Ross Noble has joined Jason Manford in the cast of The Producers' for its UK tour next year. The freewheeling comic will play Franz Liebkind, the deranged ex-Nazi pigeon keeper who wrote the appalling Springtime For Hitler musical staged by producers Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock. As previously announced, Manford will play Leo Bloom; while Louie Spence plays the flamboyant Carmen Ghia for dates up to May 2.

Peter Kay is reuniting the cast of Phoenix Nights for two shows at the Manchester Arena, it has been confirmed.

The comedy shows nominated for the 2015 Broadcast Awards have been announced.

MARK DOLAN is to take part in a celebrity edition of Come Dine With Me on Channel 4 this Christmas.

Virtually Famous, E4’s panel show, is to return for two more series.

Comics including Dylan Moran are to perform at a gig where the price of admission is a bag of groceries.

BILL BAILEY has been lending his support to pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.

BBC Two is to pay poignant tribute to Rik Mayall in a programme to air this Christmas.

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