Channel 4 picks up Joe Lycett's Got Your Back | Six episodes of his consumer affairs show ordered

Channel 4 picks up Joe Lycett's Got Your Back

Six episodes of his consumer affairs show ordered

Channel 4 has commissioned a full series of Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back after a successful pilot of the comedy consumer affairs show.

The broadcaster has ordered six half-hour episodes of the show, in which the comedian complains on behalf of the people of the UK.

The comic has long made a feature of escalating petty arguments into surreal epics in his stand-up and other work. 

A  video of him on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown describing how he contested a parking fine has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube alone, while his 2016 book  Parsnips, Buttered collected many of his absurd complaints letters and their responses. 

Lycett said: ‘Having spent most of my life sending arsey emails to companies and local councils it is a great treat to now have an amazing crack team to escalate my consumer rights fight and needlessly waste corporate time. 

‘If you’ve been scammed, messed about by a company, or just want to contest a parking fine, then worry not: I’ve got your back.’

Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, was ordered from Rumpus Media by Channel 4’s factual entertainment commissioning editor Sarah Lazenby.

She said: ‘Joe Lycett is a rare talent, who manages to publically lampoon everyone from parking wardens to Donald Trump with wit, warmth and utter charm.

‘His infamous tirades against petty injustices are totally on point and we’re delighted that following a hugely successful pilot we are commissioning a series of his uniquely authored consumer show for Channel 4.’

The pilot also featured deadpan stand-up Mark Silcox as a tech expert,  Daily Telegraph’s consumer champion  Katie Morley and 'Ninette’ who tested advertising claims.

Rumpus Media's previous credits include Romesh Ranganathan’s Asian Provocateur, Joel and Nish Versus The World, and Henning Wehn’s An Immigrant’s Guide To Britain, which also featured Silcox.

Here’s that parking fine story from Cats Does Countdown:

• Lycett charges £12.5million for head as he bids for artistic glory

Published: 12 Jun 2018

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