Another renewal from Channel 4. They’ve picked up their late night format The Big Narstie Show – which was only picked up to series back in May – for a second season. In addition to the second season, C4 has also commissioned a Christmas Special for later this year.
Hosted by Grime MC Big Narstie and stand-up comedian Mo Gilligan, The Big Narstie Shiw sees Narstie and Mo joined by celebrity guests as they present original, straight-talking segments on the news of the week, TV, showbiz, trends, phone-ins, and food. The series is produced for Channel 4 by Expectation and Dice Productions Entertainment. The executive producers are Ben Wicks for Expectation and Obi Kevin Akudike and Nathan Brown for Dice Productions Entertainment.
The renewal comes after both a successful pilot and first season. 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. Season two was commissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment Ed Havard, Entertainment & Events Commissioning Editor Syeda Irtizaali, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment and Events and Specialist Factual Commissioning Editor Shaminder Nahal.
“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”, said Channel 4’s Entertainment & Events Commissioning Editor Syeda Irtizaali. “Every week of series one was an adventure in itself and I can’t wait to see how series two develops.”
While executive producer Ben Wicks added, “Big Narstie brought so much chaos and charisma to series 1 – 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 2.”