30 Jan 2019
Comedian extraordinaire Harry Hill is to join Channel 4 for a new 11pm series that promises a combination of controlled chaos and his favourite funny people on the planet.
The as-yet-unnamed show will see Harry acting as both host and curator of his very own authored late night comedy show. Featuring a host of Harry’s favourite comedians and acts, each of the six episodes will be recorded during the week of transmission in front of an audience.
In addition to well-known and established acts, many of the performers may well be new to viewers but all will be handpicked – and approved – by Harry and introduced accordingly. Performances on the night could take the form of an interview with Harry, audience participation, regular returning comedy segments or simply taking to the floor to do their act. However, given Harry’s reputation for the more anarchic, it promises to be full of surprises.
The series (6 x 60’) was commissioned by Ed Havard, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4 and Tom Beck, Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor for Entertainment. It is a Nit Television production, the joint venture between Harry Hill and CPL Productions (a Red Arrow Studios company) and the Executive Producers are Harry Hill, Mobashir Dar, Danielle Lux and Murray Boland.
Ed Havard, Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment said, “I’m thrilled that a huge star like Harry is excited by the opportunities in our new 11pm slot. We’ve wanted to work with him for a very long time – he has always been a champion of new comedy talent and with Harry at the helm, the series is a fantastic chance to introduce a raft of the best new faces to Channel 4’s audience”
Harry Hill added, “Channel 4 gave me my first break all those years ago – it’ll be great to bring some of my favourite new comics to a wider audience! Stouffer the cat’s thrilled too.”
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule will return to ITV this April with a brand new series airing on Saturday nights.
The comedy panel show sees Harry Hill preside over two teams of celebrities tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion!
Guests coming up in the (7×30) second series include Alex Brooker, Robert Peston, Anneka Rice, Micky Flanagan, Moira Stuart, Una Stubbs, Louis Walsh, Johnny Vegas, Sue Johnston, Anita Rani, Cannon and Ball and Chizzy Akudolu.
Highlights from the first series included Des O’Connor playing ‘chipolata or regular sausage’, local news round up, the Coventry Market sing-a-long and of course the occasional appearance of Alan the Alien. Guests in the first series included Kathy Burke, Joe Lycett, Lorraine Kelly, Josh Widdicombe, Nish Kumar, Des O’Connor and Raleigh Ritchie.
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule was commissioned by ITV’s Comedy Controller Saskia Schuster. It will be produced by Nit Television, the joint venture between Harry Hill and CPL Productions, a red arrows studio company with Mobashir Dar, Murray Boland, Danielle Lux and Harry Hill, executive producing.
Saskia Schuster added: “Harry’s back to save planet earth and the show is as silly as ever – in fact, this second series takes it to a whole new level of silliness! We’ve got a really varied guest list joining Harry for the new series so anything can happen.”
Harry Hill said: “May I make it quite clear that despite the rumours there is nothing ‘silly’ about this show – it is a serious attempt to solve a huge problem – how to prevent an alien invasion! All I am saying is maybe, just maybe the world can be saved with laughter. For series 2 we’ve tweaked the format and I’m pleased to say it’s thinner than ever – I can’t wait!”
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule has been recommissioned by ITV for a second series to air on the channel next year.
The current series finishes this week and has been generating weekly average audiences of over 4 million viewers*.
The comedy panel show has seen Harry Hill preside over two teams tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion!
Guests in the first series have included Kathy Burke, Joe Lycett, Lorraine Kelly, Josh Widdicombe, Nish Kumar, Des O’Connor and Raleigh Ritchie. Highlights have been Des O’Connor playing ‘chipolata or sausage’, local news round up, the Coventry Market sing-a-long and of course the occasional appearance of Alan the Alien.
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule was commissioned by Comedy Commissioning Editor Saskia Schuster and Head of Comedy Entertainment Peter Davey. Produced by Nit Television, the joint venture between Harry Hill and CPL Productions, with Mob Dar, Murray Boland, Danielle Lux and Harry Hill, executive producing.
Harry Hill said “I’m thrilled to hear it’s coming back! It was a lot of fun to make and judging by the fact that no aliens have invaded this year, it’s clearly working.”
Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Commissioner added “We’re really looking forward to finding out what Harry has in store in the next series to save earth from an alien invasion. It can only get sillier.”
Mob Dar, Executive Producer said “Harry and the team are over the moon ITV want more Alien Fun Capsule. We’ve checked his availability, and crucially, it’s a thumbs up from Alan the Alien, too!”.1
*Thursday episode and repeat showing consolidated.
ITV commissions Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule
Harry Hill is to return to ITV, with a new series for 2017.
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule is a panel show that sees Harry Hill presiding over two teams tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion! Each team must find clips, people, basically anything that is fun or funny enough for Harry to place in a capsule which, in the event that we’re invaded by aliens, we can present to them to demonstrate earthlings are good fun and therefore worthy of saving.
Over a series of rounds, the two teams of two present Harry with fun stuff which Harry must adjudicate on and ultimately decide what’s in and what’s out of the Fun Capsule with the triumphant team winning bragging rights.
Along the way there will be sketches, studio items and special guests. And the occasional appearance of an alien.
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule was commissioned by Comedy Commissioning Editor Saskia Schuster and Head of Comedy Entertainment Peter Davey. It will be produced by Nit Television, the joint venture between Harry Hill and CPL Productions, with Mob Dar, Murray Boland, Danielle Lux and Harry Hill, executive producing.
Harry Hill said: “It’s great to be back on ITV with an all new format that finally tackles the problem of an imminent and prolonged war with space aliens, by proving to them that us humans are really a lot of fun to hang out with!”
Saskia Schuster added: “We’re really excited to have Harry back on ITV, and we’re confident that the human race will be safe in his hands with this brand new panel show packed with laughs, silliness and of course, fun.”
CPL STRIKES EXCITING, NEW JOINT VENTURE DEAL – NIT TV – WITH AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN HARRY HILL
Celebrating two series deal with Sky and scripted development deal with BBC
7 April 2016, London – BAFTA-winning independent television and radio production company CPL Productions and multiple award-winning comedian and author Harry Hill announced the launch of Nit TV today.
The new joint venture will see CPL Productions and Harry Hill growing the company together, with CPL acting as the production company for all programmes.
The first commission on their slate is for a two series deal (8 × 30’) with Sky for comedy cookery show Harry Hill’s Tea-Time – a programme featuring Harry’s usual brand of madcap family friendly fun with special star guests.
Celia Taylor, Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning and Richard Ackerman, Commissioning Editor, at Sky, have commissioned the series. Executive Producers are Mobashir Dar, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux for CPL Productions / Nit TV.
Nit TV has also tied up a script development deal with the BBC for a sitcom created by, and starring, Harry Hill. Based on his best-selling comic-memoir, Livin’ The Dreem: A Year In My Life…Probably, it promises a heady mix of tall tales from Harry’s life at home with his mum and even taller tales of celebrity encounters from the centre of the showbiz whirlwind, Bexhill.
Harry Hill commented today: “It’s great to be working with Danielle and Murray at CPL and finally finding a permanent home for all my TV ideas. This new teatime show is a natural fit for Sky – we’re both risk takers! The sitcom idea is one that’s been bubbling under for a while and I’m looking forward to working with Shane Allen at BBC Comedy who’s been a great supporter of mine.”
CPL Productions Managing Director Danielle Lux commented: “We’re overjoyed to be collaborating with Harry Hill, one of the UK’s most popular and unique performers over the last two decades. His creative vision and irreverent approach is a perfect fit for CPL.”
CPL Productions Creative Director Murray Boland added: “We love Harry and these fantastic deals with Sky and the BBC are just the start of a dynamic and lively future for Nit TV.”
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About CPL Productions
CPL is one of the most successful independent TV and radio production companies in the UK. The company’s output spans primetime entertainment, comedy and factual entertainment. An impressive roster of hit shows includes Sky One’s BAFTA-winning A League Of Their Own, ITV1’s Off Their Rockers, Channel 4’s Married At First Sight, and BBC One’s Decimate. CPL is currently filming its first drama commission, Brief Encounters, for ITV – set in the early ‘80s, the six part series introduces Steph, Nita, Dawn and Pauline as unlikely entrepreneurs who begin to sell exotic lingerie – to the dismay (and often delight) of their loved ones – starring Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin, Sharon Rooney and Penelope Wilton.
CPL Productions is part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group (a ProSiebenSat. 1 Group company).
About Harry Hill
Harry Hill is a multiple award-winning comedian and author who has created some of the most successful TV shows of the last two decades including Harry Hill’s TV Burp, collecting three BAFTAs, eight British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux along the way.