Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle will return...
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
will be back on BBC Two, after fans lobbied for its return. However, they will have to wait two years for a new series. The BBC have confirmed that it will return in 2014 and 2015 for two series, with series containing six episodes.
Executive producer Armando Iannucci tweeted the news after a fan enquired about its return: ”Yes! The BBC have commissioned 2 more series.”
Cheryl Taylor, the BBC Comedy commissioner said:
“Stewart has established himself as one of the most respected and revered comedians on the circuit and we couldn't be more thrilled to confirm that he will be driving two more series of his Comedy Vehicle around BBC Two.”
Mark Freeland, the head of the BBC Comedy department added:
“How brilliant that BBC Two has given Stewart Lee two more series. It is reward for a unique, perfectionist, hardworking, bit scary comedy master and the wonderful team behind him. I'm standing by with my compliance forms.”
The first series of Comedy Vehicle averaged just under one million viewers in its 10pm slot. The second series was moved to the post-Newsnight 11.20pm slot after the channel controller Janice Hadlow wanted more experimental programming there.
Stewart Lee, the comedian who fronts the show, said:
“I am delighted to be returning to BBC Two, TV's historic home of smart-ass comedy, for two more series, with the same multi-gong-grabbing team as before.
“I can't really believe this opportunity has been presented to me, and I certainly wasn't expecting it. I hope to repay this unprecedented act of blind faith by donning my too tight jacket to hone another six hours of densely irritating stand-up over the next four years, spliced with aggressive Armando grillings and obtuse filmic codas.
“It will be amazing to be able to move forward and experiment in this unprecedentedly secure position. Thanks to everyone out there who watched the series, wrote about them, or lobbied for their return. I will make you proud. Peace! I'm outta here! You should have killed me last year!”
You can view a clip of Stewart Lee discussing Morgan Freeman during an episode of Comedy Vehicle: