Ponder for longer

C4 orders more Russell Brand shows

Russell Brand has landed a second series of his Channel 4 stand-up show Ponderland, despite disappointing ratings for the first run.

Another five half-hour episodes have been ordered from Brand's own production company, Vanity Projects.

The last series, which was stripped across a week in October, failed to capitalise on Brand's media exposure, attracting around 750,000 viewers, or just over eight per cent of the total audience.

However the series, which Brand co-wrote with long-term collaborator Matt Morgan, was nominated for a Bafta.

The second series will again feature a mix of studio-based stand-up, archive footage, phone calls and video inserts, trade newspaper Broadcast reports, with shows themed around topics including pets, education and family.

Brand is also working on a talk show that he hopes will help him crack America, but this week axed the planned movie version of his autobiography, My Booky Wook.

Published: 31 May 2008

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