Room 101 will feature a bevy of top-drawer celebrity guests including Sir Terry Wogan, Miranda Hart and Sheila Hancock when the show returns to BBC1 next year.
The second series of comedy programme since Frank Skinner took over as host goes into production today, and will feature appearances from a huge range of stars drawn from the worlds of TV, film, music, media and sport.
Comics booked to appear include Jack Whitehall, Jason Manford, Greg Davies, Miranda Hart, Jon Richardson, Jo Brand, Mel Giedroyc and Hugh Dennis.
Veteran stars Cilla Black, John Craven, Clive Anderson, Sir Terry Wogan and Sheila Hancock have all been lined up to take part, as have younger TV regulars including The One Show’s Alex Jones, globetrotter Ben Fogle and radio DJ Reggie Yates.
Ex-cricketer Phil Tufnell is the only sportsman to have signed up to appear, but he’ll be joined by the likes of musician Paloma Faith and former media executive Janet Street-Porter.
Victoria Coren, Bill Turnbull and Ben Miller round out the celebrities who’ve confirmed that they will join Skinner in the studio to discuss their pet peeves from everyday life.
Room 101, which was revamped and re-launched on BBC1 in January, has proven popular with viewers and regularly entertained audiences of over 3m per episode in the first quarter of 2012.
The show, which began airing in 1994 with Nick Hancock as host, originally ran on the BBC until 1997. It was re-launched in 1999 with Paul Merton at the helm and continued until Merton left the show in 2007.
Its format originally featured one-on-one interviews with celebrity guests, who would implore the host to ‘banish’ a series of pet hates into Room 101. However the show featured a new format as part of its 2012 re-launch and now includes three guests per edition.
Frank Skinner said of the new series: “I’m very excited that we’ve been granted planning permission to build an extension on Room 101. This gives us storage space for another enormous batch of gripes, groans and grumbles from our ever-irritable guests.”
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