Jack Dee is to play a hired killer. The comic is to star as a 'smug, crap' assassin in Peter Is A Hitman, a Radio 4 sitcom pilot recording later this year. Written by the team behind Radio 4's sketch series Small Scenes – Mike Wozniak, Henry Paker and Ben Partridge – the show promises to be 'packed full of pacy jokes and snooker'.

Josie Long is to put her survival skills to the test in a TV show with Bear Grylls.

Filming has begun on the second series of Peter Kay's Car Share.

Ben Elton has used his new Shakespearean sitcom to take a swipe Ricky Gervais.

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Will Ferrell has bowed to pressure and pulled out of the comedy about Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s disease.

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