Entertainment & Events


In Entertainment & Events we commission award-winning, channel defining unscripted content across Channel 4, E4 and streaming, working with an array of new and established talent both on and off-screen. Our growing slate covers everything from the live spectacular of Stand Up to Cancer to the topical satire of The Last Leg and the unique mix of consumer and comedy in Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back; from gold standard comedy entertainment like Taskmaster, I Literally Just Told You and The Lateish Show right through to E4 Reality with The Real Dirty Dancing and Celebs Go Dating.



With Joe Lycett, Taskmaster, One Night In and I Literally Just Told You we’ve made Thursdays a real destination for comedy entertainment, but we want more. What shows could appeal to a Taskmaster audience when it isn’t on? What would hold the attention of our viewers straight after Cats Does Countdown? We are looking for comedy entertainment vehicles that could sit in or outside the studio with talent at the heart of them. We are especially keen to hear ideas featuring female talent. 



Taskmaster does brilliantly for us at both on linear and streaming and while we don’t want another version of Taskmaster, we’d love to hear ideas that share some of the same DNA. 

We want shows that are big, broad and funny with a simple, joinable premise. They will probably feature a returning - or rotating - cast which mixes big names and new talent, all doing things you wouldn’t expect.  Viewers at 9pm like a continuing narrative with twists and turns across the series, and while comedy rather than jeopardy can be the driver, they enjoy seeing people under pressure.  Your ideas should be very accessible, attract youngs and with a clear eye on streaming performance. 

Shows could be in or out of studio, but we’re particularly keen on ideas set in a real-world or changing location.  We’re still open to panel ideas but they need to be more than just two teams firing gags at each other; think Cats Does Countdown as opposed to 8 out of 10 Cats.  

We don’t want shiny floor or multi stranded shows led by a single piece of talent.  And we feel well served currently for quiz and game. 



We know from shows like Friday Night Dinner and The Last Leg that both sitcom and studio entertainment can work at 10pm, but it’s not often we blend the two worlds. So, in an exciting cross genre move, we’re joining forces with the Comedy Department to invite cross genre submissions that could work alongside our existing comedy entertainment brands like Taskmaster or I Literally Just Told You. 

We are particularly interested in ideas that mix elements of scripted comedy with unscripted entertainment. It could be a mash up, like Cats Does Countdown with scripted turns and spontaneous gameplay, a sketch show, or a prank-show that feels of the moment, naughty, irreverent and can gather an ensemble cast and a high gag rate.  

There is room for these ideas to take on a satirical slant; what would The Last Leg look like if it was given The Thick Of It treatment for example? Shows like Star Stories, Da Ali G Show, Fonejacker and The 11 O’Clock Show are good historic examples of previous success with this cross-genre approach. 

Any successful submissions will have a clear idea, returnable format with broad appeal and feature new and established talent, and crucially will need to work well on streaming. 



We want to expand on the recent success of Johnny Vegas: Carry On Glamping and One Night In with more popular, funny factual. We’re particularly keen to hear out-of-studio ideas that show celebrity talents in a different light; series that will not only entertain but also give the audience lots of take out. 

We’d like you to think about nostalgia and celebrity profiles; how can we tell the life stories of big-name talent via modern pop culture and creative use of archive? We don’t always need to play for laughs; we could take our central characters on an emotional journey along the way. It could be across a stranded series or closed episodes. 

Your ideas should feature warm, funny and broad talents and don’t just limit your thinking to comedians. We’d love you to bring us some fresh takes on popular celebrities from other worlds. It could be stars of music, film or sport; high profile stars featured in a way you haven’t seen before. 

We’re not looking for studio shows, list shows, or purely talking heads or archive. This opportunity is about us placing big talents in a heightened ob-doc scenario. All your ideas should have an original, fun top-line premise; ideally we’re looking for a new hook that will bring a broad audience, lots of press and ultimately stand out on streaming. 



We now boast a really healthy E4 slate with, among others, Celebs Go Dating, Coach Trip, One Night Stand, The Real Dirty Dancing and a brand-new competitive reality series coming later this year. 

We have two perennial asks: premium reality like Celebs Go Dating and lower-cost repeatable formats like One Night Stand. For more details on E4’s current brief click here. 

Genna Gibson is the commissioner who leads on E4 for the team, but please feel free to submit your ideas to any of the entertainment team. 


Head of Entertainment & Events: Phil Harris

based in London

Assistant: Jen Jackson


Head of Live Events and Commissioning Editor, Entertainment: Tom Beck

Based in London

Genre Assistant: Louisa Kelly


My slate ranges from big live event pieces like Stand Up To Cancer, Friday Night Live, the National Comedy Awards and Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party, to studio entertainment shows Taskmaster, One Question and Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back. Recent commissions include Scared of the Dark, Late Night Lycett (with Steve Handley) Joe Lycett vs David Beckham, and Jon and Lucy’s Odd Couples.  I also co-commission with other departments including Jimmy Carr Destroys Art (with Shaminder Nahal in Specialist Factual) and The Rated Awards (with Evie Buckley in Digital Content).


Commissioning Editor, Entertainment: Steven Handley

based in London

Genre Assistant: Louisa Kelly


My slate includes The Last Leg (alongside Cimran Shah) & Jimmy Carr’s I Literally Just Told You and this year I have a raft of new shows including, Tempting Fortune, The Wonders Of The World I Can’t See, Late Night Lycett and on E4, Fred’s Last Resort.

I have a wide remit that takes in reality, gameshows, comedy entertainment & live. I’m particularly keen to hear about channel defining celebrity reality ideas, with real noise and scale & one off big scale celebrity led access ideas.


Commissioning Editor: Genna Gibson

based in London

Genre Assistant: Louisa Kelly


My recent commissions include Johnny Vegas Glamping, Make me Prime Minister, The Real Dirty Dancing, , Celebs Go Dating, Trip Hazard and The Big Celebrity Detox.

I’m across the more reality, fact ent, celeb end of our slate. I commission for C4 10pm and E4 Pre and Post watershed. I am always on the look out for new exciting celebrity -based reality formats for both channels. As well as brand new format ideas that feel fresh, naughty and something only Channel 4 would make.

I also run our Entertainment Social Pilots scheme - commissioning series for our digital channels with the view that if they do well, we will scale up for longform.

Commissioning Editor, Entertainment: Cimran Shah

based in London

Genre Assistant: Louisa Kelly


My slate includes Prince Andrew: The Musical, The Last Leg, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Lateish with Mo Gilligan and The Big Narstie Show.

I’m interested in 9pm and 10pm with a focus on topical comedy, semi-scripted and noisy one-offs. I am always looking for edgy and alternative ideas that only Channel 4 would do. I also want to know what the next format is to give opportunities for new talent.

Assistant Editor, Entertainment and Events: Katie Buckley

based in London

CONTACT: 020 7306 5591


Assistant & Programme Coordinator, Entertainment and Events: Jen Jackson

based in London


Genre Assistant, Entertainment and Events: Louisa Kelly

based in London