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It's the late Lateish Show

Mo Gilligan's Channel 4 show to end after 4 series

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan is to end after four seasons, the comedian has revealed.

A Christmas special airing next Wednesday will be the last.

Writing on Instagram, Gilligan said: ‘I can't even begin to describe how proud I am of this show. It genuinely changed my life and has created an industry-wide impact. 

‘It's won numerous awards and achieved even more nominations, but it's the army of people behind the  scenes that made it happen who are so important. ‘

The show championed underrepresented groups in off-screen roles, with the Lateish Accelerator Programme giving entry-level jobs to help would-be production staff learn the ropes.

Gilligan’s Instagram post continued: ‘There are so many moments that I'll always look back on with so much happiness.

‘From that very first moment at Channel 4 where they took a chance on an ambitious young black creative who just couldn't find a way into the industry. To endless creative meetings with all the team at [production company] Expectation who all worked so hard to try and make something with scale, joy and game changing ideas at its heart. To every single production team member who worked relentlessly across all 4 series.

'The epic guests who gave it their all, week in and week out. To the outstanding Compozers and phenomenal MOcalists. All the excellent stand-up comedians who performed on our Lateish Introduces platforms and the outstanding individuals who joined as crew for our game-changing Lateish Accelerator Programme. 

'All the brilliant crew and staff at BBC Studios. My incredible team at my production company MOMO G who always push me in the best kind of way. To everyone at Channel 4 for continuing to support me over and over again and most importantly, the viewers - those who have watched us, shared the clips, taken part and supported us for so long. 

‘It's been a huge privilege to bring people into my world every Friday night and just have fun.

‘Next year is a busy one for me but I'm beyond thankful for what has been achieved and I'll never take lightly the opportunity that I was given. I promise to keep pushing for more of those opportunities for the next generation of young creatives...

‘And to that next young Mo, who is just trying to catch a break...To them I say, keep going. Don't give up. Everything is possible… The Lateish Show proves it.’


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The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan launched on Channel 4 in July 2019, after the comedian proved a hit as the sidekick on  The Big Narstie Show the previous year.

Next year, Gilligan will be touring the UK, US and Europe with his In The Moment stand-up show, while the animated film 10 Lives – in which he makes his starring film debut as a talking cat – is to get its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

Last month, Gilligan also ruled himself out of hosting the 2024 Brit Awards, after two years in the job.  

The last Latish Show airs at 10pm on December 20 and and features guests Joel Dommett, Allan Mustafa,  of People Just Do Nothing and The Curse, singer  Leona Lewis, and TV Cupid and I’m A Celebrity contestant Fred Sirieix.

» Mo ​Gilligan UK tour dates

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Published: 13 Dec 2023

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