Jason Manford

Jason Manford

Date of birth: 26-05-1981
Manford started his comedy career by winning the North West comedian of the year title in 1999. A year later, he won the Leicester Mercury comedian of the year, and was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny? new act competition.

He made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2005 with Urban Legend, a show that was nominated for the main Perrier award. The following year he won the Chortle award for best breakthrough act.

He embarked on his first solo tour of the UK in September 2008, a month after hosting the topical Channel 4 show Tonightly

He became increasingly well-known thanks to his role on the Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, and in 2010 hosted the high-profile Comedy Rocks for ITV. In May 2010 he was confirmed as the new co-host of BBC One's The One Show.

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Jason Manford pilots BBC One cooking show

A replacement for Bake-Off?

Jason Manford has piloted a cookery gameshow for BBC One.

My Mum Cooks Better Than Yours is based on a Portuguese primetime format, and the comic taped his trial episode of a UK version just outside Lisbon.

The original is called A Minha Mãe Cozinha Melhor Que a Tua and features two family members competing for a €1,000 prize by cooking the family's best-loved recipe against the clock. The twist is the parents must direct their children 'who are a disaster in the kitchen'.

Manford was joined on the pilot by celebrity chef Monica Galetti, who currently hosts BBC Two's Amazing Hotel with Giles Coren and has just opened the restaurant Mere in London, having been a Masterchef judge for the past eight years.

Manford posted a selfie of them both on social media, saying: 'Spending the day with @MGalleti01 in Lisbon, Portugal! I've had worse days! '

My Mum’s producer is Harry Hill's Tea Time's Russell Balkind and the commissioner is Ruby Kuraishe for the BBC.

Programme makers Talkback have become best known for Keith Lemon's ITV shows in recent years but previously made the cookery gameshow Cooking The Books for Channel 5.

My Mum is the BBC's latest attempt to find a replacement for The Great British Bake Off after losing it to Channel 4. The Big Family Cooking Challenge is set to air on BBC Two shortly.

Manford today also announced a major UK tour for next year,  Muddle Class, about his climb up the social ladder. 

It’s his first tour since First World Problems in 2013 and 2014, and the first tickets are now on sale here. He sold 25,000 tickets in the first two hours.

Manford said: ‘Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page, "it's been ages since you've toured".  I thought "no way, it was last year wasn't it?"

‘Anyway, long story short, they were right, it was years ago! I just got fooled cos I've been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave Ja Vu 13 times a day!

‘So I’ve been putting some stuff together, looking at my life and how it's changed over the years, how the world has changed and how my parents haven't changed a bit.’

Manford will next be seen hosting the gameshow Bigheads on ITV, in which members of the public don enormous celebrity heads in the style of It's A Knockout to compete in a series of physical games.

He has written his own children's cartoon, Daisy & Ollie, and makes a guest appearance in the next series of Benidorm.

By Jay Richardson

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Published: 18 Apr 2017

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