£1m? That's proper Bo

DVD windfall for next series

The next comedy show from  Bo’ Selecta! creator Leigh Francis has already earned £1 million – four months before it airs.

DVD rights to the Channel 4 show A Bear’s Tale have reportedly been snapped up for the seven-figure sum by Universal Picture.

They hope to repeat the success of Bo’ Selecta, whose first series has sold more than 1 million copies on disc.

The six-part spin-off – following on from a successful Christmas special – is expected to air in July, with the DVD out for this year’s festive market.

Independent production house Bellyache Productions, which is making the show, will use the proceeds of the sale to fund other projects – including an entertainment series from comic Russell Brand – trade magazine Broadcast reports.


Published: 19 Mar 2005

Today's comedy-on demand picks


The UK's longest-running improv team are putting a show online for the very first time since they started in 1985. They will be live-stream an hour of Sunday night footage from their archives from 7.30pm.

The line-up will feature Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson and Andy Smart.

Click for more suggestions

... including Andrew Maxwell Breaks The Internet and a streamed version of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe curio Panopticon, from the Consignia sketch group.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.