22 June 2017
Channel 4 has picked up The Remote Controller, a comedy format devised by Harry Hill.
As reported in January, the TV Burp star has been working on a new format in which the public pitch programme ideas to him.
The forthcoming pilot will star Hill, with Alan Carr as the presenter.
Channel 4 says: “Ever thought you’ve had an amazing idea for a TV show but not sure quite what to do with it? Enter The Remote Controller; a brand new pilot with Alan Carr in which members of the public are all convinced they have the next big hit on their hands. From the brains of Harry Hill and Steve Brown, Alan will help our hopefuls pitch their idea – after a bit of role playing and finessing from Alan of course – to a discerning panel made up of a combination of the great British public and some much-loved TV personalities, including Harry Hill, who will offer their opinions before a studio audience decide whether or not to greenlight the idea.
“The top two ideas as voted for by the audience will then get the chance to be made. Whether it’s a game show, reality format, sitcom, live music concept or even a period drama, no idea is too crazy.”
The Remote Controller is one of three hosting jobs Channel 4 is lining up for Alan Carr, describing the Chatty Man star as one of its “most important pieces of talent”.
2017 will be a prolific year for Hill on television. He is currently recording another series of Harry Hill’s Tea Time for Sky, and will return to ITV later in the year for a second series of surreal panel show Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule.
The Remote Controller will be filmed soon. It is currently a non-transmission pilot project, which means it may not be shown on television. Its broadcast status will depend on whether executives like the show once they have seen the finished edit.