Jo Brand's social work sitcom, Damned, has been picked up by Channel 4. Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Aisling Bea and co-creator Morwenna Banks also star in the dark comedy set in a chaotic children's services department. Brand and Davies play Rose and Al, stressed out from swimming against a tide of bureaucracy and pedantry, contending with the absurdities and irrationalities of life in a county council office as they struggle to navigate their equally trying personal lives.

Bill Burr is to return to the UK for the first time in three years, Chortle can reveal.

Jack Dee, Ben Willbond and Claire Skinner are to star in Channel 4's new ultra-topical comedy show Power Monkeys.

Griff Rhys Jones is to return to the stage for the first time in more than six years.

Comedian Greg Burns is leaving his Capital Radio show and moving to Australia.

Simon Pegg has joined the cast of film noir thriller Terminal.

Channel 4 comedy Raised By Wolves is being adapted for American TV by Diablo Cody, the writer of Juno.

Bill Cosby is to stand trial over an alleged a sexual assault from 2004.

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