The nation’s favourite comedy channel Gold will open the vaults to the greatest sketch comedy of all time with brand new UKTV Original My Favourite Sketch.
Absolutely Fabulous began as a sketch in the French and Saunders show.
“Sketch comedy holds a dear place in my heart and I’m looking forward to discussing it with my guests across this exciting new series.” – Sally Phillips
The six part series is to be hosted by Sally Phillips, who will invite a beloved comedy star onto each episode to discuss sketches from the last 70 years of comedy, with the full guest line up for the first series being Jessica Hynes, Jason Manford, Bob Mortimer, Sue Perkins, Johnny Vegas, and Paul Whitehouse.
My Favourite Sketch is being produced by Potato, part of ITV Studios, from an original idea devised by Mor or Les Productions. It is Potato’s first commission for UKTV.
Each episode of My Favourite Sketch – to air in an hour-long slot -will showcase the sketches that have inspired and shaped each guest’s career, interspersed with fascinating anecdotes and behind the scenes information about the sketches in question. To close each episode, Sally and her guest will take part in a re-enactment of their undisputed number one favourite.
Acorn Antiques was a long running series of sketches from Victoria Wood: as Seen on TV.
Sally Phillips became well known to telly audiences on Channel 4 female-slanted sketch series Smack The Pony. In more recent times she’s appeared in sitcoms such as the BBC’s Miranda and Sky One’s supermarket based comedy Trollied.
“This is a fantastic combination of great show concept, phenomenal star guests and an absolutely brilliant host in the wonderful Sally Phillips. We are really looking forward to sharing the hilarious results of each guest’s journey through their favourite sketches with Gold viewers.” – Gerald Casey, Gold channel director
My Favourite Sketch is just the latest UKTV Original for Gold, following recent retrospective series dinnerladies diaries and How The Young Ones Changed Comedy. Gold continues to commission programming from and about the cream of British comedy, with last year’s UKTV Original Murder on The Blackpool Express becoming the channel’s highest ever rating show.