Comedian, actress and author Rosie Jones is to star in three new commissions for Channel 4.
Rosie Jones said: “It gives me immense pleasure to be heading up not one, not two, but THREE Channel 4 shows! How lucky am I?! In my opinion, Channel 4 has always been the pioneer channel when it comes to championing and celebrating diversity, and showcasing different, important stories. All three of these shows do just that. Oh, do I have a brilliantly busy year ahead!”
Trip Hazard is back for a supersized second series. The 5×60’ entertainment travelogue format created by Studio 71 and produced by CPL Productions, sees Rosie joined by more celebrity friends to explore the unlikeliest of destinations around the UK, experiencing the unusual, quirky and bonkers activities on offer in each location.
With longer episodes and more chance to explore, Rosie and her famous companions have more time to create mischief, get stuck in with the locals and go head to head in a contest for a big finale to each episode.
In a one-off, as yet untitled, documentary made by Twofour, Rosie explores society’s attitudes towards disabled people. Rosie regularly receives shocking abuse on social media and she will use this as a starting point to investigate how widespread the problem is, looking particularly at the specifics of the language used towards disabled people to build a picture of the nature of society’s attitudes towards them.
Rosie will meet other people targeted for abuse about being disabled as well as those campaigning for change. Approaching the documentary with her inimitable humour and love for life, Rosie will also rope in her friends from the world of comedy to help raise awareness of the problem.
Rosie is also hosting Dine Hard, an all-new comedy, chat and cooking five-part digital series produced by Rockerdale Studios. Cooking may not come naturally to Rosie but manipulating her famous friends certainly does and she might ask a favour or three before she’s finished the starter. Expect great chat, mediocre food and (hopefully) very few culinary-related trips to A&E.
Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events at Channel 4, said: “Rosie Jones is a brilliant talent and we absolutely love working with her. We’re over the moon viewers will get to see more of the Rosie they love in Trip Hazard, as well as a different side to her in the documentary which looks at a massively important issue that is incredibly close to Rosie’s heart.”
Trip Hazard and the one-off documentary (title TBC) were commissioned for Channel 4 by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor, Entertainment and Live Events and Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events. Trip Hazard is made by CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and the executive producers are David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux. The documentary will be produced by Twofour, part of ITV Studios, and the executive producers are Rosie Jones, Grace Reynolds and David Brindley.
Rosie Jones: Dine Hard was commissioned by Digital Commissioning Executive Thomas Pullen. It is made by Rockerdale Studios and the executive producers are Michelle Singer and Stu Richards.
Thomas Pullen said: “The representation of disability in cooking and chat show formats hasn’t come as far as in some other genres, so with Rosie Jones: Dine Hard, we wanted to take a big stride forward and throw Rosie in at the deep end, asking her to do both those things at once – cooking and chat – and in true Rosie style, she has risen to that challenge. But this is about way more than just on-screen representation, we wanted to make this a really inclusive production with over a third of our on and off-screen team made up of disabled talent.”
For more information on Trip Hazard and the documentary, contact Gemma Bareham: GBareham@Channel4.co.uk
For Rosie Jones: Dine Hard, contact Jess Culshaw: JCulshaw@Channel4.co.uk
Praise for Trip Hazard series one:
“We should all be a bit more Rosie” – Alex Jones, The One Show
“Finally, finally, finally, a travelogue that is warm, funny and a delight” – Mail on Sunday
“Entertaining and laugh-out-loud… Like a trip away with your funniest friends, this is a raucous treat” – The Sun TV Mag
“Rosie Jones puts the fun back in road trip in this determinedly silly romp around the UK” – Metro