BBC Three commissions Live At The Electric from Avalon Television

Our ambition for Live At The Electric is to give emerging comedy talent a new home where they can really experiment with characters and comedy."Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Date: 19.01.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.17
BBC announces that Russell Kane will host a new BBC Three 8x30 minute series, Live At The Electric, commissioned by Zai Bennett, Controller BBC Three and executive producer Sean Hancock.

Live At The Electric is a comedy/entertainment show that will uniquely mix stand-up, sketch comedy and musical comedy and will assemble the hottest acts on the brink of breaking through to the public consciousness; comedy talent involved in the pilot included: Joe Wilkinson (Him And Her), Nick Helm (2011 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee), all-female sketch group Lady Garden, Roisin Conaty (2010 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award winner) and Jigsaw (a sketch group featuring Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema).

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, said: "Our ambition for Live At The Electric is to give emerging comedy talent a new home where they can really experiment with characters and comedy. We hope that this show will not only be an incubator for the stars of the future, but also a brilliantly funny watch in its own right - no pressure Russell..."

Sean Hancock, executive producer for the BBC, added: “We're all really excited about Live At The Electric as it will provide a platform for some of the best up-and-coming comedy talent out there, people who'll grow on BBC Three and hopefully one day go on to have their own shows.”

Richard Allen-Turner, Joint managing Director of Avalon Television, said: “Our ambition is to create an environment on screen that accurately reflects the often unseen variety and depth of the UK comedy scene. I’m really delighted that we’ll be offering a range of exciting new artists who are experimenting comedically with film, music and sketch a new home where these ideas can be nurtured and developed for the first time on TV.”

The series will be directed by Paul Wheeler (That Sunday Night Show, ITV1; Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You) and Craig Young (Russell Howard’s Good News and Mouth To Mouth), while the show will be produced by comedian Dan Atkinson (Russell Howard’s Good News) and Beth Garrod. The series producer will be Robyn O’Brien (Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Channel 4; Russell Howard’s Good News) and executive producers are Richard Allen-Turner, James Taylor and Jon Thoday.

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