Jack Dee

Jack Dee

Date of birth: 24-09-1962
Dee's first public act was an open-mike gig in 1988. He toiled away on the circuit with little success, while holding down menial kitchen jobs.

Disillusioned with his lack of progress, he was ready to quit when he took to the stage with a grumpy, 'couldn't care less attiude' which, to his surprised, won over the audience. In that moment he found his voice – and a career.

Things really took off in 1991, when he won the British Comedy Award for best stage newcomer as well as a Perrier Award nomination.

In February the following year he landed his own, series on Channel 4, setting him on the road to fame. By 1995 he was starring in his own series on ITV.

His list of awards to date include two at the 1995 British Comedy Awards, three British Advertising awards for his infamous 'widget' John Smith Bitter commercials in 1997, and the best stand-up gong at the 1997 British Comedy Awards.

As well as his comedy work, he has appeared on TV dramas including The Grimleys in 1996; fairground romance, Tunnel of Love in 2004; and The Deputy, where he played a political fixer alongside Warren Clarke, also in 2004. He has also performed in Yasmina Reza's award-winning play Art in the West End. Probably one of his most memorable television appearances was on the first Celebrity Big Brother, in 2001, which he won.

In 2004, Jack returned to stand-up on television with Jack Dee: Live At The Apollo featuring stand-up appearances from Joan Rivers, Ross Noble and Ardal O'Hanlon.

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More 'Bad Moves' for ITV

Jack Dee sitcom to return

ITV has ordered a second series of Jack Dee’s comedy Bad Move.

Six new episodes will air in 2018, with the key cast all returning.

Dee – who created the show with long-term writing partner Pete Sinclair – and Kerry Godliman play a married couple who decided that moving to the countryside from the city is the answer to all their dreams.

Also returning series two will be  Miles Jupp and Manjinder Virk as their neighbours; Seann Walsh as rock star Grizzo, Philip Jackson as father-in-law Ken and Sue Vincent as shopkeeper and Shannon.

The series launched in September with strong ratings. The first episode was seen by 4.3million viewers at 8pm on Wednesday night, rising to 4.9 million when on-demand viewing was added. This made it the highest viewed comedy show on television that week. Overall, the series averaged more than 4 million viewers per episode.  

However, critics were less impressed, with two-star reviews from The  Times (‘too gentle’) and The Daily Telegraph  ('an all-too-apt title’). The Daily Star called it ‘useless’, but  the i  said ‘Dee is still the master of slipping in pin-sharp lines of his trademark black humour’. Read Chortle’s review of the opening episode here.

Dee said: ‘I’m naturally delighted that I’ll be working again with the brilliant Bad Move cast. The show has clearly struck a chord with a great many viewers and we are very much looking forward to dumping more country life problems on Nicky and Steve in series 2.’


ITV’s comedy commissioner Saskia Schuster, who commissioned the second series, added: ‘We'll be seeing a lot more of Steve's unguarded responses to daily small-scale irritations, which will, of course, escalate to become his and Nicky's undoing.’

The show is made by Open Mike Productions, which Dee co-owns.

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Published: 7 Nov 2017

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