Hollyoaks star in new show

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Derry Hollyoaks star Peter Mitchell has landed his own show on Channel 4.

The former Cast Offs and Doctors actor will join T4 presenter Rick Edwards in a new 30 minute satirical comedy pilot for Channel 4.

‘The Rick and Peter Show’ - which is a working title for the programme - is due to air next month.

The Waterside actor is hopeful that it may lead to a new hit series. Both actors play themselves in the show.

In the pilot, Rick will be given a crash course in political correctness by the Limavady-born paraplegic after making a major gaffe on T4.

“It’s something different and I’m really exited about it. Rick basically just keeps getting under my skin with his political incorrectness,” Peter said.

He added: “The pilot finishes with an opportunity for a series so, of course, we’re hoping it will be successful.”

The concept for the pilot was developed by writer Tom Basden, alongside Rick and Peter.

The 30-minute pilot will include cameos from Nicholas Parsons and Giles Coren, and will be executive produced by Jamie Campbell and directed by Flan Barrett and Kate Rudkins.

Mr Campbell said: “Tom Basden has delivered an A-grade script, George Steel has shot it beautifully on a Red camera and the performances from Rick Edwards and Peter Mitchell - supported by Miles Jupp, Joe Wilkinson and Nadine Marshall - are all we hoped for.”

C4 comedy commissioning editor Nerys Evans, who ordered the pilot, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Rick and Peter on such a great idea and it’s brilliant to see that Rick’s a natural comedian - not just a great presenter.”