Comedy Central UK has greenlit three new shows, two from Monkey and one from Rumpus media.

Female-fronted discussion show Yesterday, Today & The Day Before has been commissioned from Rumpus Media. The Complaints Department and quiz format Fact Off (w/t), have both been ordered from Monkey.

All three series will air on Comedy Central UK this year.

In Rumpus Media-produced Yesterday, Today & The Day Before (6 x 60’), a female-led panel of famous comedy faces will offer a “fresh and unique” take on all that’s happened in the world, poring over topical news, pop culture and funny anecdotes. Guests will also be involved, “injecting unpredictability into the discussion” and inspiring a topic for a section of the show dedicated to them.

Produced by Monkey, which is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, The Complaints Department (6 x 60’) is a panel show that sees two teams of well-known comics revelling in complaining. Over a series of rounds, the teams will be presented with the finest of moans, whines and protests from the great British public and beyond, from the internet, tweets, interviews and good-old fashioned stiff letters. “As well as finding the funny in the complaints, the teams will be bringing their own gripes to get off their chests.”

Monkey will also produce comedy quiz show Fact Off (w/t) (6 x 60’), in which four comedians, armed with the most impressive facts and fascinating trivia they know, try to outsmart one another throughout a variety of rounds in a bid to get their knowledge onto the show’s prestigious ‘Wall of Facts’.

“It’s exciting to be further establishing Comedy Central UK as the go-to destination for brilliant British comedy, with new commissions that will fit perfectly within our expanding slate of originals,” Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Director of Programmes at ViacomCBS Networks UK commented. “These three new rich and varied formats with top-tier comedic talent at the heart are guaranteed to keep our audiences laughing.”

Will Macdonald, Monkey’s Creative Director and Executive Producer added: “There’s nothing the people of this nation love more than being righteously indignant, apart from perhaps claiming an amazing fact they’ve heard on the bus as their own. So, we’re excited to have created two shows looking at the funny side of the very British art forms of quality complaining and showing off knowledge which may or may not be true.”

The new series follow Cardwell’s recommissioning of an extended run of parlour game show Guessable (pictured), whose first season proved a hit with viewers, becoming Comedy Central UK’s biggest new title of 2020. The Tuesday’s Child-produced second series will see Sara Pascoe and John Kearns return as host and co-host, whilst Alan Davies and Darren Harriott are back as team captains.

Emily Hudd is Executive Producer and Lucy Topping is Series Producer for Rumpus Media’s Yesterday, Today & The Day Before. Will Macdonald and Toby Brack serve as Executive Producers for Monkey’s The Complaints Department and Fact Off (w/t). Further details for the commissions, including talent and TX times will be revealed in due course.

Jon Creamer

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