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Sunday 23 September 2018

Sharon happy to sign up for new comedy

Sharon Horgan (pictured) and Aisling Bea will play sisters
Sharon Horgan (pictured) and Aisling Bea will play sisters

Catastrophe actress Sharon Horgan will star in a new Channel 4 comedy about "trying to find happiness".

Happy AF has been written by Aisling Bea, who also stars as a woman trying to pull her life back together after a "teeny little nervous breakdown".

Horgan will play her sister, who is "increasingly worried about both her sister and her own mortality".

"This show is my baby and I'm extremely excited about it," said Bea.

"Sharon and I have been trying to make a baby for a few years.

"Now finally I'm pregnant with a show and can't wait to give birth to it, put it in a pram and show it to everyone."

It was also announced that Horgan will executive produce a late-night satirical news show fronted by Deborah Frances-White, the comedian and writer behind comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist.

Stunts

Next Week's News will feature stunts, celebrity guests, politicians, a house band and "topical talk".

Another show will see Kathy Burke look at "what it really means to be a woman in 2018". The actress and theatre director "plans to step into the shoes of some very modern women to see what their different takes on femininity can tell us".

Channel 4 director of programmes Ian Katz said the "huge success" of Bake Off had given the broadcaster some space to experiment elsewhere.

He added, however, that "we will be working hard in other parts of the schedule to generate the ratings headroom to take more risks".

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