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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New game show for Jason Manford

First Or Last to air in a primetime Saturday slot

Jason Manford is to front a new primetime comedy gameshow for BBC One.

Contestants in First And Last have to ensure they aren’t too good or bad in every game, as the one who comes first or last in each round is eliminated.

The comedian said: ‘I’m so excited to be presenting this. As I get older I try not to be involved in any show that I 100 per cent wouldn’t watch myself, and this to me is classic early Saturday evening telly. 

‘It’s fun and light-hearted with great characters and silly games. I always think when the world feels a bit hard and tough, you want to be able to flick the telly on and block all of that stuff out by having a good laugh.’

The BBC has ordered six 45-minute episodes from producers Zeppotron.

Executive producer Peter Holmes said: ‘First and Last is a beautifully simple premise around which to build all sorts of studio silliness and gameshow tension, and we’re delighted to have Jason at the heart of the show.’

Eleven players start each show and compete for a cash prize of up to £10,000.   Click here to apply to take part .

First And Last production credits

Made by: Zeppotron, part of EndemolShine UK
Commissioned by: Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content, and Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning
 Executive producers: Peter Holmes, Ruth Phillips and Karen Murdoch. 
Series producer: Keith Cotton
Commissioning editor for the BBC: Pinki Chambers

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Published: 27 Sep 2019

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