Harry Hill proves once again he’s no alien to comedy in his latest series…
Saturday 8 June, 7.30pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > ITV Hub
Harry Hill’s TV Burp, which poked fun at the previous week’s television, broke many a heart when it ended in 2012. The clips show that took home three BAFTAs never took itself too seriously, nor did its host, with his signature oversized collar, wink-wink-nudge-nudge asides to the camera and wonderfully silly sense of humour.
The show’s innumerable skits, special guests, re-enactments, musical numbers and epic fights drew viewers in each week, with three million people tuning in for the debut episode in 2002 and more than eight million people glued to their screens at its peak –the same viewership garnered by Line Of Duty’s series 5 premiere! But with the return of Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, TV Burp fans finally have more zany shenanigans to look forward to. As for which show is better, well, there’s only one way to find out…
“There’s enough TV Burp in there for us not to get sued, or not too much for us to get sued – put it that way,” Hill told us during our interview. Alien Fun Capsule is back for a third series, and if it’s not a format you’re familiar with yet, it’s basically a mix of all the things that made TV Burp so great, plus four celebrity guests getting in on the comedy action.
Through clips, skits and, of course, a fight or two, Harry’s guests work to prove that the human race is worth saving in the case of an alien invasion. With the press of a giant red button, he captures these moments and immortalises them in the titular time capsule. In fact, there’s already an alien, Alan, on the show, who brings Hill the category for the musical number and then inevitably shoots out a stream of green slime. This time around, though, Alan’s chosen to live inside a different human host in each episode; adding a new dimension (and often a “new” guest) to the show.
Now Alien Fun Capsule is in its third series, “we’re beginning to work out what the show is”, Hill says. “We’re playing to my strengths, which are silliness and finding clips. I’ve got a couple of the guys who used to help me on TV Burp helping me on this show to find funny clips from people’s dim, distant pasts.”
Alison Hammond, Les Dennis, Bill Roache, Tom Courtenay, Konnie Huq, Martine McCutcheon, Kevin Whately and Pam St Clement are just some of the guests whose past TV appearances you’ll dive into. “I always worry that things you find funny a few months ago will date, but I was really pleased,” Hill says of the new series. We can assure you the humour is timeless – and nothing short of hilarious.
Ahead of its premiere, we spoke to Hill, who told us about approaching Alien Fun Capsule as a stand-up comedy show, hiding in plain sight on his days off and looking to camera long before Fleabag did.
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, Saturday 8 June, 7.30pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > ITV Hub
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