Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson to bring Down The Line to BBC Two
They brought controversial phone-in host Gary Bellamy to BBC Radio 4 – now Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson are set to unleash their creation on the Great British public, letting Bellamy out of the studio to meet people face to face as Down The Line moves to BBC Two, it was announced today by Mark Freeland, BBC Head of Comedy.
Speaking at a Comedy Forum, hosted by Jana Bennett, Director BBC Vision, Mark revealed that Gary Bellamy will abandon the comfort of his studio and take to the road to meet the people of Britain and elicit their views on topics ranging from crime and religion to class and culture.
Mark Freeland said: “Down The Line on Radio 4 made my face ache with laughter. It’s a real thrill that it will now be doing the same on BBC Two. And it’s great for BBC in-house to be working with Paul and Charlie again.”
Lucy Lumsden, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, added: “Down The Line was one of the freshest radio comedies of recent years, starring the cream of the UK’s comedy talent. With this transfer, the BBC Two viewers are in for a real treat.”