21 June 2023
Josh Widdicombe and Nish Kumar are about to leap back into the weird and wonderful world of local news journalism with Hold the Front Page, produced by CPL Productions, returning for a second run. And this time, the boys are determined to do a lot better than they did last time.
The new series will again follow the highs and lows of Nish and Josh as they travel across the UK working for a different local newspaper each week, on a mission to find real local stories strong enough to make the front page. Last series we saw the pair meet mermaids in West Sussex, they found themselves on the set of Emmerdale in Yorkshire, and not forgetting Nish’s attempt to chase Boris Johnson down in Blackpool!
In series two, Josh and Nish will embark on the next leg of their investigative journey around Britain; delving into local mysteries, taking part in unusual events, cover the burning issues of the day and perhaps enlist a celebrity or two to help them out along the way. With very little journalistic experience, and not the best track-record from last series, will they succeed in their quest for a stand-out story to make the front page?
Josh Widdicombe says: “I am absolutely delighted to get to do a second series of Hold the Front Page. I loved last series and can’t wait to put the woes of last time behind us and actually do a good job as journalists this time.”
Nish Kumar says: “I’m excited to return to work with Josh celebrating local newspapers and journalism. By which I mean, showing how difficult journalism is, by doing it badly. Will we have improved? You’ll have to tune in to find out! (Spoiler alert: we won’t have improved).”
Hold the Front Page season two will return next year to Sky Max and NOW. The series is commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment at Sky UK, for Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky UK. Shirley Jones is the Commissioning Editor for Sky. Hold the Front Page is produced by CPL Productions, a Seven.One Studios company, the Executive Producers are David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux. Red Arrow Studios International distribute Hold the Front Page internationally.