UKTV’s flagship comedy channel Gold has commissioned a new chat show which will be hosted by comedian Jo Brand.
Titled Jo Brand’s Great Wall of Comedy, the series has been given an order for 5 episodes and will be produced by STV Productions. Brand will be joined on the show by Barry Cryer (The Morecambe and Wise Show) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) as they uncover the stories and secrets behind the nation’s greatest comedy treasures. Each week the trio will be joined by a host of guests stars from the comedy world as they delve deeper into the archives to reveal unknown facts about the nation’s favourite comedy icons and shows. Jo Bunting is the series producer, with Gary Chippington and Sarah Fraser serving as the executive producers.
“Jo Brand’s Great Wall Of Comedy is an innovative and bold format for Gold and embodies the type of original programming we want for the channel,” said Steve North, General Manager of Gold. “We are sure the combination of comedy talent headed by Jo, mixed with the fun of a chat show and filled with eye opening anecdotes from a line-up of comedy stars, will make this a hit with viewers.”
UKTV’s Commissioning Editor Sarah Fraser, who commissioned the series alongside Steve North, said: “STV have developed a great format and an original way of delving into the sitcom archive that forms the backbone of Gold. Between them, Jo, Barry and Rebecca have worked with the cream of British comedy talent. Our audiences will lap up the unusual clips, sitcom facts and anecdotes.”