2024: THE YEAR AHEAD IN COMEDY TV
A look ahead at the new and returning comedy series set to hit screens in 2024.
Series two takes the whole gang straight into the second year of Brent University 2014, where alongside dealing with virginity hang-ups, drug experimentation (both legal and otherwise) and Jack’s obsession with Alison Hammond, this time round their degrees actually count!
DOUGLAS IS CANCELLED
Comedy-drama starring Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan. Introduces us to middle aged, and greying, current affairs news anchor, Douglas Bellowes, a respected broadcaster and raconteur who loves the life he’s created with his newspaper editor wife, Sheila. Speculation is rife and during the on-going hysteria and digital storm, Douglas’s alleged indiscretion is dissected, analysed and blown out of all proportion. Everyone appears to have an opinion and Douglas is struggling to escape the controversy.
Sam’s (Youssef Kerkour) waiting to die, after swallowing a cabinet full of pills, when he’s interrupted by his neighbour, Anna (Katherine Parkinson) - she’s having a heart attack and needs to wait with him until help arrives.
Count Abdulla follows Abdulla Khan (Arian Nik) - a mid-twenties British Muslim doctor stuck in an identity crisis, caught between his religious mother Bushra (Nina Wadia) and his secular, hedonistic friends. But when Abdulla is bitten by a vampire (Jaime Winstone) he suddenly becomes the outsider’s outsider.
G’wed is an uplifting, heart-warming and hilarious portrayal of teenagers today and how they view the world. It delves into the working class culture of “surviving with a sense of humour”. The distinctive voice of Liverpool and the lived experience of the kids from the city will be at the heart of this comedy, tackling big issues like grief, sex, diversity and class differences with a wicked sense of humour.
Best friends Maggie and Eddie played by Nicola Coughlan and Lydia West have lived in each other’s pockets for ten years, through thick, thin, and multiple challenging eyebrow trends. But with the rest of their lives looming, careers hanging in the balance, and Maggie’s bipolar disorder making an unwelcome return to form, Eddie begins to question whether this friendship is really in their best interests.
ITVX and ITV1
Changing Ends is based on Alan Carr’s own life in Northampton in the 1980’s growing up as the son of a fourth division football manager.
MR BIG STUFF
Mr Bigstuff tells the story of two estranged brothers; Glen (Sampson) a nervy perfectionist striving to live the suburban ideal and Lee (Dyer) an alpha male with a prescription drug addiction and a biscuit tin full of his Dad’s ashes.
EVERYONE ELSE BURNS
Following a highly successful first outing – and the survival of eternal hell fire - the Lewis family are returning to Channel 4 for a second series in Everyone Else Burns, which will bring our favourite god-fearing Mancunians back for an inferno of family strife, marital chaos and righteous revolution.