JACK DEE NEWS
Power Monkeys is a show like no other - a scripted comedy (practically) made and aired in one day, with six writers, four directors and a whole host of panicking political power monkeys...
Following the success of their 2015 election comedy Ballot Monkeys, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin (Ballot Monkeys, Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey) return to Channel 4 with a six-part satire lampooning the fictional communications and social media 'experts' on both sides of the EU referendum, as well as taking audiences a few doors down from the Kremlin and into the imagined world of Donald Trump's campaign plane.
Featuring a stellar comedic cast including Jack Dee and Claire Skinner in the pro-Europe 'Unity Unit', and Andy Nyman and Kevin McNally heading the 'Brexit Roadshow' bus, the show will, of course, go big on the EU, with two episodes bookending June's all-important Brexit referendum.
At the Conservative HQ's Unity Unit is Oliver (award-winning comedian Jack Dee), a volatile ex-hack who regularly enjoys winding up his sensitive colleague Sarah (Claire Skinner, Outnumbered), who employs laboured metaphors in, what her colleagues might unkindly term, her 'psychobabble'.
Power Monkeys airs on Channel 4 every Wednesday at 10:00pm from 8th June, with an extra special episode following the EU referendum, at 10:00pm on Friday 24th June.
BBC Two has commissioned a new panel show, hosted by Jack Dee.
Jack Dee's Election HelpDesk will air on BBC Two in the weeks leading up to the General Election on May 7th.
Based on Jack's own critically-acclaimed live show, Jack Dee's HelpDesk, the series will offer viewers a light comedic take on the upcoming UK general election.
Jack Dee's Election HelpDesk will see 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 written or prepared and the panel don't know what the questions from the audience will be until the show begins.
Jack 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 to BBC Two.'
'Dispel all your problems in an hour of fun' - The Guardian
Got a problem? Need a sympathetic ear? Jack and his panel of experts are here to help. Whether it's relationships, career advice, personal worries or something as simple as how to tell your emotionally stunted in-laws you no longer want them in your life. Come along and share your troubles with Jack – and in no way have them ridiculed in front of a live audience.
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Now established as one of Britain’s well loved and biggest comedy stars, Jack Dee has captured the imagination of audiences and critics with his dry humour and dead pan delivery. He’s won three British Comedy Awards, and was nominated for Best Entertainment Performer at the 2005 BAFTAs.
In the beginning
Jack’s stand up career began in 1986 when he delivered his first open mike spot at the world famous London Comedy Store. Like most established comedians it wasn’t until 1991 that he got his first big break by being nominated for the Edinburgh Festival Perrier Award and wining the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Newcomer.
Saturday Night and Sunday Service
In 1992 Jack hosted the critically acclaimed The Jack Dee Show on Channel 4 which went on to run for two series. He then moved to ITV where he hosted Jack Dee’s Saturday Night (1995) and Jack Dee’s Sunday Service (1997). By 2000 he had moved to BBC1 and presented two series of Jack Dee’s Happy Hour.
In 2004 Jack hosted Jack Dee Live at the Apollo (BAFTA nominated) which was quickly followed by a second series in 2005. In 2006 Jack teamed up with Pete Sinclair to write the critically acclaimed sitcom Lead Balloon for BBC4. Rave reviews and record ratings saw the series repeated on BBC2 that same year, and it was quickly followed by a further series of eight episodes in 2007. In 2008 a third series of six shows and a Christmas special aired on BBC2, followed in the summer of 2011 by the final series of a further six shows.
On stage and screen
As an actor Jack has appeared in The Ambassador (BBC1), Silent Witness (BBC1), The Grimleys (ITV1), Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC1), Jonathan Creek (BBC1), The Deputy (BBC1) and Tunnel of Love (ITV1). Jack has appeared on the big screen in Londinium, Spivs and, in 2006, The Last Drop and Short Order. His West End stage debut as an actor came in 1998 when he played the role of Yvan in the critically acclaimed production of Art at the Wyndhams Theatre; he later returned to play the part Serge in the same production.
Jack has six stand-up DVD’s currently available, all taken from his critically acclaimed tours; Jack Dee Live at the Duke of York’s Theatre (1992), Jack Dee Live at the London Palladium (1994), Jack Dee Live and Uncut (1997), The Best of Jack Dee’s Happy Hour (2000), Jack Dee Live at the Apollo (2002), and Jack Dee Live Again (2005). The four disc box set – Jack Dee Live, The Stand-up Collection (1994-2005) was released through Universal Pictures.
‘On stage Jack is never less than triumphant… there are few comedians who can sustain this rage, but he keeps the bile rolling and turns grumpiness into an art form’ – The Evening Standard