ITV2 returns with its successful season of brand new comedy and entertainment singles courtesy of BAME talent both on and off the screen.
Following on from the success of last year’s specials, ITV2 Fresh unveils four brand new 30-minute singles, which showcase the breadth of talent and will air in the run up to the MOBO Awards on ITV2.
The season has been commissioned by Entertainment Commissioning Editor Asif Zubairy and Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Rosemary Newell.
This year sees one off specials from Bentavision/Sugar Films, Purple Geko Productions, TriForce Productions and Transparent Television covering a host of genres from mockumentary to scripted comedy.
Rosemary Newell said: “This year’s Fresh season is the perfect opportunity to bring some fantastic new comedy and entertainment to our viewers from some exceptionally talented stars of the future.”
Asif Zubairy said: “We have four incredibly funny, edgy and innovative comedy and entertainment shows and are excited to be bringing these to the ITV2 audience. I’m thrilled that we are continuing our strong ties with BAME talent and offer a much-deserved platform for talent both on and the screen.”
Sorry, I Didn’t Know is a classic panel show with a twist and is hosted by Jimmy Akingbola.
Made by Triforce Productions, two teams of comedians (Chizzy Akudolu, Jo Martin, Jimmy James Jones, Toby Williams, Paul Chowdhry, Judi Love) will take viewers on a tour of black history across the globe. Insightful, educational. bold, tongue-in-cheek and above all very funny, the teams will battle over four rounds as they unveil some interesting historical facts.
Fraser and Minnie Ayres, Triforce Productions said: “We’re incredibly excited to be working with ITV2 to bring a fresh look to the comedy panel show format with Sorry, I Didn’t Know… Their support for new production companies and their commitment to increasing access and diversity is truly pioneering.”
All About The McKenzies is a family sitcom conceived, written, directed and starring Samuell Benta.
Samuell McKenzie has ambitions of Hollywood superstardom but, following the breakdown of his relationship with the mother of his child, he finds his dreams confined by the walls of his parent’s home. The McKenzies are a warm if eccentric West Indian family spanning three generations, and able to turn the smallest drama into a crisis.
All About The McKenzies first debuted on Youtube. The show is made by Bentavision in association with Sugar Films. The producer is Samuell Benta, Bentavision and the executive producer is Pat Younge, Sugar Films.
Other cast include, Leanne Dunstan (Charlene), Frankie Clarence (Andre), Chyna-Skye Campbell (Angel), Fenella James (Delia), Delroy Brown (Raymond), Jason Pennycooke (Granddad), Saffron Hocking (Annika), Ola Christian (Femi), Ashley Joseph (Ian Watson), Tim Hudson (Blinky Steve), Sandeep Sharma (Mr Shah), Tina Chiang (Selina).
Pat Younge, Managing Director, Sugar Films said: “When you find a fresh and exciting young talent like Samuell Benta, it’s so important to have proactive and willing partners like ITV Entertainment and ITV2. ‘All About The Mckenzies’ has been a sensation online and it’s really exciting to bring the Youtube spirit to prime-time on a mainstream UK channel.”
Dropperz is a brand new mockumentary centred around a struggling grime group whose last shot at success doesn’t go according to plan! Using their archetypical record label boss’s house as the backdrop for their much-needed video, the band soon find themselves in hot water when their dog kills the much-loved family pet rabbit. Dropperz have a problem. They still have to record their music video but must also find a replacement rabbit or face being dropped from their label!