Adam Riches pilots TV idea

Hero Of The Half Hour

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Adam Riches is piloting a new TV series, based on the audience interaction elements of his live shows.

The comic will be testing out ideas for Hero Of The Half Hour, at the BBC this Friday. It will be based on his 2009 Fringe show, Adam Riches Rides, in which a member of the audience is made the centre of an adventure.

He said: ‘These rousing scenarios will be set in a typically “Boys Own” genre such as the Wild West, the icy tundra or Greek mythology – and through their own decisions (plus a little bit of coercive manipulation from me!), the audience member will hopefully transform themselves into the Hero Of The Half Hour.’

Of the pilot, he added: ‘I have an ensemble cast of comedy actors I've worked with over the years helping me play it out, and if we pull it off we'll all get to develop it further and if we don't then I'm going to kill myself and everyone in it. So it's pretty high stakes.’

The trial run takes place at Television Centre, in West London, at the early hour of 10.45am on Friday. Click here to be in the audience – though the BBC warns: ‘Do come prepared to be part of the show.’

Published: 13 Dec 2011

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