Nearly ten years ago producer and writer Harry Thompson’s animated satire Monkey Dust imagined a TV world where a show called People on the Toilet was commissioned.
And now it's happened... almost. Channel 4’s The Toilet (working title) will show what really happens over four nights in the gents' loos of a busy Crawley nightclub, RadioTimes.com can reveal.
The commission will form part of a new season called Up All Night, which will also include programmes Karaoke Nights, Britain on Call and The Mini Cab Office.
Aiming to “shed an intimate light on life after dark in some of Britain's more hidden locations”, Channel 4 says the quartet of programmes will profile the “unsung heroes of the night.”
Karaoke Nights (w/t) takes an affetionate look at the karaoke scene in Barry, South Wales, while The Mini-Cab Office (w/t) follows the staff and customers at Courtesy Taxis in Norwich and Britain on Call (w/t) focuses on out of hours workers – plumbers, GPs and vets – as filmed over four weeks in Manchester.
“Through them we get to see the strange and bizarre things that happen in the small hours where life is just as vibrant and a lot more weird than it is during daylight,” says a Channel 4 spokesman.
Commissioning editor of the Up All Night season, Emma Cooper, added: “Up All Night is a real opportunity to use a range of filming techniques to get an unusual and often unexpected view at Britain in the night hours.”
After Dark also happens to be the name of one of Channel 4's most infamous programmes – the discussion show famous for being hijacked by a very drunk Oliver Reed in 1991...