About the Show
Filmmaker and comedian Lee Kern's six-part series takes the art of wind-up to new levels of shock, daring audacity and downright stupidity on unsuspecting celebrities
Series 1 Summary
Following on from last year's hit cheeky prank show The Royal Wedding Crashers, comedian Lee Kern arrives on E4 with a brand new six-part series, which sees a plethora of celebrities confronted with one outlandish set-up after another in a surreal and ambitious take on the prank show.
Lee Kern convinces David Van Day and Brian Belo that they're meeting human clones of themselves as he poses as a scientist to perform an outrageous and eccentric stunt.
An array of celebrities - including Ben from Big Brother, Paddy Doherty, Howard from the Halifax ads and pop duo Same Difference - are confronted with one outlandish set-up after another.
Celebs tape vegetables on their faces; talk of the merits of bats with human testicles; walk into walls; and meet a monkey that played drums for Dire Straits.
How? Why? WTF? All is revealed in this irreverent beginning to an immense journey into the art of pranking the famous and the fame-hungry.
Lee Kern stages a fashion show where the celebrity models think they're wearing clothes made from human leather.
They also believe they are being broadcast live from plasma screens placed around the necks of wild animals, taking part in a native American badger cull in Rickmansworth, and interviewing dolphins about their thoughts on global warming.
Lee Kern looks at travel and adventure, posing as an anthropologist to convince celebs, including Wagner from The X Factor 2010, that a rare and exotic tribe have been evacuated from their ancestral homeland and are now living in a children's zoo in Cheshunt.
Cue a voyage into the absurd as the celebrities step into the cage to learn the bizarre rituals and customs of the tribe, who are all played by actors.
The celebs are also taken for a drive with the world's only 'blind racing driver', and explain to viewers how a robot called Tony accompanied Captain Scott to the South Pole.
They are then convinced that they can be seen on floating plasma screens in the Atlantic explaining local history to passing ships, and champion a Royal Navy expedition to Sri Lanka to destroy the iceberg responsible for sinking the Titanic.
Lee Kern explores the subject of health. Posing as a man who is addicted to health spa treatments, he invites Maria Fowler from The Only Way Is Essex to watch him having a colonic irrigation. What follows can only be described as a Frank Spencer moment - but with poo.
Other health-related pranks feature claims that a goat can cure people of piles, a celeb dressed as a jelly baby, and pumpkins with dubious fillings.
And celebrities are persuaded to believe they will feature on DVDs handed out by doctors to break bad news to people, so that the medics don't have to do the job themselves.
Lee Kern uses his wind-up skills to find out how desperate celebrities are to be famous.
Kern convinces celebs - including Christine Hamilton - that they are giving a Q&A to the United Nations General Assembly, with questions including 'What is your favourite colour?', 'What are your hobbies?' and 'Have you ever met Ant and Dec?'.
Celebrities including Lembit Opik scramble to take part in a terrible TV show asking them what their favourite crisps are, attaching fillet steaks to their armpits and dancing like chickens for no apparent reason.
They are also persuaded that they've been chosen to steal the showbiz scoop of the century: the chance to interview the son of Marilyn Monroe.
In the final episode of the hugely ambitious series Lee Kerns now turns his attention to The End of the World and ponders whether it coincides with the age of celebrity.
In what is perhaps the most ridiculous stunt of the century, Lee manages to convince a celebrity that he is a dog seeking adoption. Cue Lee in a dog kennel, in make up, licking a celebrity's hand while they speak to the kennel owner about adopting him.
And that's just a glimpse of all that happen in this finale: including a photo shoot of the worst celebrity calendar in the world; celebs dressed as giant testicles; and an epic ending to this series of unbridled silliness and innovation in the art of the prank show.
Celebrity Bedlam synopsis
Filmmaker and comedian Lee Kern's six-part series takes the art of wind-up to new levels of shock, daring audacity and downright stupidity on unsuspecting celebritiesEpisode Guide >