Channel 4 has commissioned a new six-part comedy entertainment series from RDF, where celebrities will read steamy fan fiction, acted out by a cast of lookalike puppets.

In each episode of The Really Really Rude Puppet Show (w/t), Mel Giedroyc invites a different celebrity to read an erotic piece of creative writing where the celeb is the lead protagonist. Each character in the story is brought to life by a band of puppets voiced by the celebrity and Giedroyc.

The series will showcase new fan fiction writing and, with the help of script editors, bring the best stories to screen. Fan Fiction sees thousands of works published online every week and some of the most successful writers having gone on to achieve book and film deals, including, E.L. James’s  franchise Fifty Shades of Grey.

The series has been commissioned for Channel 4 and All 4 by Vivienne Molokwu, senior commissioning editor, Factual Entertainment.

RDF head of Popular Factual Maia Liddell is executive producer and Toby Brack is series producer.

Channel 4’s Vivienne Molokwu comments: “This is a very Channel 4 way of encouraging creative writing, where artistic self-expression will be encouraged. We may well unearth the next E.L. James in the process, which has got to be a good thing.”

Mel Giedroyc says: “This is going to be a celebration of erotic fan fiction. With puppets. Imagine a world where Jackie Collins meets Thunderbirds. I’m so looking forward to a trip to Love Island… via Tracy Island.”

The Really Really Rude Puppet Show (w/t) is a Banijay format, supported by its Creative Fund and distribution outside its footprint is handled by Banijay Rights.

The Really Really Rude Puppet Show (w/t) will TX on Channel 4 and All 4 later this year.

Pippa Considine

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