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BBC Three launches The Wall


  • Premieres April 2008

 

Hosted by television's hottest property, Alexa Chung and comedy star Rhys Thomas (The Fast Show, Torchwood), The Wall is BBC Three's weekly comedy event.

 

The brand new series is big on excitement, unpredictability and interaction.

 

The programme will feature an ensemble of rising comedy talent including Lucy Montgomery (Tittybangbang), We Are Klang (if.comedy award nominees 2006) and Simon Brodkin (Writers' Guild Best Newcomer, Edinburgh 2006).

 

Each week celebrity guests join the regular cast for a mix of sketches, interviews and music performed live in front of a young, up-for-it audience.

 

At the heart of the show will be the programme's link to the online world via the show's website bbc.co.uk/thewall.

 

It's a place for viewers to post their own sketches, ask celebrity guests questions and become part of the performance. Viewers will also be treated to electrifying and exclusive performances from some of the coolest new bands on the scene.

 

Alexa Chung says: "I'm really excited to be presenting The Wall and to be working with BBC Three. Hopefully we'll discover some great comics and bands of the future."

 

Rhys Thomas was unavailable for comment as he is currently helping a man from the lino company put some flooring down in the toilet, but a spokesperson very close to him says:

 

"Rhys is delighted to be the new co-host of The Wall. Ever since he first heard about the show he pretended that he wasn't interested and that it would never work, when deep inside he was desperate to be asked to be involved and would have done so at the drop of a hat.

 

"What made matters worse was that his wife, Lucy Montgomery, and his best friend from school were working on it and he wasn't. After lots of jealous rows with his wife and friend, agent, the production team, friends, family, man from the lino company, he is now co-hosting and over the moon.

 

"Rhys is expecting his first baby on the date of the first recording, but will not let that get in the way of his glittering career."

 

The Wall is a dedicated showcase for the next generation of British comedy and entertainment talent.

 

The show is produced by Endemol subsidiary Zeppotron.

 

Notes to Editors

 

The Wall's comedy acts include:

 

We Are Klang

 

With their act honed through countless live performances, and a natural chemistry, there's no one to match Klang – Greg Davies, Marek Larwood and Steve Hall. Sometimes daft, sometimes pantomime, but always funny, their comedy will give a distinctive flavour to the show.

 

Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelsy Nelson

 

Simon's amazing ability to create an array of comedy characters is what makes him destined to be one of The Wall's star faces. His character, Lee Nelsy Nelson, represents the likeable side of British yobbery.

 

Simon Brodkin aka Dr Omprakash

 

Simon Brodkin's Dr Omprakash is a dim-witted physician who clearly has little formal training or grasp of any ethical or moral code. His shocking advice on the ailments of the general public will have people fleeing the National Health Service quicker than you can say "botulism".

 

Lucy Montgomery aka Charles Irons

 

Lucy Montgomery's Charles Irons character is a 50-something actor extraordinaire and British film legend. Charles likes nothing better than to get stuck into a new and challenging film role, just so long as it involves a sex scene with a gorgeous young woman.

 

Jamie Glassman aka Tony Izzet

 

After cutting his teeth as a writer on the Ali G Show, Jamie Glassman has gone on to develop his very own character, Tony Izzet. Viewing life through the rose-tinted windscreen of his Volkswagen Passat, Tony's excitable and childlike observations of everyday life make you see your own world in a different light.

 

KH

 

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Category: TV Entertainment; BBC Three
Date: 18.03.2008
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