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Comic Kay in talent show spoof

Peter Kay
Peter Kay takes on roles of contestants in the show

Comedian Peter Kay is returning to Channel 4 with a new comedy poking fun at TV talent shows such as X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

Kay has written and directed Britain's Got The Pop Factor And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice.

He will also appear in the show in the guise of TV talent show contestants.

The comedy is part of Channel 4's autumn season, announced at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

Julian Bellamy, head of programming for Channel 4, described the show as an "affectionate spoof".

"It features TV auditions, bitchy judges, performance anxieties - they're all there," he said.

Former Popstars and Pop Idol judges Nicki Chapman and Pete Waterman, as well as Dr Fox, play judges in the comedy.

Phoenix Nights star Kay, 35, plays two contestants, a solo act called Geraldine and another who is part of the foursome Two Up Two Down.

History drama

Other highlights of Channel 4's new season include Oscar-winning actress Samantha Morton's directorial debut The Unloved, about growing up in care - as Morton herself did.

Dramas include The Devils' Whore about the English civil war, and The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall about the aftermath of the death of a British student at the hands of an Israeli sniper in 2003.

In Jamie's Ministry of Food, TV chef Jamie Oliver tries to encourage more home-cooking.

Documentaries include The Ascent of Money, about the financial secrets behind history, and Catastrophe on the history of natural disasters.

There will also be a series of programmes on Britain's "public and social institutions" called The State of the Nation.

Programmes will look at a range of subjects including the family, the NHS, the police, human trafficking, the welfare system, and the adoption system.

Mr Bellamy said no decision had been made on whether Celebrity Big Brother will return.

A new series has not been made since the controversy over the row between Jade Goody and Shilpa on the show in 2007.

Mr Bellamy added that programme budgets this year will go down because of the advertising downturn.




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