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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BBC won't be going back to Scarborough

No second series for Jason Manford comedy

The BBC will not be renewing Scarborough, its new sitcom starring Jason Manford and Catherine Tyldesley, for a second series.

Maggie Ollerenshaw, who plays hairdresser Geraldine, broke the news on social media, tweeting: ‘Devastated to hear @Scarborough is not being recommissioned by the BBC. Best tv comedy I've ever been part of & best public response I've ever had to a character I've played.’

The show was written by Benidorm creator Derren Litten and also starred Stephanie Cole, Steve Edge, Claire Sweeney and Steff Todd.

When it launched in September, the show attracted 2.83 million viewers – the average for the 9.30pm slot – with an older, less affluent audience than normal.  More than 45 per cent of viewers were over-65.

By the end of its run ratings had slipped back to 2.2 million.

Critics gave it a mixed response.

The Guardian praised its ‘warm and wicked’ tone; and Chortle noted: ‘The comedy is generally underplayed, and the better for it.’

The Daily Telegraph gave it three stars, saying it was ‘gentler, wryer and more observational [compared to Benidorm], like a Victoria Wood off-cut’ and praised the cast’s performance.

But The i thought it worthy of only two stars, saying ‘Scarborough’s complete lack of laughs is more frustrating than upsetting’, while The Mirror also thought it wasn’t funny enough, concluding:  ‘This soap opera-style comedy was not my cup of Yorkshire. But let’s hope it warms up

In a statement, the BBC said: ‘Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions to make room for new comedy on BBC One. 

‘We are very proud of Scarborough and would like to thank Derren and the team for all their hard work on the series.’

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Published: 21 Nov 2019

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