10 o’Clock Live gets a second series on Channel 4

Live satirical news show will return but with a reduced running time

Channel 4’s satirical news show, 10 o’Clock Live, has been recommissioned for a second series, but will have its format tweaked and its hour-long duration reduced to 45 minutes.

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Despite the proposed changes, the live programme will retain both its Thursday-night slot and hosts Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Lauren Laverne and Charlie Brooker when it returns in 2012.

10 o’Clock Live launched in January as a youth alternative to Newsnight or Question Time and featured interviews with politicians and other figures in the news, alongside sketches and debates. But while the programme earned reasonable reviews, the show’s writers struggled to produce an hour’s worth of entertaining and engaging material each week.

To that end, Channel 4 has ordered a further ten episodes, each to run for 45 minutes, which the broadcaster says will “still allow for an in-depth look at the news stories but will mean we’re less dependent on the news cycle”.

Darren Smith, Channel 4’s commissioning editor for entertainment, clarified the changes in a statement: “After learning from the first series, we’re keen to cover the same kinds of stories, with a similarly acerbic angle, but will be making efforts to make the running order a little more flexible.

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“That means we will have regular items but you perhaps won’t see them every single week. It’s a slightly more bespoke approach to the news agenda that gives the show room to breathe, and hopefully room to be even funnier.”