Tuesday 8th December
ITV1 – 7.30pm
Romesh Ranganathan joins the star-studded line up for this year’s Royal Variety Performance which was filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Prince Harry. Hosted by Jack Whitehall the line-up includes Elton John, Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, the Corrs, Ricky Martin, Brandon Flowers, Little Mix, Beverley Knight, Josh Groban, Kacey Musgraves, Cirque Du Soleil, the cast of musical Mary Poppins, Chris Ramsey and Matt Forde, and a performance by Britain’s Got Talent Winners Jules, Matisse and Friends.
1ST DECEMBER 10pm – DAVE
Hosted by Romesh Ranganathan
Monday 30 November BBC2 10pm
New series returns in autumn 2015
Comedian Jack Dee has been announced as the new host of BBC Two’s You’re Fired and You’re Hired – the companion show to The Apprentice – with fellow comic Romesh Ranganathan taking a regular place on the panel alongside the business experts and celebrities who appear each week to discuss the outgoing candidates’ performance.
Jack enjoys a special empathy with the candidates as he has been through the process himself, taking part in 2009’s Comic Relief Does The Apprentice. Jack made it into the final boardroom only to be beaten by Michelle Mone of the women’s team.
Jack Dee commented:
“I’m very much looking forward to hosting You’re Fired and hope that the luckless candidates will see me as the friendly face at the end of a difficult time in their lives.”
Romesh Ranganathan commented:
“As a massive fan of The Apprentice this is very exciting for me. I love You’re Fired and am looking forward to putting all the questions to the candidates that people at home want to see asked. I also have a number of business proposals of my own that I think Lord Sugar will be pretty interested in…”
Mark Linsey, Controller Entertainment Commissioning added:
“It’s great news that we have someone of Jack’s comedy calibre as host of You’re Fired, and I’m really excited that he will be aided and abetted by the hugely talented Romesh. Jack will be brilliant at guiding us through the highlights of The Apprentice and as a super fan of the series, Romesh will provide us with his own uniquely funny perspective.”
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller BBC Two and BBC Four, said:
“BBC TWO should always be fantastic company and who better than Jack Dee and Romesh Ranganathan to share the candidates’ highs and lows with us and bring their wonderfully funny take on the week’s events – I’m delighted to welcome them both to You’re Fired.”
The Apprentice and You’re Fired return to BBC later this year.
Romesh is appearing on…
Would I Lie to You?
Friday 11 September 8:30 PM
Catch it on the BBC iPlayer after broadcast:
BBC Would I Lie to You? webpage
10pm from Tuesday 28th July for six consecutive Tuesdays on DAVE
Romesh and four other comedians compete for victory under the watchful eye of the Taskmaster, Greg Davies.
BBC Three is sending stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan to Sri Lanka to connect with his roots for a six part series called Romesh’s Return Ticket (working title) to be broadcast later this year. The people he meets, the places he goes, the experiences he has will all have been set up by his mum who is sending her son on the trip she has always wished he’d make.
Romesh gets asked about his Asian roots all the time. But he can’t answer any of the questions he’s asked. While that is a constant source of shame and embarrassment, he can’t quite bring himself to do something about it. Romesh, who considers himself British through and through, grew up in Crawley, doesn’t speak a word of Tamil, has no idea about his cultural heritage and has almost zero desire to go to Sri Lanka.
But his mum has other ideas and she’s sending him back to become the good Tamil boy she hoped he’d be. Each episode will be a mini-adventure revolving around one of the Ranganathan’s distant Sri Lankan friends or relations. They’ll be taking him to the must see locations and will also be expecting him to take part in traditional rituals and customs. And when it comes down to it they’ll also be expecting him to pull his weight.
The result is either going to be a sense of cultural awareness and a renewed sense of self-identity. Or it’s going to drive him mad.
“I am both excited and nervous to be exploring the country of my heritage. My mum has long been frustrated with my lack of cultural understanding, and I am looking forward to her finally telling me that she loves me.”
Ed Sleeman, Commissioning Editor, BBC Entertainment said:
“We are delighted to commission Romesh to front this show where the audience is really going to get to know one of the finest comedians in Britain. Across the series we will watch the man from Crawley explore his heritage in Sri Lanka…whether he likes it or not. I can’t wait to see what happens!”
Iain Wimbush, Executive Producer for Rumpus, added:
“Romesh is a huge talent and it’s an absolute privilege to be working with him on such a personal project. This is a series where the rules of the traditional travelogue go out the window as his guides won’t be fixers and guide books – they’ll be his own Sri Lankan family …who he neither knows nor understands. We’re very excited; he’s terrified.”
Romesh’s Return Ticket is produced by RUMPUS for BBC Three. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Digital Controller BBC Three and Ed Sleeman, Commissioning Editor, BBC Entertainment.