Sky picks up Comedians Watching Football...series | Eight episodes following successful pilot

Sky picks up Comedians Watching Football...series

Eight episodes following successful pilot

Sky One has picked up Comedians Watching Football With Friends for a full series.

Eight half-houer episodes will feature the comics viewing and commentating on two Premier League matches in separate studios, which are made to look like sitting rooms.g else, as the action unfolds.

Comics taking part – and the teams they support – include  Nish Kumar (Manchester United), Jon Richardson (Leeds United), Tom Davis (West Ham United), Matt Forde (Nottingham Forest), Joe Wilkinson (Gillingham), Lee Mack (Blackburn Rovers), Josh Widdicombe (Plymouth Argyle), Adrian Chiles (West Bromwich Albion) and Iain Stirling (Liverpool, pictured).

The only woman listed in the initial announcement is Arsenal fan Emily Dean, Frank Skinner’s sidekick on his Absolute Radio show.

The commission from programme-makers Avalon follows a pilot revealed by Chortle last year. 

Phil Edgar Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: ‘There’s not much that arouses the passions more than football, so what better way to watch than with some of Britain’s funniest comedians who’ll lace the passion with buckets of wit and laughter as they watch the Premiership season unfold with their pals.

‘It’s a show you could only ever get on Sky and we can’t wait to join in the fun.

Each episode is filmed with a live audience of partisan football fans.

Production credits

Commissioned by: Phil Edgar Jones and Bill Hobbins for Sky One
Made by: Avalon
Series producer: Danny Carr
Directed by: Peter Orton and Paul Wheeler
Executive producers: Rob Aslett, Andy Devonshire, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen Turner.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

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