Channel 4 commissions new prank show I’m Spazticus, and renews PhoneShop

by Lynn Connolly

Good news for fans of Channel 4 and E4 comedy today in that C4 is to air a new prank show, entitled, I’m Spazticus, and E4 have renewed sitcom, PhoneShop.

Starting with the announcement of the new show, C4 describe it as “a brand new prank show featuring disabled performers pranking able bodied members of the public.”

There will apparently be, “A mix of hidden camera, moc doc and with a studio based element, the show will feature a number of recurring characters as well as one-offs.”

Commissioned initially for five episodes, each thirty minutes long, the pilot episode will air to coincide with Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympics this year…

Of the new show, Nerys Evans, Commissioner of Channel 4 Comedy, said “We’re very excited to be doing a show that first and foremost will be very funny and also showcases some of the very best disabled talent both on screen and behind the camera.”

And Jamie O’Leary, producer of I’m Spazticus, added, “‘I’m Spazticus uses the world of comedy to explore the world of disability; employing disabled writers and a cast of disabled on-screen talent to play pranks on an unsuspecting general public.

“Whilst this far from revenge TV we hope it’s both barrier and ground breaking – it will never be worthy and box-ticking but hopefully funny and very funny.”

On now to the renewal of E4’s PhoneShop for a third series, Phil Bowker, who writes, produces and directs the show, said, “We are genuinely delighted that we’re going to get to work with the good people , at E4 again this year.

“PhoneShop is something I care deeply about and it’s incredible (and rare) to be able to nurture and grow it in the company of people who have an unparalleled enthusiasm and understanding of your show.”

The show is expected to return with the new series later this year.

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.