That's Entertainment - New Channel 4 Commissions Unveiled

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Ed Havard, Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment, TV Events and Sport today announced a tranche of new talent led commissions with Alan Carr, Miranda Hart and Harry Hill. These new commissions are in addition to the recently announced Host The Week - Tiger Aspect’s unrehearsed and improvised topical studio show with a different guest host each week- and the Alan Carr helmed pilot of The Price is Right.

C4 announces new season, 50 Shades of Gay

Channel 4 is marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality with a new season of programmes: 50 Shades of Gay. In a documentary of the same name, Rupert Everett delivers his personal and frank take on the developments in gay life in Britain since decriminalisation. Not Guilty (w/t) shows how gay men continued to be persecuted long after the 1967 Act began to decriminalise homosexuality. Far from ushering in an end to prejudice, 1967 unleashed a backlash of homophobia. Epidemic [w/t] tells how an unlikely coalition of gay campaigners, Tory politicians, and pioneering doctors came together to fight AIDS in the 1980s – and changed Britain in the process. Born This Way (w/t) reveals that while campaigners were battling Parliament for legal reforms, pop music was changing hearts and minds, bringing gay culture into the living rooms of Britain. And in Britain’s Great Gay Buildings, famous faces such as Simon Callow, Lord Waheed, Anna Richardson and Mary Portas champion the buildings where extraordinary moments in Britain’s gay history took place. Exclusively on All4 Raised by Queers (w/t) sees Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks) exploring parenting in the LGBTQIA community and speaking to those who have been on this journey. Finally, All 4’s Out on 4 Collection will offer up a celebration landmark Channel 4 shows including Queer as Folk, Terry and Julian and Muslim Drag Queens.

Greg Davies and Alex Horne welcome a new batch of contestants for Taskmaster series 5

Aisling Bea
, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillipswill compete to be crowned Taskmaster champion in series five of the BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Broadcasting Press Guild and Broadcast award-nominated show, produced by Avalon, starring BAFTA-nominated Greg Davies and Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Alex Horne. Series five of Taskmaster, 2017's most watched commission on UKTV Play, will air on Dave this autumn with 8 x 60 minute episodes.

In each series, the Taskmaster and his loyal assistant will judge five new unwitting comedians as they compete against each other with creativity, cunning and genius in a series of stupefying tasks. The first series was won by Josh Widdicombe, and Katherine Ryan took home the series two crown. Series three, won by Rob Beckett, premiered with 836k viewers (consolidated), making it the highest original non-scripted series of 2016. Won by Noel Fielding, series four has peaked with 945k viewers (consolidated) making it the highest rated UKTV series of 2017.

Sky and Virgin Media announce strategic partnership to accelerate brand-safe targeted TV advertising

Sky and Virgin Media today announce a strategic partnership that will enable businesses both big and small to benefit further from advanced TV advertising across both Virgin TV and Sky platforms. Advertisers will be able to target a potential audience over time of more than 30 million viewers; putting it on par with leading social networks.
By using market-leading targeting technology, underpinned by in-depth customer data, the partnership will transform the scale of addressable TV advertising in the UK and Ireland, giving brands the ability to target audiences whilst utilising the attractive, quality, trusted, and brand safe environment of TV.

ITV commissions The World’s Ugliest Pets

Picture perfect pugs, cutesy kittens and beautiful baby rabbits - the world is awash with adorable pets. But what about the ugly ones? ITV celebrates the pets who haven't been blessed with beauty in a brand new, one off programme: The World’s Ugliest Pets. 
Produced by Spungold TV, host and animal lover Caroline Quentin shares her love for ‘fugly’ – fabulously-ugly - furry friends. The 1x60 minute show will feature everything from hairless guinea pigs to one-eyed dogs and will follow Caroline as she journeys to the mecca of mutt-ugly animals: The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.