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 tapes new gameshow

Putting kids through their paces

Jason Manford is tape a new primetime ITV game show challenging parents to guess how their children will behave in certain situations

What Would Your Kid Do? is said to draw on ‘specialist child development psychology’ along with the game show elements 

The children will be filmed during what appears to be another day at school, unaware they'll go through tasks that exploring their curiosity, lateral thinking, attitude to risk-taking and adherence to the rules.  As the situations unfold, the parents try to predict what their child will do.

Manford said: ‘You are going to love this show! As a dad of five children, I am constantly left in tears laughing at some of the stuff that comes out their mouths, but I’m also often bowled over by their inquisitive minds and sense of right and wrong.  

‘So the idea of putting them in this kind of situation - where we get to watch them in as natural an environment as possible - seeing how they react, whilst I’m in the studio quizzing the parents…well, let me tell you, it’s a show that’s as packed full of laughs as it is surprises.  A real heart-warming family series and it’s an honour to be asked to be part of it."

ITV commissioner Satmohan Panesar added: ‘This is an exciting new hybrid format which takes a universal subject, gives it an entertaining ITV wrapping and then packs it full of intelligent smart psychology that will hopefully say something about all of our kids and in turn all of us.’

The show will be taped in Salford on January 12, 13 and 14. Click here for free tickets.

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Published: 12 Dec 2017

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