Ant and Dec production company create hidden camera show for Sky1

The channel’s autumn schedule will also include a new talent show and several comedy series

Ant and Dec’s production company, Gallowgate, is producing a hidden camera show for Sky1.


Under the working title Meet the Pranksters, it follows a family of practical jokers who play tricks on members of the public.

Sky’s head of entertainment, Duncan Gray, said the mammoth 28-part series would be a “funny, but kind, new-generation hidden camera show.”

Meet the Pranksters is one of a number of comedy and entertainment commissions unveiled as part of Sky1’s new autumn schedule.

It also includes a new talent show, currently known as Last Act Standing, in which comedy, music and variety acts must survive 100 seconds on stage without being voted off by members of the audience. Gray described the series as “loud and funny and a little bit naughty.”

A number of new comedy series also feature in the schedule. Steve Coogan and Henry Normal’s production company, Baby Cow, is making Starlings – starring Brendan Coyle and Lesley Sharp – about a working-class family from Derbyshire.

Sue Johnston, Tom Ellis and Joanna Page will star in Gates, following the relationships that develop between parents dropping off their kids at school.

And Jane Horrocks and Jason Watkins head the cast in supermarket sitcom Trollied (pictured above).

Sky1 director Stuart Murphy said, “Two years ago we promised customers we’d bring them the best in British comedy and here it is… We’ve worked really hard with the best British talent across all genres to make sure customers feel Sky1 HD is a premium channel.”

Along with its comedy and entertainment offerings, Sky1 has commissioned a number of new dramas, including a star-studded adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary classic, Treasure Island, featuring Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood, Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Glenister, Keith Allen, Nina Sosanya and Donald Sutherland.

Meanwhile, Richard Armitage will return for a second series of Strike Back, based on Chris Ryan’s books about a former SAS operative.


Major US imports include series three of Glee, which Sky recently poached from Channel 4, and Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi dinosaur series Terra Nova, about a group of humans travelling back to prehistoric earth.