’10 O’Clock Live’ to return for second series

Channel 4's political comedy will be back 'in time for the collapse of the entire western world'

10 O’Clock Live will return for a second series next year.

Channel 4’s satirical news show will be back for a new run early in 2012, following months of speculation over its future as ratings dropped to one million. Charlie Brooker, Lauren Laverne, David Mitchell and Jimmy Carr will all return as hosts.

But the episode run has been slashed from 15 to 10, and will run for 45 minutes instead of 65, according to The Guardian.

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

“That means we will have regular items but you perhaps won’t see them every 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. We’re thrilled to be back in this territory again, especially with such an enormously talented line-up. I don’t think a show like this could exist anywhere else but C4.”

Ruth Philips, head of the show’s production company Zeppotron, added: “We’re delighted to be back with our exceptional cast delivering weekly live satirical comedy alongside an in depth look at current affairs. We’re also grateful that we’ll be on air just in time for the collapse of the entire western world.”