The revamped Room 101 format for BBC One, hosted by Frank Skinner, has gone back into production for a fifth eight-part series which will screen in early 2016.
“It’s great to be back as the gatekeeper of Room 101 with another bunch of brilliant celebrity complainers. They are the whinge beneath my wings.” – Frank Skinner
The fast-moving chat show sees Frank refereeing three celebrities each week as they compete for his approval to banish their top peeve, annoyance, irritation or worst nightmare to the depths of Room 101 forever. The guests are a broad mix of comedians, actors, presenters and national treasures all mixed up in unlikely combinations.
Guests confirmed for this brand new series include: David Tennant, Sir Trevor McDonald, Noel Fielding, Claudia Winkleman, Heston Blumenthal, Russell Howard, Katie Price, Meera Syal, Greg James, John Humphrys, Russell Kane, John Torode, Katherine Parkinson, Greg Davies, James Acaster, Kirsty Wark, Shaun Ryder, Sam Simmons, Bridget Christie, Robert Peston, Ian Wright, Joanna Scanlan, Aisling Bea, and Adil Ray.
The reworked show is inspired by Hat Trick Productions’ original Room 101, which ran for 11 successful series between 1994 and 2007. Presented by Nick Hancock, who had also hosted the radio version of the series from 1992 to 1994, the show saw one celebrity choose items to be banished into the room with a debate on whether it was a good idea to lock away or keep the item. In 1999 the hosting duties were taken over by Paul Merton.
The concept of Room 101, the most awful place in the universe, was created by author George Orwell as a torture chamber in his classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Famously he named Room 101 after a meeting room at BBC Broadcasting House.