Comedy Central UK has renewed Drunk History, their local adaptation of the U.S. format of the same name, for a second season, TVWise has learned. Eight episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season, which is set to premiere in 2016.
The series, which was initially picked up to series in late 2014, has been a ratings hit for Comedy Central UK ever since it launched earlier this year. In its first season, Dunk History UK beat its weekday slot average by a third, and almost four million Adults having watched the show since it launched.
Drunk History features comedians getting very drunk in order to tell a true historical story they are passionate about. As they narrate these stories, slurred word for slurred word, a host of well-known actors, celebrities and other comedians act out these new, rather blurry versions of history. Tiger Aspect Productions is producing, with Jill Offman, Lourdes Diaz and Andy Brereton executive producing.
“I am thrilled that we are working with Tiger Aspect again to bring back a second series of Drunk History in the UK, said Lourdes Diaz, Vice President, Head of Global Production & Development, Comedy Central International. “There was a lot of love for the first series and I can’t wait to have viewers laughing out loud again with even more hilarious ‘historians’ and of course, more drinking!”
Jimmy Carr is returning as the narrator for the second season, while Comedy Central UK and Tiger Aspect have already lined up a slew of celebrities for the new episodes. Emma Bunton, Jack Whitehall, Olivia Colman, Michelle Keegan, Hugh Dennis, Phil Jupitus, Tom Rosenthal, Vicky Pattison, Josie Long, Joe Lycett, Mathew Baynton, Nick Helm, Sara Pascoe, Jessica Knappett and Nish Kumar have all signed on to appear in season two.
“Now that our livers have just about recovered, it’s time to go again, this time bigger and better”, added Andy Brereton, Head of Comedy and Entertainment for Tiger Aspect Productions. “With Comedy Central’s help we’re aiming to bring viewers some of the biggest comedy names in the UK.”