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.
Catch up with this week's episodes of You're Fired on BBC iPlayer, as Jack Dee starts as the new host of BBC Two's companion show to The Apprentice, with fellow comic Romesh Ranganathan taking a regular place on the panel alongside the business experts and celebrities who appear each week to discuss the outgoing candidates' performance.
Jack enjoys a special empathy with the candidates as he has been through the process himself, taking part in 2009's Comic Relief Does The Apprentice. Jack made it into the final boardroom only to be beaten by Michelle Mone of the women's team.
Jack commented: 'I'm very much looking forward to hosting You're Fired and hope that the luckless candidates will see me as the friendly face at the end of a difficult time in their lives.'
Romesh Ranganathan commented: 'As a massive fan of The Apprentice this is very exciting for me. I love You're Fired and am looking forward to putting all the questions to the candidates that people at home want to see asked. I also have a number of business proposals of my own that I think Lord Sugar will be pretty interested in...'
Mark Linsey, Controller Entertainment Commissioning added: 'It's great news that we have someone of Jack's comedy calibre as host of You're Fired, and I'm really excited that he will be aided and abetted by the hugely talented Romesh. Jack will be brilliant at guiding us through the highlights of The Apprentice and as a super fan of the series, Romesh will provide us with his own uniquely funny perspective.'
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller BBC Two and BBC Four, said: 'BBC TWO should always be fantastic company and who better than Jack Dee and Romesh Ranganathan to share the candidates' highs and lows with us and bring their wonderfully funny take on the week’s events - I'm delighted to welcome them both to You’re Fired.'
The Apprentice and You're Fired return to BBC later this year.
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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Josh is a brand-new sitcom series written by Josh Widdicombe and Tom Craine, and, as the title suggests, stars Josh too. The show follows Josh and two mates living in a flatshare and features Elis James as Owen and Beattie Edmondson as Kate. Jack Dee also stars as the trio’s landlord, Geoff, who is a shoo-in for this year's Most Irritating Landlord award. This sitcom will focus on the small things in life. Josh is like the rest of us: easily embarrassed, full of polite indignation and mildly irritated by having the teabag and hot water given to him separately on a train... but only for Josh can that irritation escalate within thirty minutes to him accidentally scalding the driver and causing a three train pile-up.
The series follows on from a pilot which was made as part of the BBC Comedy Feeds strand and is made by BBC In-house Comedy Production. It is directed by David Schneider (The Day Today, I'm Alan Partridge) and produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer (Small Scenes, The Guns Of Adam Riches, Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters). Josh is written by Josh Widdicombe (The Last Leg, Live at The Apollo, 8 Out of Ten Cats) and Tom Craine (Jigsaw, Live At The Electric).
Jack Dee returns to BBC2 for a brand new six part series of Shooting Stars starting tonight, Monday 8th August, at 10:00pm.
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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