and Expectation, the coverage will be hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Katherine Ryan along with Rylan Clark-Neal who will be sense-checking results with a specially invited studio audience.

Throughout the night Krishnan, Katherine and Rylan will be joined by an eclectic mix of the country’s biggest political figures and sharpest comedic talent to tell the dramatic story as it unfolds, with top-class analysis and some much-needed laughs.

Clare Balding will have the results as they happen, Matt Forde will run the Alternative News Desk and the inimitable Rob Rinder will be out and about assessing the mood on the ground.

Also In the studio will be exclusive heavyweight political guests including ex-Home Secretary Amber Rudd and former Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who will give their take on developments along with a host of comedians including Sophie Willan and Tez Ilyas, candidates and political bigwigs.

Channel 4 News Political Editor Gary Gibbon will have all the breaking news and detailed analysis. And a team of correspondents will be stationed at the most important counts to assess exactly what’s going on up and down the country, as the worlds of politics and comedy come together for what is set to be one of the most explosive and momentous nights in our modern history.

Included from Channel 4 News will be Andy Davies, Clare Fallon, Ciaran Jenkins, Victoria MacDonald, Fatima Manji, Darshna Soni and Alex Thomson.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy said;  “This is the night that could change everything. It will determine the course of our lives on Brexit and everything else beyond. There will be shocks, upsets, tears and laughter and I can’t wait to share the most exciting election night I can remember with this hugely impressive, funny and insightful gang of political obsessives and wits that Channel 4 have assembled.  Let’s hope results night is when it gets sensational and surprising”

Katherine Ryan added; “I always stay up to watch the general elections and I hope to inject some insight and humour along with Krishnan Guru-Murthy throughout December 12th’s harrowing vigil.”

Rylan Clark-Neal continued  “I can’t wait to get involved in what will no doubt be an unpredictable night where anything can happen. Who would have thought that as an X-Factor reject I would be hosting election night!”

Louisa Compton, Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs said: “The Alternative Election will be distinctive, fresh and very entertaining.  The combination of ITN Productions and Expectation means our coverage will offer up the perfect mix of two political heavyweights who’ve just walked out of front-line politics as well some great comedians and entertainers.

“Voters will be at the heart of the programme with audience reaction to all the key moments. I can’t think of a more exciting – and eclectic – cast list than Krish Guru-Murthy, Katherine Ryan, Rylan, Clare Balding, Amber Rudd and Tom Watson.”

 

Why Dad Killed Mum: My Family’s Secret – BBC Three

Why Dad Killed Mum: My Family’s Secret, a 3 x 30’ for BBC Three. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, whilst he was Controller of BBC Three, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Emily Smith. The Executive Producer at Expectation is Ruth Kelly and Production Manager is Lizzie Murray. The Producer/ Director is Lila Allen.

Tasnim Lowe was 16 months old when her dad set her mum’s home in Telford alight. Before he set the house on fire, he carried baby Tasnim to safety, placing her under an apple tree in the garden. Tasnim’s mum, grandmother and aunt were all killed in the blaze. Lucy Lowe, Tasnim’s mum, was just 16 years old. Despite denying his guilt, Azhar Ali Mehmood, Tasnim’s dad, was given a life sentence for triple murder.

Tasnim’s dad has served 18 years in jail. He is now eligible for release and Tasnim, now 19 years old, has been asked to bring her opinion to the parole board. Tasnim wants answers about why her dad killed her mum. Her search takes her back to the late 90’s as she dives into local newspaper archives and court transcripts from her dad’s trial to begin to try to understand his motive. She discovers a shocking truth that takes her deep into a secret that rocked a community.

Ruth Kelly, Executive Producer for Expectation, says: “We are incredibly proud of our first factual series to broadcast on BBC Three and BBC One. It’s an important story of a remarkable young woman, made by a first-time female director told across three films. Championing new talent and new forms of storytelling is what we want to be doing at Expectation and BBC Three is one of the most exciting places to do that.”

Emily Smith, Commissioning Editor says: “Tasnim has shown great bravery in sharing such a sensitive and personal journey. In doing so, Tasnim brings focus to a story that is not only significant to her and her family, but to a whole community and one which it is important to hear.”

I Bought The Farm – Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video announces I Bought The Farm, the exclusive solo TV protect from The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson. 

Filmed over the course of the farming year, and produced with Expectation, the eight part Amazon Original series will reveal The Grand Tour presenter as he’s never been seen before.

Amazon has confirmed that I Bought The Farm [working title], an eight part series following The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run his very own 1000-acre working farm in the heart of the British countryside, is in production.

Beginning in Autumn 2019 and filmed over the course of one farming year Prime Video’s exclusive series, I Bought The Farm [working title] will observe the highs and lows of what Jeremy hopes will be a rural idyll but could just as easily become a rustic nightmare. Jeremy, a self-confessed “inept townie” with zero agricultural knowledge will, along with some help, try to set up a viable working farm in modern day rural Britain.

Following the success of The Grand Tour, which is one of Amazon’s most-watched shows worldwide, Clarkson’s new Amazon Original eight part series will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. The greenlight announcement follows Amazon’s December 2018 news that The Grand Tour presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and Executive Producer Andy Wilman had been signed for individual projects in addition to more The Grand Tour, with the first of the epic GT road trip adventure specials launching later this year.

Jeremy Clarkson can be seen on his farm in an exclusive video posted this morning where he commented, “Good news! I can finally confirm that I’m going to be spending the next year, in the rain, making a show about farming for Amazon Prime.

Of course to be a farmer you have to be an agronomist, a businessman, a politician, an accountant, a vet, and a mechanic. And I’m… none of those things. I don’t even know what agronomist means.”

“Jeremy is one of Britain’s finest exports and I think I speak for the entire nation when I say I can’t wait to see what will happen when he turns his usually petrol-covered hands to life on a working farm,” said Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Original Series. “We’re excited to bring this latest UK produced Amazon Original series to Prime Video viewers around the world next year. Wishing you lots of luck Jeremy… what could possibly go wrong?”

Peter Fincham, Co-CEO Expectation, said: “I’m excited to be one of Jeremy’s farm hands. He’s really passionate about farming, and tractors, and all the other stuff that he thinks he knows about. This series will showcase a new, wiser, muddier Jeremy than we’ve seen before. Can’t wait.”

I Bought The Farm [working title] is an Amazon Original series, produced in the UK. It will be produced by Expectation and executive produced by Peter Fincham.  The Senior Producer is The Grand Tour’s Andy Wilman and the Series Director is Gavin Whitehead.

 

Killed By My Fame (working title) – BBC Three

Expectation Factual has secured a compelling one-off factual drama, Killed By My Fame for BBC Three.

Written by broadcaster and director Reggie Yates, Killed by My Fame is a gripping and revealing factual drama which shines a light on the brutal side of reality TV, exploring the impact it has on participants, including instant fame, toxic masculinity, social media and suicide.

Reality TV has never had a higher profile and during the weeks and months these shows grace our screens, the stars of these programmes become constant companions. They are a real-life cast of people’s princesses and pantomime villains, serving up daily drama for viewers’ entertainment.

In a year when the DCMS launched an enquiry into reality TV’s duty of care to potentially “vulnerable” participants, this 60-minute film takes a look at what really happens behind closed doors. It reflects on the making and breaking of a reality star and examines what we really know about these people whose fame is borne out of sharing their lives with millions of people every week.

From how these programmes are produced, to the role of the tabloid media, TV viewers and social media commentators, this coming of age story is a parable for our time and asks: what happens to reality TV stars once the cameras stop rolling?

Reggie Yates said: “Growing up in television I’ve continued to be fascinated by the evolution of reality TV. I’ve often questioned how affecting whirlwind fame can become once the cameras are gone. All too often the audience sees the glamour and popularity that comes with being in the public eye, but in this drama we explore the true impact instant fame can have. I’m delighted to be partnering with BBC Three for my television writing debut and having a further creative voice as an executive producer.”

Colin Barr, Creative Director, Factual & Factual Drama, Expectation said: “Love it or hate it, Reality TV is unmissable. It’s part of our cultural DNA and is shaping this generation’s perceptions of race, gender and sexuality. But at what price? “Killed by my Fame” will use drama to explore the reality of “reality” and the dark side of sudden fame.”

Killed by My Famewas commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries and is being Executive Producer by Colin Barr for Expectation and Reggie Yates

Alma’s Not Normal – BBC Two

Alma’s Not Normal is a 30-minute New on Two comedy pilot for BBC Two, made by Expectation and written by and starring Sophie Willan, who won the BBC’s inaugural Caroline Aherne Bursary Award in 2018.

Set in her home town of Bolton, Sophie draws on her own unusual life experiences for Alma’s Not Normal, offering a truly authentic comic voice to the pilot. It follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

With no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, Alma decides to become an escort to support her dreams of becoming a star and leaving Bolton. Meanwhile, Alma’s mother Lin battles with both her addiction to heroin and her troubled relationship with her own mother Joan with the same chaotic fervour. Having only just discovered feminism and sexual liberation, Alma’s vampish Grandma Joan, must contend with her daughter suddenly moving in with her.

Alma’s Not Normal offers a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. It celebrates women dealing with the hand they were dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams. It explores the darker side of life but with genuine warmth and laugh out loud results.

Nerys Evans, Creative Director of Comedy, Expectation said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Sophie on her first narrative comedy. It’s been such a rewarding process working with her on the script. She has such a unique view of the world and has wonderfully funny bones. I can’t wait to see Alma come to life.”

Sophie Willian said: “I’m so incredibly excited to be delivering my pilot for BBC Two. It is a dream come true! I’m really proud of the script and can’t wait to share my world and characters with everyone!”

Filming will take place in Manchester and Bolton and further casting details will be announced in due course.

Alma’s Not Normal is an Expectation production for BBC Two. The Executive Producer for Expectation is Nerys Evans and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America – BBC Two

A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America, 2×60, for BBC Two, is made by Expectation Factual Productions. The Executive Producer is Colin Barr. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries.

In 2016 outside a convenience store in Portland, Oregon, Russel Courtier, a member of white supremacist gang European Kindred, ran over and killed Larnell Bruce, a young black man, with his car. Shortly afterwards, CCTV footage of the incident went viral and shocked America, not just because of its brutality, but because of the question at its heart: was Larnell Bruce killed because he was black?

In search of an answer Bafta award winning Mobeen Azhar travels to Oregon to follow the trial for a new BBC Two two-part series – A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America. The more time he spends in Portland, the clearer it becomes that the case is part of a much bigger story about race, white supremacy and racial tensions in America today.

As he delves deep into the heart of America’s far right movement Mobeen comes face to face with neo-Nazis, armed campaigners who say they are simply ‘patriots’ as well as members and former members of white supremacist European Kindred prison gang. All roads eventually lead into the racially-segregated American prison system, which gave birth to European Kindred. In the tradition of large Californian gangs such as Aryan Brotherhood, European Kindred controls the white side of the prison yard. At every twist and turn of the trial Mobeen pursues his own investigation also talking to some witnesses to the killing and getting to know the families of the defendant and the victim.

In the meantime, the jury is asked to decide whether Larnell Bruce was killed because he was black, and the state of Oregon – and America as a whole – awaits a verdict that is now as much about decades of racial injustice as it is the death of one young man.

 

Colin Barr, Exec Producer, Expectation Factual Productions, says: “A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America started as an investigation into the killing of one young man but became a journey into something much darker and more sinister. Following Mobeen into the heart of America’s violent white supremacist gangs is a troubling, frightening experience but few people could handle it with such fearlessness and journalistic rigour.”

Mobeen Azhar, says: “The death of Larnell Bruce was tragic. The scars of racial injustice still run deep across America and his story gives us an opportunity to ask some uncomfortable and important questions about race relations in the US. I saw first-hand how polarised the discussion of race has become. And spending time behind bars with white supremacist gang members showed me how the prison system could be contributing to a more racially segregated society. I hope this series can shed more light into a dark world of white supremacists and other forces that are at play in driving people apart in America today.”

The Tez O’Clock Show – Channel 4

One of the most exciting break out stars in British comedy, Tez Ilyas, joins Channel 4 this summer with The Tez O’Clock Show, a late-night satirical comedy show… that is TRULY anti-establishment – it’s hosted by a northern working-class British-Asian-Muslim.

Comedian Tez Ilyas presents a fast-paced mix of stand-up, sketches and studio antics. Filmed in Manchester with a combination of comedians and celebrity guests, this hilarious and subversive show will blow the cobwebs off TV satire and prove once and for all that it’s possible to joke about anyone and anything without getting cancelled.

Crashing into the studio show will be parodies, sketches and news bulletins from the Pakistani Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), starring Man Like Mobeen’s Guz Khan and comedian Sindhu Vee, which will provide a satirical take on the news and show Britain (and the West) in a very different light.

The fast paced 3 x 60’ show, airing at 11pm each Thursday from 25th July is made exclusively for Channel 4 by Expectation and Ilyas’ own company Pious Productions. It will be filmed each week at Manchester’s MediaCityUK in front of a live studio audience.

Tez Ilyas says: “OMA! This is proper surreal man. Thank you Channel 4 for this massive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of giants. Mama! We did it mama! I can’t wait for everyone to see it.. I hope y’all are ready for my silly, smart and subversive take on the world <raising hands emoji> Seriously though… you don’t understand! This is the show I’ve always dreamed of doing (after Blue Peter obvs).”

Karen Murdoch, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Channel 4 said: “Tez Ilyas is an incredibly exciting talent, and we are thrilled to have him on Channel 4. With all the political shenanigans going on in the UK and the world in general, it feels particularly timely to be launching a brand new satire show, hosted by such a smart and fresh new voice.”

The Tez O’clock Show(3 x 60’ w/t) was commissioned by Syeda Irtizaali and Karen Murdoch, Commissioning Editors, Entertainment, Channel 4. Ben Wicks is the Creative Director, Comedy and Entertainment for Expectation. The series will air on Channel 4 every Thursday for three weeks from 25th July this year.

 

In My Skin – BBC Three and BBC Wales

BBC Three and BBC Wales confirm brand new comedy series In My Skin

The joint commission of this unique new comedy In My Skin comes following the standalone pilot which premiered as a Comedy Slice for BBC Three last year.

From Expectation, In My Skin (4 x 30’) is a new dark comedy series from writer Kayleigh Llewellyn, who has mined her own experiences to create this coming of age story about a teenage girl leading a double life.

Picking up from where the 2018 pilot left off, we follow Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) as she desperately tries to keep the truth of her home life a secret from her friends. But when your mother (Jo Hartley) is sectioned in a mental facility near your school and has a penchant for breaking out, and your father is a Hell’s Angel who drives a rag and bone truck — flying under the radar ain’t so easy. Nevertheless, Bethan is determined to save her own blushes. But her cheek and wit can only carry her so far as she digs herself deeper and deeper in to a hole of her own lies.

Along the way there are lesbian infatuations, tough love from her nana, and non-stop interferences from her bulldozer teacher who is always on her case.

It’s funny, raw and heartbreaking at times as we vicariously relive our adolescence through Bethan; the confusing, intoxicating, painful mess of it all.

Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales, says: “The reaction to In My Skin has been stunning. Gabrielle Creevy’s performance as Bethan, a funny, sassy, melancholy teen enduring a unique coming-of-age experience, is profoundly moving. Kayleigh, who wrote the piece based on her own experiences growing up in Cardiff, has to be one of the sharpest observers of family life in Britain today. It’s the best news that this pilot will soon be a series.”

Nerys Evans, Creative Director for Comedy at Expectation, says: “I’m so excited to be making more of In My Skin for the BBC. We’ve been so lucky to gather such a talented cast together, bringing Kayleigh’s fantastic writing to life. I can’t wait to see what Kayleigh has in store for us over the series.”

Kayleigh Llewellyn, says: “I’m thrilled to be working with the BBC and our exceptional cast and creative team from the pilot to continue telling Bethan’s story. It’s one close to my own heart, and I hope in some way we can help to chip away at the shame that so often surrounds mental illness.”

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, added: “In My Skin heralds a bright new comedic voice in Kayleigh who paints an unvarnished, complex and truthful coming-of-age story full of heart and humour.  The ambition of the writing has been matched through the alchemy of casting, setting and production to offer the BBC Three audience up something wholly original and truly sublime.”

Filming will begin later this year.

In My Skin is an Expectation production written and created by Kayleigh Llewellyn. The series will be directed by Lucy Forbes (End Of the F***king World 2, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe), executive produced by Nerys Evans (Intelligence, French and Saunders, Miranda) and produced by Sophie Francis (15 Days, Casualty). In My Skin was ordered by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three and Nick Andrews for BBC Wales. The Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Kate Daughton and Paul Forde.

The Rob Rinder Verdict – Channel 4

The Rob Rinder Verdict will see Rinder cast his perceptive eye as he gives his authored and no nonsense take on current events. Mixing his razor-sharp legal mind and hilarious hot takes, Rob will satirically dissect what exactly is going on with the world today and searching for the elusive things that might make Britain a better place.

Accompanied by a host of celebrity guests, we’ll see Rob delve deep into current news stories, viral trends and talking points aplenty. Well-known for his uncompromising opinions, the series will put Rob in fish-out-of-water scenarios, taking on other worlds outside his usual comfort zone and experiencing conflicting perceptions.

The Rob Rinder Verdict follows Rinder’s end-of-year review show for Channel 4 in December 2018, Rob Rinder’s Good Year Bad Year. The one-hour special saw Rinder sharply review the biggest moments of the year to judge whether it had been a ‘good’ or ‘bad year’.

Rob Rinder said, “I am thrilled beyond belief that Channel 4 have entrusted sorting out the world into my normal sized hands. Given the state of the current global leaders, this feels exactly right, and I look forward to the controversy of considering both sides of any argument.”

Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4, said, “Rob’s acerbic tongue and straight-talking approach makes him just the man we need to steer us through these rocky times. We are delighted to be working with him on a series that is set to be hilarious, insightful and no doubt, very cutting.”  

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy and Entertainment at Expectation, added, Rob Rinder has the caustic wit of Joan Rivers, the critical faculties of Clive James, and a legal mind so sharp he could negotiate a Brexit that could keep everyone happy. But sadly, he cant as hell be on Channel 4 getting to the bottom of 2019 in a savagely entertaining manner.”

The Rob Rinder Show (4 x 60’ w/t) was commissioned by Channel 4’s Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and TV Events and Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment. Ben Wicks is the Executive Producer for Expectation. The series will air on Channel 4 later this year.

Guilt – BBC Two/BBC Scotland

Expectation and Happy Tramp North have secured a four-part series, Guilt, written by Neil Forsyth (Eric, Ernie and Me, Bob Servant), directed by Robbie McKillop (Cleaning Up, Clique) and starring Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Line of Duty and Unforgotten) and Jamie Sives (Chernobyl, Frontier & Game of Thrones), for BBC Scotland and BBC Two. 

Set in Edinburgh, Guilt is a stylish, contemporary drama with riveting plot twists and a strong vein of black humour throughout. The story follows two disparate Scottish brothers Max (Bonnar) and Jake (Sives) who, while driving home from a wedding together one night, accidentally run over and kill an old man on a darkened street. After making the panicked decision to cover their tracks, the brothers seem to get away with their crime. However, as neighbours and relatives of the dead man begin to suspect his death wasn’t as innocent as it initially seemed, the brothers find their lives rapidly falling apart as their actions begin to catch up with them. Their increasingly desperate attempts to conceal their guilt lead them further into a world where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda and they discover they can trust no-one, ultimately including each other.

Kirstie Macdonald, Creative Director for Drama, Expectation said: “As soon as I read Neil Forsyth’s script, I was bowled over by the dynamic world he had created and the brilliant characters of brothers, Max and Jake. I am delighted to be working with Happy Tramp North on the first drama commission for BBC Scotland’s new channel and to be bringing two of Scotland’s most talented actors Mark and Jamie home to film the project.”

Guilt will be co-produced by Expectation and Happy Tramp North. Written by Neil Forsyth and directed by Robbie McKillop the Executive Producers are Kirstie Macdonald for Expectation and Neil Webster for Happy Tramp North. Commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, Steve Carson, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning BBC Scotland and Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two. The Commissioning Executives for the BBC are Gregor Sharp and Gavin Smith. The series will premiere on BBC Scotland’s digital channel and follow on BBC Two later this year.

Intelligence – Sky One

A six-part comedy series for Sky One starring David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed. Commissioned by Sky One’s Head of Comedy, Jon Mountague, the six-part series is a workplace comedy series based in Cheltenham and set in the UK’s highly regarded Government Communications Headquarters. When a power-hungry, maverick National Security Agent (Schwimmer) comes over to join an inept and tactless computer analyst (Mohammed) and a newly-formed team tackling cybercrime, everything they know is shaken up.

Schwimmer (Friends and American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson) will star and executive produce the series which is a co-production with Dark Harbor Stories while Mohammed (The Martian and Christopher Robin) will write, star and also executive produce.

Nerys Evans, Expectation’s Creative Director, Comedy, said: “Even though the stakes are really high for the team, fighting cyber-crime, our six-part comedy series reveals the reality is not dissimilar to any other office environment, from temperamental photocopiers to meeting rooms being double booked.

David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed have a fantastic ‘odd couple’ chemistry and the scripts are brilliantly funny, we can’t wait to see the world of Intelligence come to life.”

Rob Rinder’s Good Year Bad Year – Channel 4

In this end of year review show, Rob Rinder casts an unflinching eye, razor sharp legal mind and acerbic tongue over the events of 2018 to judge once and for all whether the year will be chalked up as being a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ one.

With the help of celebrity guests, Rob will delve deep into all the news stories, people and talking points of the year. Uncompromising, perceptive and funny, Rob will make us all reconsider what we previously thought about 2018 with a fresh take on the big issues while also bringing us the hilarious tiny details we’ve already forgotten in our post-Christmas booze haze.

Trans Kids: It’s Time to Talk – Channel 4

Psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley reflects on the huge rise in numbers of young people embarking on gender transition, through the prism of her own lived experience as a child with gender identity issues.

As a child in the 70’s and 80’s, Stella was convinced she should be a boy, but is now a married woman with two children. She examines how the experiences and options open to transgender children today compare with her own childhood, and asks what person she might now be, had these choices been available to her.

There has been a 2,500% increase in the number of children and young people being referred to the NHS’s gender identity service over the last nine years. Stella meets some of these young people to understand their personal journeys, as well as academics and parents trying to support their children and navigate the system. In asking frank questions about the best way to support children who want to transition, Stella also discovers not everyone thinks it’s a topic for discussion.

 

Epidemic – Channel 4

Superkids: Breaking Away from Care – Channel 4

Writer and performer Lemn Sissay is a force of nature. He spent his first 18 years bouncing between foster families, children’s homes and assessment centres. Since then he has come to terms with his trauma by telling his story around the world.

Now he travels to Coventry to meet seven young people currently in the care of the council, who between them have had 40 different placements and 70 social workers. His mission is to help them express their experiences through words, and perform them to an audience that can make a difference to their lives.

It’s 30 years since Lemn left the care system and he believes that not enough has changed for these young people. So together, by putting on an epic performance for a packed theatre of decision-makers, they seek to change the way we see kids in care, and how they see themselves.

Superkids: Breaking Away from Care is a provocative and uplifting film, which challenges our prejudices in a profound and surprising way.

 

Shows

WINNER : In My Skin wins the award for best Television Drama at the BAFTA Cymru Awards 2019.

AWARD NOMINATIONS: Expectation has received three RTS Awards Nominations; Mo Gilligan on The Lateish Show (Entertainment Performance), the Lemn Sissy documentary “Superkids: Breaking Away From Care” (Arts) and Neil Forsyth who has received recognition for his writing of Guilt, the BBC Scotland/BBC2 drama.

The Steph Show – Channel 4

Steph McGovern to present The Steph Show on Channel 4

The Steph Show will air from 12-1pm, with McGovern kicking off by celebrating the everyday heroes who are keeping the nation moving. She will also share ideas on how to fill your time while self-isolating all from her Yorkshire home.

The new programme will be a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and light current affairs as Steph meets a variety of guests from the worlds of showbiz, politics and beyond. Steph will be joined by a different, well-known co-host each week for a lively look at the topics of the day, as well as consumer affairs, fun features and lots of interaction with the viewers – all filmed in front of a live audience.

The Steph Show is to be produced by Expectation in partnership with West Yorkshire-based Can Can Productions. It will be executive produced by Can Can MD Rebecca Papworth who previously established Hat Trick North, was an executive producer at BBC Comedy North and launched the Salford Sitcom Showcase.

Steph McGovern said: “I’m really chuffed to be creating my own live show with Channel 4 in Leeds. It’s going to be nerve-wracking, but there’s nothing I love more than finding out what makes people tick, whether it’s a famous face or someone we haven’t met yet who has a cracking story to tell. This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started next year. Just a small matter of having a baby first!”

Jo Street, Head of Daytime, Channel 4, said: “Getting Steph to present the brand new live daytime show is the best possible way to start my Channel 4 adventure. Steph is a brilliant broadcaster with great intelligence, warmth and wit… and a good measure of cheek and mischief as well. She embodies all the qualities I want Channel 4 Daytime to be – and I know Steph is going to do a fantastic job as we start a daily conversation with our audience.

“Broadcasting this new show live from Leeds is an important moment for Channel 4 as we further cement our commitment to out-of-London commissioning and showcase the home of our new national HQ.”

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4, added: “Steph is one of the warmest, smartest and funniest talents on British TV and I’m thrilled she’s joining Channel 4. She’ll deliver a massive dose of energy and fun to our schedules and kickstart the Channel 4 day.”

Rebecca Papworth, Managing Director, Can Can Productions, said: “It was always a coup getting the brilliant Steph McGovern involved with our bid, so we could not be happier to be working with Steph, Channel 4 and from the wonderful City of Leeds. Roll on 2020!”

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment, Expectation commented: “We are beyond thrilled to be making a daily show for Channel 4 from Leeds, and even more thrilled to be making it with Steph. She is an absolute delight to work with and has a warmth, playfulness and irreverence that perfectly embodies the spirt of Channel 4. This is a massive opportunity to make a show that we hope will become as channel defining as The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday once were, and we couldn’t be more honoured and excited.”

The Steph Show was commissioned by Jo Street, Channel 4’s Head of Daytime. It will be made by Expectation in partnership with Can Can Productions. Ben Wicks will executive produce for Expectation, alongside Rebecca Papworth for Can Can Productions.

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Murder 24/7 – BBC Two

Filmed with Essex Police, this brand new series follows murder investigations in real time, following every decision and every lead, minute by minute, from the critical first few days right through to arrest and conviction.

Across three murder cases, spanning five episodes and stripped across two weeks, Murder 24/7 will take viewers behind the blue line to the heart of the police investigation in an unprecedented level of detail.

Detectives, senior investigating officers, manhunt specialists, blood spatter analysts, dog handlers, interviewing officers, crime scene managers, phone analysts, and lawyers are just some of the specialists from the vast team of experts who must work together to solve the crime.

Gripping and dramatic, Murder 24/7 will follow the twists and turns, dead ends and breakthroughs of complex murder investigations in real time. Forensic work at the crime scene, interviews with witnesses, trawling CCTV, analysing mobile phones, executing search warrants, and hunting down suspects, no stone is left unturned in the race to catch the killer.

Episode one follows the investigation into the murder of 36 year-old Courtney Valentine-Brown, who was found stabbed in a flat in in Southend-on-Sea. The episode spans the critical first two days of the investigation, as the senior investigating officer and his team of detectives and specialists work around the clock to catch the killers.

The Redknapps’ Weekend Warm Up – Sky

Expectation has been commissioned by Sky to produce a new entertainment series with football legends, Jamie and Harry Redknapp. 

The Redknapps’ Weekend Warm Up (w/t), is a new 6 x 60 entertainment series with father and son duo, Harry and Jamie Redknapp, teaming up for their first TV project together alongside comedian Tom Davis.

The new series will be hosted by football and entertainment star, Jamie Redknapp, his dad, footy legend and national treasure, Harry Redknapp, and his best mate, BAFTA-winning comedian, Tom Davis.

The player, Jamie, the manager, Harry, and the fan, Tom are inviting the biggest and best names in show business and sport to join them, and a lively audience, for an evening packed full of laughter, topical football talk, celebrity chat, and thoroughly entertaining VTs – as well as Harry’s unique anecdotes.

Jamie Redknapp said: “When the opportunity came along to work with two of my favourite people I couldn’t refuse. Big T is one of my favourite comedians and of course my Dad knows how to crack a joke too. I’m looking forward to getting started and letting you all have a laugh along with us.”

Harry Redknapp said: “When Jamie asked me to join him on his new chat show, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been watching my son’s work in A League of Their Own and as a pundit on Sky Sports for a long time and wanted to work with him, along with Tom Davis.”

Tom Davis added: “Who wouldn’t want to be involved in a show featuring two football legends? Until that day comes I’m chuffed to be working with Harry and Jamie on their Weekend Warm Up. The boys are always a laugh and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy Entertainment at Expectation, said:

“We are beyond delighted to be working with the wonderful people at Sky on the ultimate show for people who love football and love comedy. Starring legendary player Jamie Redknapp, legendary manager Harry Redknapp and Britain’s funniest football fan, AKA legendary BAFTA winning comedian Tom Davis. Jamie and Harry are warm, sharp and utterly hilarious together and Tom fits in the family banter so well I can see Harry adopting him, once the transfer-window re-opens.

Redknapp’s Weekend Warm Up was devised by Jamie Redknapp and Expectation, and commissioned by Phil Edgar Jones, Sky’s Director of Arts and Entertainment. Shirley Jones is the commissioning editor for Sky. It will be produced by Expectation with executive producers Ben Wicks and Aaron Morgan, series producer Genna Gibson and talent executives Louisa McKay and Zak Ooma.

 

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable – UKTV

UKTV’s award-winning entertainment channel Dave, has commissioned UKTV Original Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (8×60’), a comedy format which will air later this year.

Produced by Expectation, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable invites three celebrity guests along to Mel’s confessional each week to find out who’s committed sins that are so bad that they should be declared ‘unforgivable’. The competitive comedians will dare to sin it, to win it.

Mel Giedroyc said, “I’m thrilled that the wonderful people at Dave have asked me to host Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable. It would be strange if they hadn’t asked me because my name is in the title. Anyway…in the show I’ll be leading a competitive confessional where only the celebrity or comic who admits to the worst behaviour can win. I intend to lead from the front by dropping in a few of my own misdemeanours to get the ball rolling, and I only hope it’s as fun to watch as it is to host! Though I also hope that anyone I’ve wronged and doesn’t yet know it, doesn’t watch Dave.”

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable is commissioned by Hilary Rosen, UKTV deputy director of comissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment and Luke Hales, Dave channel director. The series is ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre manager, comedy and entertainment.  Executive producer for Expectation is Ben Wicks, Hilary will executive produce for UKTV. Dominic Wells-Martin will series produce.

Hilary Rosen said, “I’m delighted that Mel is fronting this deliciously wicked, and very funny new format. She is uniquely good at getting comedians and celebrities to reveal their darkest and most shameful secrets and we are looking forward to sharing them with the Dave audience.”

Luke Hales added, “We (Dave) are committed to becoming the home of the best comic talent in the uk and this marks another brilliant and exciting step in that direction. We love Mel G, we know how funny, warm and brilliant she is from working with her on Taskmaster and knew we wanted to work with her more. We are so glad Hilary, Expectation and Mel brought this idea to us and we knew from the filthy and very very funny run-through we had found something special. I can’t wait to see this series as I already know it will become a firm favourite in my household and amongst our lovely viewers.”

Ben Wicks, executive producer, Expectation, said, “We are elated that Dave have jumped at the chance to get comic legend Mel Geidroyc to perform a vital public service: deciding which of Britain’s funniest and most entertaining people are the biggest wrong uns. By starting each show with some of her own hilarious misdemeanors, she ensures guests fall over themselves to reveal ever wilder indscretions. We’ve loved playing and watching it, and hope it will go on to be adored by the Dave audience and the police alike.”

 

Alma’s Not Normal – BBC Two

BBC Two comedy pilot, Alma’s Not Normal has started filming on location in Bolton.

The 30-minute New on Two comedy pilot for BBC Two, is produced by Expectation and written and starring Sophie Willan, who won the BBC’s inaugural Caroline Aherne Bursary Award in 2018. Sophie is also Executive Producer.

 

Set in her home town of Bolton, Sophie draws on her own unusual life experiences for Alma’s Not Normal, offering a truly authentic comic voice to the pilot. It follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

With no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, Alma decides to become an escort to support her dreams of becoming a star and leaving Bolton. Meanwhile, Alma’s mother Lin battles with both her addiction to heroin and her troubled relationship with her own mother Joan with the same chaotic fervour. Having only just discovered feminism and sexual liberation, Alma’s vampish Grandma Joan, must contend with her daughter suddenly moving in with her.

Sophie Willan plays Alma and is joined by: Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley/ Downton Abbey) as her mum Lin; Lorraine Ashbourne (The Crown/ Cheat) playing her Nan Joan and Jayde Adams (Crazy Delicious) is Sophie’s best friend, Leanne. James Baxter (Still Open all Hours/ Emmerdale) plays Anthony, Alma’s ex boyfriend.

Nerys Evans, Creative Director of Comedy, Expectation and Executive Producer, said: “It’s testament to the quality of Sophie’s writing that we’ve managed to attract such a strong cast to play alongside her. In the wonderfully skilled hands of Producer Gill Isles, and director Andrew Chaplin, this feels like a very special show in the making.”

Alma’s Not Normal is an Expectation production for BBC Two. The Executive Producer for Expectation is Nerys Evans and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

Alma’s Not Normal is Sophie Willan’s much anticipated debut TV pilot for BBC Two and is directed by Andrew Chaplin (Game Face, Witless) and produced by Gill Isles (Peter Kay’s Car Share, Detectorists, Man Like Mobeen).

 

 

 

About the writer: Sophie Willan is a Bolton born writer and comedian. She has appeared on Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Click and Collect (BBC One), The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4) is a series regular in Still Open All

Alternative Election Night – Channel 4

Channel 4 is hosting a live eight-hour Alternative Election Night show on Thursday, 12th December.

Produced by ITN Productions and Expectation, the coverage will be hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Katherine Ryan along with Rylan Clark-Neal who will be sense-checking results with a specially invited studio audience.

Throughout the night Krishnan, Katherine and Rylan will be joined by an eclectic mix of the country’s biggest political figures and sharpest comedic talent to tell the dramatic story as it unfolds, with top-class analysis and some much-needed laughs.

Clare Balding will have the results as they happen, Matt Forde will run the Alternative News Desk and the inimitable Rob Rinder will be out and about assessing the mood on the ground.

Also In the studio will be exclusive heavyweight political guests including ex-Home Secretary Amber Rudd and former Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who will give their take on developments along with a host of comedians including Sophie Willan and Tez Ilyas, candidates and political bigwigs.

Channel 4 News Political Editor Gary Gibbon will have all the breaking news and detailed analysis. And a team of correspondents will be stationed at the most important counts to assess exactly what’s going on up and down the country, as the worlds of politics and comedy come together for what is set to be one of the most explosive and momentous nights in our modern history.

Included from Channel 4 News will be Andy Davies, Clare Fallon, Ciaran Jenkins, Victoria MacDonald, Fatima Manji, Darshna Soni and Alex Thomson.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy said;  “This is the night that could change everything. It will determine the course of our lives on Brexit and everything else beyond. There will be shocks, upsets, tears and laughter and I can’t wait to share the most exciting election night I can remember with this hugely impressive, funny and insightful gang of political obsessives and wits that Channel 4 have assembled.  Let’s hope results night is when it gets sensational and surprising”

Katherine Ryan added; “I always stay up to watch the general elections and I hope to inject some insight and humour along with Krishnan Guru-Murthy throughout December 12th’s harrowing vigil.”

Rylan Clark-Neal continued  “I can’t wait to get involved in what will no doubt be an unpredictable night where anything can happen. Who would have thought that as an X-Factor reject I would be hosting election night!”

Louisa Compton, Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs said: “The Alternative Election will be distinctive, fresh and very entertaining.  The combination of ITN Productions and Expectation means our coverage will offer up the perfect mix of two political heavyweights who’ve just walked out of front-line politics as well some great comedians and entertainers.

“Voters will be at the heart of the programme with audience reaction to all the key moments. I can’t think of a more exciting – and eclectic – cast list than Krish Guru-Murthy, Katherine Ryan, Rylan, Clare Balding, Amber Rudd and Tom Watson.”

 

Why Dad Killed Mum: My Family’s Secret – BBC Three

Why Dad Killed Mum: My Family’s Secret, a 3 x 30’ for BBC Three. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, whilst he was Controller of BBC Three, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Emily Smith. The Executive Producer at Expectation is Ruth Kelly and Production Manager is Lizzie Murray. The Producer/ Director is Lila Allen.

Tasnim Lowe was 16 months old when her dad set her mum’s home in Telford alight. Before he set the house on fire, he carried baby Tasnim to safety, placing her under an apple tree in the garden. Tasnim’s mum, grandmother and aunt were all killed in the blaze. Lucy Lowe, Tasnim’s mum, was just 16 years old. Despite denying his guilt, Azhar Ali Mehmood, Tasnim’s dad, was given a life sentence for triple murder.

Tasnim’s dad has served 18 years in jail. He is now eligible for release and Tasnim, now 19 years old, has been asked to bring her opinion to the parole board. Tasnim wants answers about why her dad killed her mum. Her search takes her back to the late 90’s as she dives into local newspaper archives and court transcripts from her dad’s trial to begin to try to understand his motive. She discovers a shocking truth that takes her deep into a secret that rocked a community.

Ruth Kelly, Executive Producer for Expectation, says: “We are incredibly proud of our first factual series to broadcast on BBC Three and BBC One. It’s an important story of a remarkable young woman, made by a first-time female director told across three films. Championing new talent and new forms of storytelling is what we want to be doing at Expectation and BBC Three is one of the most exciting places to do that.”

Emily Smith, Commissioning Editor says: “Tasnim has shown great bravery in sharing such a sensitive and personal journey. In doing so, Tasnim brings focus to a story that is not only significant to her and her family, but to a whole community and one which it is important to hear.”

I Bought The Farm – Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video announces I Bought The Farm, the exclusive solo TV protect from The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson. 

Filmed over the course of the farming year, and produced with Expectation, the eight part Amazon Original series will reveal The Grand Tour presenter as he’s never been seen before.

Amazon has confirmed that I Bought The Farm [working title], an eight part series following The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run his very own 1000-acre working farm in the heart of the British countryside, is in production.

Beginning in Autumn 2019 and filmed over the course of one farming year Prime Video’s exclusive series, I Bought The Farm [working title] will observe the highs and lows of what Jeremy hopes will be a rural idyll but could just as easily become a rustic nightmare. Jeremy, a self-confessed “inept townie” with zero agricultural knowledge will, along with some help, try to set up a viable working farm in modern day rural Britain.

Following the success of The Grand Tour, which is one of Amazon’s most-watched shows worldwide, Clarkson’s new Amazon Original eight part series will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. The greenlight announcement follows Amazon’s December 2018 news that The Grand Tour presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and Executive Producer Andy Wilman had been signed for individual projects in addition to more The Grand Tour, with the first of the epic GT road trip adventure specials launching later this year.

Jeremy Clarkson can be seen on his farm in an exclusive video posted this morning where he commented, “Good news! I can finally confirm that I’m going to be spending the next year, in the rain, making a show about farming for Amazon Prime.

Of course to be a farmer you have to be an agronomist, a businessman, a politician, an accountant, a vet, and a mechanic. And I’m… none of those things. I don’t even know what agronomist means.”

“Jeremy is one of Britain’s finest exports and I think I speak for the entire nation when I say I can’t wait to see what will happen when he turns his usually petrol-covered hands to life on a working farm,” said Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Original Series. “We’re excited to bring this latest UK produced Amazon Original series to Prime Video viewers around the world next year. Wishing you lots of luck Jeremy… what could possibly go wrong?”

Peter Fincham, Co-CEO Expectation, said: “I’m excited to be one of Jeremy’s farm hands. He’s really passionate about farming, and tractors, and all the other stuff that he thinks he knows about. This series will showcase a new, wiser, muddier Jeremy than we’ve seen before. Can’t wait.”

I Bought The Farm [working title] is an Amazon Original series, produced in the UK. It will be produced by Expectation and executive produced by Peter Fincham.  The Senior Producer is The Grand Tour’s Andy Wilman and the Series Director is Gavin Whitehead.

 

Killed By My Fame (working title) – BBC Three

Expectation Factual has secured a compelling one-off factual drama, Killed By My Fame for BBC Three.

Written by broadcaster and director Reggie Yates, Killed by My Fame is a gripping and revealing factual drama which shines a light on the brutal side of reality TV, exploring the impact it has on participants, including instant fame, toxic masculinity, social media and suicide.

Reality TV has never had a higher profile and during the weeks and months these shows grace our screens, the stars of these programmes become constant companions. They are a real-life cast of people’s princesses and pantomime villains, serving up daily drama for viewers’ entertainment.

In a year when the DCMS launched an enquiry into reality TV’s duty of care to potentially “vulnerable” participants, this 60-minute film takes a look at what really happens behind closed doors. It reflects on the making and breaking of a reality star and examines what we really know about these people whose fame is borne out of sharing their lives with millions of people every week.

From how these programmes are produced, to the role of the tabloid media, TV viewers and social media commentators, this coming of age story is a parable for our time and asks: what happens to reality TV stars once the cameras stop rolling?

Reggie Yates said: “Growing up in television I’ve continued to be fascinated by the evolution of reality TV. I’ve often questioned how affecting whirlwind fame can become once the cameras are gone. All too often the audience sees the glamour and popularity that comes with being in the public eye, but in this drama we explore the true impact instant fame can have. I’m delighted to be partnering with BBC Three for my television writing debut and having a further creative voice as an executive producer.”

Colin Barr, Creative Director, Factual & Factual Drama, Expectation said: “Love it or hate it, Reality TV is unmissable. It’s part of our cultural DNA and is shaping this generation’s perceptions of race, gender and sexuality. But at what price? “Killed by my Fame” will use drama to explore the reality of “reality” and the dark side of sudden fame.”

Killed by My Famewas commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries and is being Executive Producer by Colin Barr for Expectation and Reggie Yates

Alma’s Not Normal – BBC Two

Alma’s Not Normal is a 30-minute New on Two comedy pilot for BBC Two, made by Expectation and written by and starring Sophie Willan, who won the BBC’s inaugural Caroline Aherne Bursary Award in 2018.

Set in her home town of Bolton, Sophie draws on her own unusual life experiences for Alma’s Not Normal, offering a truly authentic comic voice to the pilot. It follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

With no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, Alma decides to become an escort to support her dreams of becoming a star and leaving Bolton. Meanwhile, Alma’s mother Lin battles with both her addiction to heroin and her troubled relationship with her own mother Joan with the same chaotic fervour. Having only just discovered feminism and sexual liberation, Alma’s vampish Grandma Joan, must contend with her daughter suddenly moving in with her.

Alma’s Not Normal offers a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. It celebrates women dealing with the hand they were dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams. It explores the darker side of life but with genuine warmth and laugh out loud results.

Nerys Evans, Creative Director of Comedy, Expectation said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Sophie on her first narrative comedy. It’s been such a rewarding process working with her on the script. She has such a unique view of the world and has wonderfully funny bones. I can’t wait to see Alma come to life.”

Sophie Willian said: “I’m so incredibly excited to be delivering my pilot for BBC Two. It is a dream come true! I’m really proud of the script and can’t wait to share my world and characters with everyone!”

Filming will take place in Manchester and Bolton and further casting details will be announced in due course.

Alma’s Not Normal is an Expectation production for BBC Two. The Executive Producer for Expectation is Nerys Evans and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America – BBC Two

A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America, 2×60, for BBC Two, is made by Expectation Factual Productions. The Executive Producer is Colin Barr. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries.

In 2016 outside a convenience store in Portland, Oregon, Russel Courtier, a member of white supremacist gang European Kindred, ran over and killed Larnell Bruce, a young black man, with his car. Shortly afterwards, CCTV footage of the incident went viral and shocked America, not just because of its brutality, but because of the question at its heart: was Larnell Bruce killed because he was black?

In search of an answer Bafta award winning Mobeen Azhar travels to Oregon to follow the trial for a new BBC Two two-part series – A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America. The more time he spends in Portland, the clearer it becomes that the case is part of a much bigger story about race, white supremacy and racial tensions in America today.

As he delves deep into the heart of America’s far right movement Mobeen comes face to face with neo-Nazis, armed campaigners who say they are simply ‘patriots’ as well as members and former members of white supremacist European Kindred prison gang. All roads eventually lead into the racially-segregated American prison system, which gave birth to European Kindred. In the tradition of large Californian gangs such as Aryan Brotherhood, European Kindred controls the white side of the prison yard. At every twist and turn of the trial Mobeen pursues his own investigation also talking to some witnesses to the killing and getting to know the families of the defendant and the victim.

In the meantime, the jury is asked to decide whether Larnell Bruce was killed because he was black, and the state of Oregon – and America as a whole – awaits a verdict that is now as much about decades of racial injustice as it is the death of one young man.

 

Colin Barr, Exec Producer, Expectation Factual Productions, says: “A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America started as an investigation into the killing of one young man but became a journey into something much darker and more sinister. Following Mobeen into the heart of America’s violent white supremacist gangs is a troubling, frightening experience but few people could handle it with such fearlessness and journalistic rigour.”

Mobeen Azhar, says: “The death of Larnell Bruce was tragic. The scars of racial injustice still run deep across America and his story gives us an opportunity to ask some uncomfortable and important questions about race relations in the US. I saw first-hand how polarised the discussion of race has become. And spending time behind bars with white supremacist gang members showed me how the prison system could be contributing to a more racially segregated society. I hope this series can shed more light into a dark world of white supremacists and other forces that are at play in driving people apart in America today.”

The Tez O’Clock Show – Channel 4

One of the most exciting break out stars in British comedy, Tez Ilyas, joins Channel 4 this summer with The Tez O’Clock Show, a late-night satirical comedy show… that is TRULY anti-establishment – it’s hosted by a northern working-class British-Asian-Muslim.

Comedian Tez Ilyas presents a fast-paced mix of stand-up, sketches and studio antics. Filmed in Manchester with a combination of comedians and celebrity guests, this hilarious and subversive show will blow the cobwebs off TV satire and prove once and for all that it’s possible to joke about anyone and anything without getting cancelled.

Crashing into the studio show will be parodies, sketches and news bulletins from the Pakistani Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), starring Man Like Mobeen’s Guz Khan and comedian Sindhu Vee, which will provide a satirical take on the news and show Britain (and the West) in a very different light.

The fast paced 3 x 60’ show, airing at 11pm each Thursday from 25th July is made exclusively for Channel 4 by Expectation and Ilyas’ own company Pious Productions. It will be filmed each week at Manchester’s MediaCityUK in front of a live studio audience.

Tez Ilyas says: “OMA! This is proper surreal man. Thank you Channel 4 for this massive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of giants. Mama! We did it mama! I can’t wait for everyone to see it.. I hope y’all are ready for my silly, smart and subversive take on the world <raising hands emoji> Seriously though… you don’t understand! This is the show I’ve always dreamed of doing (after Blue Peter obvs).”

Karen Murdoch, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Channel 4 said: “Tez Ilyas is an incredibly exciting talent, and we are thrilled to have him on Channel 4. With all the political shenanigans going on in the UK and the world in general, it feels particularly timely to be launching a brand new satire show, hosted by such a smart and fresh new voice.”

The Tez O’clock Show(3 x 60’ w/t) was commissioned by Syeda Irtizaali and Karen Murdoch, Commissioning Editors, Entertainment, Channel 4. Ben Wicks is the Creative Director, Comedy and Entertainment for Expectation. The series will air on Channel 4 every Thursday for three weeks from 25th July this year.

 

In My Skin – BBC Three and BBC Wales

BBC Three and BBC Wales confirm brand new comedy series In My Skin

The joint commission of this unique new comedy In My Skin comes following the standalone pilot which premiered as a Comedy Slice for BBC Three last year.

From Expectation, In My Skin (4 x 30’) is a new dark comedy series from writer Kayleigh Llewellyn, who has mined her own experiences to create this coming of age story about a teenage girl leading a double life.

Picking up from where the 2018 pilot left off, we follow Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) as she desperately tries to keep the truth of her home life a secret from her friends. But when your mother (Jo Hartley) is sectioned in a mental facility near your school and has a penchant for breaking out, and your father is a Hell’s Angel who drives a rag and bone truck — flying under the radar ain’t so easy. Nevertheless, Bethan is determined to save her own blushes. But her cheek and wit can only carry her so far as she digs herself deeper and deeper in to a hole of her own lies.

Along the way there are lesbian infatuations, tough love from her nana, and non-stop interferences from her bulldozer teacher who is always on her case.

It’s funny, raw and heartbreaking at times as we vicariously relive our adolescence through Bethan; the confusing, intoxicating, painful mess of it all.

Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales, says: “The reaction to In My Skin has been stunning. Gabrielle Creevy’s performance as Bethan, a funny, sassy, melancholy teen enduring a unique coming-of-age experience, is profoundly moving. Kayleigh, who wrote the piece based on her own experiences growing up in Cardiff, has to be one of the sharpest observers of family life in Britain today. It’s the best news that this pilot will soon be a series.”

Nerys Evans, Creative Director for Comedy at Expectation, says: “I’m so excited to be making more of In My Skin for the BBC. We’ve been so lucky to gather such a talented cast together, bringing Kayleigh’s fantastic writing to life. I can’t wait to see what Kayleigh has in store for us over the series.”

Kayleigh Llewellyn, says: “I’m thrilled to be working with the BBC and our exceptional cast and creative team from the pilot to continue telling Bethan’s story. It’s one close to my own heart, and I hope in some way we can help to chip away at the shame that so often surrounds mental illness.”

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, added: “In My Skin heralds a bright new comedic voice in Kayleigh who paints an unvarnished, complex and truthful coming-of-age story full of heart and humour.  The ambition of the writing has been matched through the alchemy of casting, setting and production to offer the BBC Three audience up something wholly original and truly sublime.”

Filming will begin later this year.

In My Skin is an Expectation production written and created by Kayleigh Llewellyn. The series will be directed by Lucy Forbes (End Of the F***king World 2, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe), executive produced by Nerys Evans (Intelligence, French and Saunders, Miranda) and produced by Sophie Francis (15 Days, Casualty). In My Skin was ordered by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three and Nick Andrews for BBC Wales. The Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Kate Daughton and Paul Forde.

The Rob Rinder Verdict – Channel 4

The Rob Rinder Verdict will see Rinder cast his perceptive eye as he gives his authored and no nonsense take on current events. Mixing his razor-sharp legal mind and hilarious hot takes, Rob will satirically dissect what exactly is going on with the world today and searching for the elusive things that might make Britain a better place.

Accompanied by a host of celebrity guests, we’ll see Rob delve deep into current news stories, viral trends and talking points aplenty. Well-known for his uncompromising opinions, the series will put Rob in fish-out-of-water scenarios, taking on other worlds outside his usual comfort zone and experiencing conflicting perceptions.

The Rob Rinder Verdict follows Rinder’s end-of-year review show for Channel 4 in December 2018, Rob Rinder’s Good Year Bad Year. The one-hour special saw Rinder sharply review the biggest moments of the year to judge whether it had been a ‘good’ or ‘bad year’.

Rob Rinder said, “I am thrilled beyond belief that Channel 4 have entrusted sorting out the world into my normal sized hands. Given the state of the current global leaders, this feels exactly right, and I look forward to the controversy of considering both sides of any argument.”

Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at Channel 4, said, “Rob’s acerbic tongue and straight-talking approach makes him just the man we need to steer us through these rocky times. We are delighted to be working with him on a series that is set to be hilarious, insightful and no doubt, very cutting.”  

Ben Wicks, Creative Director, Comedy and Entertainment at Expectation, added, Rob Rinder has the caustic wit of Joan Rivers, the critical faculties of Clive James, and a legal mind so sharp he could negotiate a Brexit that could keep everyone happy. But sadly, he cant as hell be on Channel 4 getting to the bottom of 2019 in a savagely entertaining manner.”

The Rob Rinder Show (4 x 60’ w/t) was commissioned by Channel 4’s Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and TV Events and Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment. Ben Wicks is the Executive Producer for Expectation. The series will air on Channel 4 later this year.

Guilt – BBC Two/BBC Scotland

Expectation and Happy Tramp North have secured a four-part series, Guilt, written by Neil Forsyth (Eric, Ernie and Me, Bob Servant), directed by Robbie McKillop (Cleaning Up, Clique) and starring Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Line of Duty and Unforgotten) and Jamie Sives (Chernobyl, Frontier & Game of Thrones), for BBC Scotland and BBC Two. 

Set in Edinburgh, Guilt is a stylish, contemporary drama with riveting plot twists and a strong vein of black humour throughout. The story follows two disparate Scottish brothers Max (Bonnar) and Jake (Sives) who, while driving home from a wedding together one night, accidentally run over and kill an old man on a darkened street. After making the panicked decision to cover their tracks, the brothers seem to get away with their crime. However, as neighbours and relatives of the dead man begin to suspect his death wasn’t as innocent as it initially seemed, the brothers find their lives rapidly falling apart as their actions begin to catch up with them. Their increasingly desperate attempts to conceal their guilt lead them further into a world where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda and they discover they can trust no-one, ultimately including each other.

Kirstie Macdonald, Creative Director for Drama, Expectation said: “As soon as I read Neil Forsyth’s script, I was bowled over by the dynamic world he had created and the brilliant characters of brothers, Max and Jake. I am delighted to be working with Happy Tramp North on the first drama commission for BBC Scotland’s new channel and to be bringing two of Scotland’s most talented actors Mark and Jamie home to film the project.”

Guilt will be co-produced by Expectation and Happy Tramp North. Written by Neil Forsyth and directed by Robbie McKillop the Executive Producers are Kirstie Macdonald for Expectation and Neil Webster for Happy Tramp North. Commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, Steve Carson, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning BBC Scotland and Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two. The Commissioning Executives for the BBC are Gregor Sharp and Gavin Smith. The series will premiere on BBC Scotland’s digital channel and follow on BBC Two later this year.

Intelligence – Sky One

A six-part comedy series for Sky One starring David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed. Commissioned by Sky One’s Head of Comedy, Jon Mountague, the six-part series is a workplace comedy series based in Cheltenham and set in the UK’s highly regarded Government Communications Headquarters. When a power-hungry, maverick National Security Agent (Schwimmer) comes over to join an inept and tactless computer analyst (Mohammed) and a newly-formed team tackling cybercrime, everything they know is shaken up.

Schwimmer (Friends and American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson) will star and executive produce the series which is a co-production with Dark Harbor Stories while Mohammed (The Martian and Christopher Robin) will write, star and also executive produce.

Nerys Evans, Expectation’s Creative Director, Comedy, said: “Even though the stakes are really high for the team, fighting cyber-crime, our six-part comedy series reveals the reality is not dissimilar to any other office environment, from temperamental photocopiers to meeting rooms being double booked.

David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed have a fantastic ‘odd couple’ chemistry and the scripts are brilliantly funny, we can’t wait to see the world of Intelligence come to life.”

Rob Rinder’s Good Year Bad Year – Channel 4

In this end of year review show, Rob Rinder casts an unflinching eye, razor sharp legal mind and acerbic tongue over the events of 2018 to judge once and for all whether the year will be chalked up as being a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ one.

With the help of celebrity guests, Rob will delve deep into all the news stories, people and talking points of the year. Uncompromising, perceptive and funny, Rob will make us all reconsider what we previously thought about 2018 with a fresh take on the big issues while also bringing us the hilarious tiny details we’ve already forgotten in our post-Christmas booze haze.

Trans Kids: It’s Time to Talk – Channel 4

Psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley reflects on the huge rise in numbers of young people embarking on gender transition, through the prism of her own lived experience as a child with gender identity issues.

As a child in the 70’s and 80’s, Stella was convinced she should be a boy, but is now a married woman with two children. She examines how the experiences and options open to transgender children today compare with her own childhood, and asks what person she might now be, had these choices been available to her.

There has been a 2,500% increase in the number of children and young people being referred to the NHS’s gender identity service over the last nine years. Stella meets some of these young people to understand their personal journeys, as well as academics and parents trying to support their children and navigate the system. In asking frank questions about the best way to support children who want to transition, Stella also discovers not everyone thinks it’s a topic for discussion.

 

Epidemic – Channel 4

Superkids: Breaking Away from Care – Channel 4

Writer and performer Lemn Sissay is a force of nature. He spent his first 18 years bouncing between foster families, children’s homes and assessment centres. Since then he has come to terms with his trauma by telling his story around the world.

Now he travels to Coventry to meet seven young people currently in the care of the council, who between them have had 40 different placements and 70 social workers. His mission is to help them express their experiences through words, and perform them to an audience that can make a difference to their lives.

It’s 30 years since Lemn left the care system and he believes that not enough has changed for these young people. So together, by putting on an epic performance for a packed theatre of decision-makers, they seek to change the way we see kids in care, and how they see themselves.

Superkids: Breaking Away from Care is a provocative and uplifting film, which challenges our prejudices in a profound and surprising way.

 

The Chefs’ Brigade – BBC Two

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 – Channel 4

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 – Channel 4

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 – BBC Two

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 – Channel 4

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 – BBC Three

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 – Channel 4

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 – Channel 4

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 – Channel 5

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 – BBC Two

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 – Sky One

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.

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