ITV has signed up Harry Hill and Dawn French to present news shows for the channel.

Hill is to return to ITV with a new panel show for 2017, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule.

French is to host Little Big Shots, a new series on ITV based on the hit US format.

Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule sees the comedian 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 he must adjudicate on and ultimately decide what’s in and what’s out of the Fun Capsule with the triumphant team winning bragging rights.

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’s TV Burp was a huge hit for ITV, running for 11 years from 2001 to 2012.

Meanwhile, Little Big Shots is a showcase for three to thirteen year olds to take to the stage.

The centrepiece of the programme is an enormous revolving stage.  On one side is a sofa for Dawn French and the children to get to know each other; and on the other is the performance space.

Each show will unveil aspiring young acts from the UK and around the world, with talents that range from black belt karate champions to classical music masters and miniature chefs. There are no prizes at stake, so no winners or losers and no competition.

Little Big Shots is a Wall To Wall production for ITV, and is Exec Produced by Andy Rowe, Head of Entertainment, and Leanne Klein, Chief Executive. It was commissioned by Head of Comedy Entertainment, Peter Davey, ITV and Amanda Stavri Entertainment Commissioner, ITV.

Staff Reporter