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18 May 2015

ITV 2 RECOMISSIONS THE KEITH LEMON SKETCH SHOW FOR A SECOND SERIES

ITV 2 RECOMISSIONS THE KEITH LEMON SKETCH SHOW FOR A SECOND SERIES

After a hugely successful debut series and ‘breaking the internet’ with his Kim Kardashian parody, The Keith Lemon Sketch Showhas been recomissioned by ITV2 for a second series.

Series one of The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, recently announced as a nominee at the Broadcast Digital Awards 2015in the category of Best Scripted Programme, launched in February 2015 and was ITV2’s highest rated series launch in two years with one million viewers and a 5.7% share – making it the most watched digital programme of the day, also beating BBC 2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the process.

The second series will see the return of the hugely popular Big Fat Gypsy Kardashians, David Dickinson, HollyWilloughby and the Urban Fox whilst also introducing us to a whole host of brand new and exciting characters.

There will also be an abundance of high profile special guests to add to the list of celebrity cameos from series one which included Paddy McGuinness, Carrie Fisher, Jonathan Ross, Fearne Cotton, Phillip Schofield, Louis Walsh, Verne Troyer, Ashley Roberts, Dermot O’Leary and Keith’s very own mum, Pat. 

Ahead of the series one launch a sneak peak of Keith’s spoof Kim Kardashian skit reached beyond 7.7 million views on Facebook with the high level of engagement for the clip including over 640,000 likes, 220,000 comments and 890,000 shares.

Keith Lemonsays: “So chuffed to be doing a second series of me sketch show. It's a nice fing to say you've got a sore throat from laughing at work. Hope it's not too warm whilst we're filming, that fox suit can get pretty hot! Feels like ya balls are in a cuppa tea!”

Leon Wilson, Managing Director, Talkback and Executive Producer, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, says: “The appetite for Keith’s sketch show has been huge so we’re really excited to see it return to ITV2 for another series.”

ITV’s Commissioning Editor, Comedy Entertainment, Claire Zolkweradds: “To pick a favourite The Keith Lemon's Sketch Showcharacter would be like asking to choose a favourite child... there really is something for everyone to love in it.”

The Keith Lemon Sketch Showwas ordered for ITV2 by ITV’s Director of Digital Platforms and Acquisitions Angela Jainand was commissioned by Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment Claire Zolkwer.  It will be made for ITV2 by Talkback, executive produced by Leon Wilsonand written by BAFTA award nominee Leigh Franciswith Jamie Deeksand Dan Johnston. The show will be series produced by Jamie Deeksand Dan Johnston.

For further information please contact:

Susan Wilks, susan.wilks@fremantlemediauk.com  , 02076916137

Nicola Wilkinson, nicola.wilkinson@fremantlemediauk.com  , 0207 8618127

Notes to Editors:

Talkbackis part of FremantleMedia UK, the UK production arm of FremantleMedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company.  FremantleMedia UK, comprises of a group of labels, Talkback, Retort, Boundless, Thames, Newman Street and Euston Films, which produce some of the UK’s most successful shows.   The labels are headed up by some of the UK’s leading creative talent including Leon Wilson, Jon Rolph, Patrick Holland, Richard Holloway, Paul Marquess and Kate Harwood.  Across the group the labels provide award winning programming for all major terrestrial, digital channels and digital outlets.  With an unparalleled range of programming including:  The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Juice, Through the Keyhole, Take Me Out, The Apprentice, Four Rooms, Grand Designs, Great British Railway Journeys, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The IT Crowd, QI, Suspects, Birds of a Feather - the Group has aired over 325 hours of programming on terrestrial TV in the past 12 months alone.

Currently On Air and in production:

The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, QI, Through the Keyhole, Virtually Famous, Celebrity Juice, Keith Lemon’s Back to the Future Tribute

www.talkbackproductions.tv