Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 7 March 2015

Britton show didn't 'cut through'

Fern Britton hosted a teatime Channel 4 show
Fern Britton hosted a teatime Channel 4 show

Fern Britton's Channel 4 show will not be coming back for a second series, the broadcaster has said.

Jay Hunt, Channel 4's chief creative officer, described Fern as a "fantastic daytime talent" but said her teatime show, Fern, would not be returning.

She said: "At the end of the day it didn't really cut through with viewers and we have to learn from that. I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again but that particular show didn't work."

She also said the channel was in an "ongoing conversation" with controversial comedian Frankie Boyle.

She said: "Frankie Boyle is talented and we are in ongoing conversations with him. I would be perfectly happy to put him on screen again if we thought we had something we were excited about."

The broadcaster also announced an original animation from the team behind the Simpsons movie and a programme that will see people take Class A drugs live on TV.

Drugs Live, a four-part science series "experiment", will look at the effect of illegal drugs and alcohol on the body.

The channel defended the drugs programme saying that the Government's drugs tsar had been sacked for claiming that LSD and ecstasy were less harmful than alcohol and that the broadcaster was "putting that to the test".

The broadcaster has also commissioned its first original animation, Happy Families, an edgy comedy made by Rough Draft, the team behind the Simpsons Movie. The cartoon is about a quintessentially British suburban family and will include "cameos from celebrities" as we've "never seen them before".

Channel 4 will also show Black Mirror, a darkly comic drama series written by Charlie Brooker, looking at "our unease about the way in which technology is changing our world", a new political thriller, Coup, written by Robert Jones, and the US version of Danish crime series The Killing, a thriller.

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