Jack Rooke’s comedy Big Boys has been refreshed by Channel 4 for a second series.
his show, about two dissimilar young men who have an unlikely friendship in college, stars Derry Girls actor Dylan Llewellyn alongside Jon Pointing.
It will return to screens after the original six-part series, based on an autobiographical stage show by Rooke, which has won praise for its ability to handle bereavement, love, and male friendship.
Creator and writer Rooke said: “The reaction to the Big Boys series was so kind, warm, and beyond anything any of us could have hoped for, our entry into Gogglebox. probably the proudest moment of my life and my mom’s life (she got over 100 Facebook likes for it!).
“And so, after a big stint at Harvester, I decided I might have some more embarrassing stories about me and my friends to mine for comic book material, so get ready. for an even worse second year at Brent University.”
Charlie Perkins, head of comedy at Channel 4, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that Big Boys will be back.
“This was one of my first commissions as head of comedy at Channel 4 and it fits perfectly with what I think makes the best comedy; a lot of hearts mixed with a lot of diligence.
“Jack is a very special person, I can’t wait to see what happens in season two.”
It comes as Channel 4 announced two new competitive TV shows.
From Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group, Rise & Fall is described by the broadcaster as a “major new social experiment that explores the gap between haves and have-nots” and will see members of the public living in a “Succession- like” world.
They will be split between a luxury penthouse and a basement workplace, and compete through 18 episodes to level up for cash prizes.
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Alf Lawrie, head of reality entertainment at Channel 4, said: “Society is made up of haves and don’ts, powerful people and powerless people.
“In this fascinating new reality format, we’ll see how power is gained, what happens when power goes out, and how finding power can bring out the best or worst in people. .”
Meanwhile, the six-part series Alone will see 10 contestants released into the remote northern Canadian wilderness, where each must survive entirely alone.
Made by The Garden, the series will see contestants equipped with only a few basic tools.
They’ll face off against the elements and wildlife including bears, elk and werewolves, all while filming their own adventures, and whoever survives the longest wins £100,000.
Ian Dunkley, Channel 4’s reality entertainment editor, said: “In one of the most extreme locations on earth, the cast will not only have to battle the elements and animals. hostile wilderness, but also facing adversity without a crew, without a producer, and without a catering truck on standby.
“It will provide a fascinating insight into the human spirit and what it takes to survive any hardship.”
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