E4 will be the home of the The Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon in the UK, the broadcaster has confirmed.
The 13-part comedy, which follows the struggles of nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he battles to be understood by his family, classmates and neighbours while growing up in Texas, will air on E4 in 2018.
Young Sheldon stars Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) as the precocious young lad alongside Zoe Perry (Scandal, The Family, Grey’s Anatomy) as his long-suffering Mum and Lance Barber (The Comeback) as his Dad.
Annie Potts (GCB, Designing Women, Love & War) and Reagan Revord (Modern Family, Grace and Frankie) also star with The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons narrating as Adult Sheldon.
The Big Bang Theory is one of E4’s most popular shows, and series ten is its most watched of the year to date with an average audience of 2.4 million viewers an episode and a 9.5% share.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.