Doctor Who star David Tennant to front new Channel 4 panel show ‘Comedy World Cup’

David Tennant certainly hasn’t been short of jobs since finishing on Doctor Who two in 2010 and it seems he will be trying his hand at something a little different later this year.

It has been confirmed that the Scottish actor has will front a new panel show on Channel 4, which is being billed as the network’s biggest ever Saturday night comedy event.

The dad of two will oversee proceedings, as some of the biggest names in the Brit comedy scene go head to head to prove they are the wittiest and funniest on television. The comedians will be split into two teams, who will engage in improvised sketches and setups.

To tie in with the football championship, those who win on the night will take home their own world cup style trophy.

The eight part series is due to kick off on Channel 4 in just a few weeks time and will run over weekends in autumn.

A source told The Daily Star: “Each team will feature a real mix of comedy stars.

“For instance you could have Alan Carr, Ronnie Corbett and Russell Howard competing against Frankie Boyle, James Buckley from the Inbetweeners and Clive Anderson.”

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Tennant, as in June he started filming the 3-part political drama series The Politician’s Husband for BBC2, playing an ambitious cabinet minister who takes drastic action when his wife’s career starts to outshine his.It was also announced recently that he would star in the new ITV detective series Broadchurch. The series starts filming in Bristol in August, and will air in January 2013.

All this and he’s still the face of Virgin Media!

Will you be glad to see David back on the box? Do you think he’ll do well in this unfamiliar genre? Leave your comments below…



  1. Tammy Smith on August 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

    At first I thought this show was going to be like the US series Last Comic Standing, but it’s different. Still sounds interesting, though. And Tennant is great at comedy. I think he’s a perfect host for it.

  2. H on August 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I’m looking forward to this – I loved it when David hosted “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” and this should be just as much fun.

    I think he’s a natural.

  3. Desariella of Aresia on August 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I love David. He is and always will be my Doctor. I hope he returns for a 50th anniversary special. I’d love to see 9, 10, and 11, star in a multi-doc story.

    *Please check out my DW story “The Aresian Saga” (Just Google the title)

  4. Susan Gershman on August 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    So great to hear David is working non-stop. He deserves to as an amazing all-around talent. Especially with comedy. I do hope it makes it to BBCAmerica before I’m in a wheelchair, though. Americans miss so much of his wonderful stuff and have to go through all kinds of detective work through YouTube to find bits of it so much later.

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