Satire Show set for second series
Channel 4 has commissioned a second series for satire show, 10 O'Clock Live. It stars popular comedians Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell and also features Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne. However, there will be some changes to the show.
The live comedy programme which takes a satirical look on the week's news will have its running time cut from an hour to 45 minutes. Channel 4 said that it would "still allow for an in-depth look at the news stories but will mean we're less dependent on the news cycle".
The first series which started in January of this year ran for 15 episodes. The second series will have a 10 episode run. It began with an audience of 1.9 million and received generally positive reviews but as it neared the end of its run, the average audience dropped to 1 million. It aimed to, in its Thursday night slot, lure younger viewers turned off by Newsnight and Question Time.
Darren Smith, the channel's commissioning editor for entertainment at Channel 4, said:
"After learning from the first series, we're keen to cover the same kinds of stories, with a similarly acerbic angle but will be making efforts to make the running order a little more flexible.
"That means we will have regular items but you perhaps won't see them every single week. It's a slightly more bespoke approach to the news agenda that gives the show room to breathe, and hopefully room to be even funnier.
"We're thrilled to be back in this territory again, especially with such an enormously talented lineup. I don't think a show like this could exist anywhere else but C4."
10 O'Clock Live will be produced by Endemol UK subsidiary Zeppotron. Ruth Phillips, head of comedy at Endemol commented:
"We're delighted to be back with our exceptional cast delivering weekly live satirical comedy alongside an in depth look at current affairs. We're also grateful that we'll be on air just in time for the collapse of the entire western world."
It is expected to return in early 2012. The website for the show is here