BBC Two has lined up a range of comedy programmes from Jack Dee and Charlie Brooker in the run up to the UK General Election on May 7th.
Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk, which is based on Jack’s own critically-acclaimed live show, Jack Dee’s Helpdesk, sees the comedian turned agony uncle help a live studio audience dispel their election problems and aims to shed light on their dilemmas and issues relating to the General Election. In each episode, Jack will be accompanied by a panel of four special comedic guests. Nothing is prepared or written in advance and the panel won't know what the audiences’ questions will be until the show begins.
The 3x30’ series will offer viewers a light comedic take on the upcoming general election and is produced by Open Mike Productions. It was commissioned by Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning and Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two.
Jack Dee says: "As a live show, Helpdesk has proved to be an original format for comedy and a real hit around the country so we are all incredibly excited to be able to bring it to BBC Two.”
Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk will air on BBC Two from mid April.
Fresh from the third series of his Weekly Wipe show, Charlie Brooker is to turn his attention to the general election in a 60-minute special.
As the nation prepares to take to the polling stations, Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe will bring viewers a summary of the good, the bad and the inevitable ugliness of the election campaign. In effect, Brooker will follow it so everyone else doesn’t have to. But he won’t be doing it on his own. Alongside comedian Morgana Robinson, Weekly Wipe’s Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas will impart their unique perspective on the politics, propaganda and party plans the nation is set to have rammed down its throat.
Charlie Brooker says: “At a time of great political uncertainty it'll be an honour to bring some much-needed confusion to the national debate. Since our show transmits in the run up to the election, it will have to adhere to strict impartiality rules - which means it will, by law, be equally disparaging to all parts of the political spectrum.”
Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe is written and presented by Charlie Brooker and executive produced by Annabel Jones through House of Tomorrow, part of Endemol Shine Group. Nick Vaughan-Smith also executive produces. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Chris Sussman.
Additionally, as previously announced, Rory Bremner returns to BBC Two in Rory Bremner's Election Report for a timely post-election special, focusing on life after the vote. With a new government installed, who really runs the country? And how? Just before the new government sets out on its five-year mission to austerity and beyond, we ask who has really won, and why. Rory Bremner’s Election Report (1x30) is a Vera production, produced by Geoff Atkinson. BBC commissioning editor is Gregor Sharp.
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two, said: "With shows from Jack Dee and Charlie Brooker, as well as Rory Bremner's Election Report, BBC Two is the place to come for the smartest, funniest, sharpest take on the General Election. They are just the kind of strong, lively voices I want as part of our ambitious range of new comedy this year."