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Lost Voice Guy's Ability to return to Radio 4

Lost Voice Guy's semi-autobiographical sitcom 'Ability' is returning to BBC Radio 4.

The stand-up, otherwise known as Lee Ridley, confirmed the return of the main characters, Matt, played by himself, his inner voice (Andrew Hayden-Smith) and best friend Jess (Sammy T Dobson), when the sitcom resumes on Wednesday 10th February.

Lisa Hammond will be joining the cast as Matt's on-off girlfriend, and Jason Lewis will play Bob, taking over from Allan Mustafa, who played Matt's rubbish carer in the first two series.

Co-written by former Britain's Got Talent winner Ridley with Kat Butterfield and Daniel Audritt, the sitcom focuses on Matt, who like Ridley has cerebral palsy, and can only speak using an app on his tablet computer, striking out for independence.

"It's great to be back, even if it is remotely. At least this way I don't have to get dressed. I really enjoyed writing this series with Kat and Dan. I'm looking forward to letting people hear what Matt, Bob and Jess have been up to in the last year or so.”
– Lee Ridley

 

Ability is being taped remotely, with the cast in their homes, after plans for a studio taping in November had to be abandoned because of Covid.

Production company Funnybones confirms: "The production was due to be recorded in studio in November but was postponed, in the hope that things would improve. But no such luck, of course. So now it is being recorded using a combination of studio and remote facilities in the cast's houses, complete with the occasional interruptions from delivery men knocking at the door."

The four-episode first series began on Radio 4 in 2018, followed by four more the following year, earning the sitcom a nomination for best radio comedy in the Writers' Guild Awards.

This article originally appeared on the British Comedy Guide

The sitcom will be broadcast on Radio 4 on the 10th, 17th and 20th February, and 3rd March 2021 at 11:30am

The announcement sadly fell in the same week that we had to announce that LVG's UK Tour was being suspended until 2022. All dates have been pushed back whilst the pandemic affects theatres and venues, with all tickets still valid for the rescheduled diary dates. For an up to date Tour schedule, click here

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News story posted on 24-01-2021 13:00

BGT: Christmas Spectacular

Its been an odd year for entertainment, with many shows going online, and TV shows transmitting to empty studio audiences.

Join us for a night of festive fun on Christmas Day, with the BGT: Christmas Spectacular, on ITV at 8pm. Britain’s Got Talent is back for a spectacular Christmas special, welcoming to the stage the most memorable and talented acts from the past 14 years.

Keeping the festivities in order will be the nations favourite Geordie duo, Ant and Dec, with a very special appearance from Father Christmas himself. Joining them will be their four Judges, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams, and Ashley Banjo.

In a Britain’s Got Talent first, the acts will be collaborating and performing together for the ultimate Christmas extravaganza. All four Judges will be stepping out from their seats and into the limelight for the very first time, in what promises to be a festive-filled show!

David Walliams will entertain the viewers at home with the help of some of BGT’s funniest acts including 2018 show Winner, Lost Voice Guy, and 2020 Finalist Steve Royle. Also performing will be 2020 Winner Jon Courtenay, as well as BGT favourite, magician Ben Hart.

Join the fun on Christmas Day at 8pm on ITV.

We all know that theatre tickets make excellent Christmas presents - and if you're scrambling for a last minute gift, check out the following Tours which are now on sale from these BGT favourites!

Jon Courtenay brings his show What’s It All About? to UK Theatres, in 2021. With a soundtrack including all his Britain’s Got Talent songs and music spanning the classics to rock n roll, you are guaranteed a rip-roaring night of music and comedy. This will be a night to remember!

Full dates and ticket links for Jon's Tour are available here - don't delay!

In August 2020, Steve Royle became the first act sent straight through to the BGT final, impressing judges with his comedy juggling routines, and eventually coming third overall, in a popular years for comedians and magicians.

Steve brings his new show 'The (Steve) Royle Variety Performance' to theatres nationwide, a fun-filled evening suitable for all the family.

Full dates and ticket links to see Steve in action are available here

Following the success of his huge sell out 2019 UK tour, comedian Lost Voice Guy is heading back out on the road in 2021, to put a smile on the faces of people up and down the country, once again.

In his brand new show 'Cerebral LOLsy', the Britain’s Got Talent winner will poke fun at his life living as a disabled person in a post-apocalyptic world, as he tries to cope with the fame and fortune since his memorable victory.

Click here for full dates, times, venues and ticket links for Lost Voice Guy's show

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 Finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart has been wowing audiences on his debut solo tour. Described by David Walliams as ‘the living embodiment of magic’, Ben has played to royalty, heads of state and celebrities, in West End theatres, international arenas and on dozens of UK and international TV appearances (including his own series on BBC Three, The One Show and BBC One’s “Now You See It”).

'Wonder' is his most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Ben's Tour has been rescheduled into 2021, due to Covid restrictions, but dates resume in the new year.

Limited number of tickets are available to see Ben live here

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News story posted on 22-12-2020 14:00

BBC Scotland conjures up Pure Magic

BBC Scotland has commissioned a one-off Christmas special, from Edinburgh-based North By NorthNorth Media that follows four of the UK’s most talented young magicians. These include ofcourse, our very own Colin Cloud and Ben Hart

The 1 x 30-minute show, completed before lockdown, titled Pure Magic follows the group as they put on displays of mentalism, illusion and scale magic to a variety of prominent locations in Scotland, before performing them to an audience of 400 in the heart of Glasgow.

The show is narrated by radio presenter Arielle Free and alongside Colin and Ben, stars Katherine Mills and Magical Bones.

Pure Magic, which is being represented internationally by Banijay Rights, was commissioned by BBC Scotland exec Gavin Smith and is executive produced by North ByNorthNorth Media’s Alan Tyler, who commented: “This year, more than any other we need a little magic. Arielle and our stellar cast of brilliantly talented magicians bring exactly that to screen with joy, humour and some jaw-droppingly good illusions.”

North By NorthNorth was set up last year by Tyler, a former BBC commissioning editor and acting controller of entertainment commissioning, as an independent Scotland-based production company working with talent on new formats across entertainment and scripted comedy. The company has also piloted the shows 'Every Trick In The Book' with magician Dynamo, as well as a quiz show with host Tom Allen and a live comedy entertainment pilot with Gaby Roslin.

The show will air on BBC One on the 23rd December. Click here for a sneaky peak

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News story posted on 07-12-2020 12:00

On Tour: Nabil Abdul Rashid - N.A.B.I.L

We are super excited to announce yet another UK Tour for 2021

After reaching the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2020, Nabil Abdulrashid brings his brand-new stand-up show on tour.

From growing up under military rule in northern Nigeria to falling into legal trouble as a teenager in south London, join Nabil as he recollects the remarkable, chaotic and sometimes tragic (but always hilarious) story of his life so far.

Expect a night of “unapologetically funny” (Telegraph) stand-up as Nabil charts his journey from humble beginnings (and middles) to one of UK comedy’s most talked about rising stars.

"Refreshingly radical fare, smartly woven into a gag-packed set… a fresh comic voice”
– The Telegraph

 

"The star by a wide margin… animated by a sardonic intelligence and sharp eye for the absurdities of racial discourse”
– The Guardian

 

"Defiant and fearless”
– The Metro

 

2nd December - First dates of the UK tour now on sale here

4th December - Full UK tour now on sale