02 November 2023

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Much loved actor, presenter, comedian and singer Bradley Walsh is returning to his roots and celebrating the biggest comedy stars in a brand new series for Channel 5 – Bradley Walsh: Legends of Comedy (w/t). The 3 x 90’ series was commissioned by Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 & Paramount+ and will be produced by Honey Bee.

Bradley Walsh has been at the forefront of British comedy for the last 40 years and during that time he’s met and been inspired by some of the world’s greatest comedy legends. In this series, Bradley celebrates these comedy heroes and heroines, reflecting on their work and the joy and laughter they brought.   

From sitcoms to stand ups to double acts, Bradley sets out his all time comedy legends and puts forward his own theory as to why they are the best of all time. Throughout the series Bradley interviews friends such as Alexander Armstrong, Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Stephen K Amos, Su Pollard, Alison Steadman and Les Dennis and others to unravel the genius of the comedy greats - from Tommy Cooper, Lee Mack and Victoria Wood to Bob Monkhouse, Little and Large and Morecambe & Wise; and revisits classic comedy moments of sitcoms from Hi Di Hi and Dad’s Army to Blackadder and Absolutely Fabulous. This is Bradley Walsh’s insider take on his comedy legends.

Bradley Walsh, host and Executive Producer said: “Having spent the last 40 years of my life working in comedy, it’s been wonderful speaking to some of my favourite people about our favourite comedians who have inspired us throughout our careers. We have a wealth of comedy talent in the UK and it’s a joy to celebrate them all.”

Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 & Paramount+ said: “Who better to run though his personal comedy greats than Bradley. Our audience loves Bradley, and we’re honoured to have him on the channel for this big series. With great clips and interviews his run-down of the comedy greats will be the ultimate laughter-fest as the nights draw in.”  

Ed Taylor, Executive Producer for Honey Bee commented:  “Honey Bee is delighted to be teaming up with Bradley again for Channel 5 in a funny yet fascinating look at the comedy greats that have been the laughter track of his life”.

Bradley Wash: Legends of Comedy (w/t), is a 3 x 90’ series commissioned by Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 & Paramount+ and Produced by Honey Bee. It will be Directed by Christian Watt and Executive Produced by Ed Taylor, Bradley Walsh, Les Keen and Ros Edwards.   

The series is due to air on Channel 5 in the coming months.  

For further enquiries please contact:

Hannah Allan  | Hannah.Allan@paramount.com 

Susan Wilks | Susan.Wilks@paramount.com    

For images please contact the picture desk: picturepublicity@paramount.com  


About Channel 5 

Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third largest commercial TV station. Launched in March 1997, Channel 5 has been part of Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS) since its acquisition in September 2014. Channel 5 and its digital brands – 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select, 5ACTION and the on-demand service My5 – offer a diverse range of issue-led documentaries & popular factual celebrating the British countryside and drawing talent to the channel, accessible history, premium drama and critically acclaimed children’s, news and current affairs programming.   

Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 leads on societal issues from inequality to homelessness and mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation.   

In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald. The following year, Raped: My Story won best Single Documentary at RTS. In 2020, it won crowned Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards and by the RTS. In addition, that year it secured its first ever Grierson award win in the ‘Best Single Documentary – Domestic’ category with Suicidal: In Our Own Words. In 2021, it won best factual entertainment at the Broadcast Awards for Springtime on the Farm. It also won best drama at Voice of the Listener & Viewer for All Creatures Great and Small the same year.   

About Paramount Global   

Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic studios, networks and streaming services, its portfolio of consumer brands includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. 

The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, Paramount Global provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions.   

About Honey Bee  

Honey Bee is a fully independent, regional production company. We make unscripted popular factual television programmes for the UK and US – this includes making specialist factual programmes that are broad and accessible, observational documentaries with great characters and access to different precincts and institutions, drama documentaries that re-tell stories from the past and biopics that delve into the lives of those who have changed the world. In 2022 we were nominated for a Broadcast Award for Emerging Indie and in 2023 a Broadcast Digital Award for Best Popular Factual. We have a strong environmental ethos: we are named after the bees that live in our three bee hives located onsite and donate a portion of our profits to organisations that support bees and beekeeping around the world.

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