Witless follows Leanne (Kerry Howard, Him & Her, Young Hyacinth) and Rhona (Zoe Boyle, Downton Abbey, Sons Of Anarchy), two ordinary flatmates whose lives are thrown into disarray after being forced into witness protection.
Written by Lloyd Woolf and Joe Tucker, the first series was heralded as ‘sharp, character comedy’ by Total TV Guide, and saw unwitting Leanne, and uptight Rhona, given new identities and left to fend for themselves in a grubby flat in Swindon. If being in ‘wit-pro’ wasn’t hard enough, the girls were then faced with two teenage underlings, the self-styled ‘DJ Sound as F***’ and ‘Appraisal’, sent by a criminal gang to track them down.
The season includes a two part programme on BBC One following a group of 10 runners affected by mental health issues as they prepare to run the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, to a Horizon Special on BBC Two looking at schizophrenia and advancements in the treatment of psychoses; a documentary on stress for BBC One and a documentary from mental health campaigner Jack Rooke for BBC Three.
After investigating last year the burgeoning cottage industry producing fake online news, Channel 4 News will explore where fake news comes from and its implications in a number of reports, interviews and discussions, working with its award-winning Fact Check team. The team, founded in 2005, has broadened its remit from checking the claims of those in power to also debunk false claims widely disseminated via social media. It will be hosting an interactive Q&A on the subject on Facebook Live during Fake News Week.
Wife Swap: Brexit Special w/t (1 x 60) was commissioned by Emily Jones for Channel 4, and will see couples from either side of the Brexit debate swap households for one week and live with a family with very different views.
Following on from the smash hit Tattoo Fixers franchise, E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year will see professional tattoo artists from across the country compete in different challenges designed to push the artists to their tattooing limits and test of range of their tattooing skills. Judging their creative eye, ingenuity and talent are Jay Hutton and Rose Hardy, both accomplished and successful tattoo artists with very different styles.