Alex Horne, creator and star of Taskmaster, will write and star in a further Channel 4 series,  The Horne Section TV Show, made by Avalon.

The new six-part scripted comedy piloted last year. The Horne Section band has already made many appearances on TV including on Channel 4’s The Last Le, and Dictionary Corner on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. It has an iTunes chart topping podcast The Horne Section Podcast and has made three series of Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section on BBC Radio 4.

Horne has been working with the band since 2010, when they first performed together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alex Horne said: “I’ve always thought the title of a show is indicative of the quality of the writing within a show, so ‘The Horne Section TV Show’ looks set to be pretty special. I’ve known some of these musicians for over forty years and I can safely say that it’s very weird that any of them are now going to be in a six-part scripted comedy series on Channel 4.”

Fiona McDermott, head of Comedy, Channel 4, commented: “Alex is an extraordinarily talented comic; unique, charming and unpredictable, The Horne Section TV Show is set to mirror all these qualities, with a unique blend of talk show and sitcom, music and mayhem and we can’t wait to share it with the Channel 4 viewers.”

The show was commissioned for Channel 4 by head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and commissioning executive, Joe Hullait. The executive producers are Alex Horne, James Taylor, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner for Avalon. The series is produced by Matt Stronge and directed by Barbara Wiltshire. The Horne Section are: Alex Horne (band leader), Joe Auckland (trumpet and banjo), Mark Brown (saxophone and guitar), Will Collier (bass), Ben Reynolds (drums and percussion) and Ed Sheldrake (keyboards).

The production will join Avalon’s slate of comedies which include Catastrophe (Amazon Prime Video/Channel 4), Fantasy Football League (BBC/ITV), TV Burp (ITV) and Workaholics (Comedy Central USA).


Pippa Considine

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