Mark Watson's improv show canned

No full series after pilot's low ratings

Mark Watson’s improv show is not to be commissioned by digital channel Dave, the comedian has revealed.

A one-off pilot of Improvisation My Dear Mark Watson – also featuring Rufus Hound, Stephen K Amos, Josie Long and Isy Suttie – was broadcast earlier this month, but executives said the ratings were too low.

On his blog, Watson wrote: ‘So, the improv show didn’t get commissioned for a series. Not enough people watched it, that was why. Rather peculiar, you might say, as it’s asking a lot of people to watch a show they’ve never heard of before and which appears on a digital channel and doesn’t have Keith Lemon in it, but there you are.’

He also pointed out that his previous shows, We Need Answers and Mark Watson Kicks Off, were also axed because of poor ratings.

He added: ‘I hope I’m not giving the impression that making TV shows is a well-paid but soul-destroying process... it’s not THAT well-paid.’

Here is a clip from the show:

Published: 20 Jul 2011

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