Channel 4 has commissioned Rumpus Media to make Complaints Welcome (w/t), a new comedy entertainment series putting viewers’ opinions at the heart of the show.
Comedians Tom Allen, Jessica Knappett and Munya Chawawa, will join forces to assemble a “Complaints Committee” of viewers with plenty to say about the television shows getting the nation talking each week. From daytime to documentaries, preschool to politics – no genre of TV is off-limits.
Munya Chawawa (in his first prime time series on Channel 4), Jessica Knappett (Taskmaster, The Inbetweeners Movie) and Tom Allen (Bake Off: The Professionals, Quizness) will be joined in the studio each week by guests from the world of telly as they playfully dissect the week’s televisual complaints, looking for resolutions, and ultimately deciding whether the viewers’ feedback will be upheld or rejected. The show will feature sketches, stunts and studio discussion covering all aspects of TV.
Tom Allen comments: “Jess, Munya and I will be putting TV on trial. If you’ve got an opinion on anything from the corsets in Bridgerton to a frown about Countdown, we want to hear from you. Complaints Welcome will be standing by to review the reviews viewing viewers viewed.”
Complaints Welcome (w/t) is a 6 x 60 series for Channel 4. It was commissioned by Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events with commissioning editor Cimran Shah. The series will be produced by Rumpus Media with executive producers Iain Wimbush and Emily Hudd.
Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events, Channel 4 comments: “If there’s one thing we love more than telly, it’s complaining about telly. Munya, Jess and Tom will get to the bottom of viewer complaints in their own sharp, satirical and unique way.”
Rumpus Media, Joint Managing Director, Iain Wimbush said: “We all have axes to grind and stuff that irritates us, even with our favourite TV shows - and now the brilliant Munya, Jess and Tom get to calmly take these grievances out of our hands, and sort each issue out with comedy sketches, investigations and debate. It's really very exciting.”
Complaints Welcome (w/t) will air later this year on Channel 4.
Notes to Editors
Rumpus Media was founded in 2013 by Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush. Since then it has developed a number of successful projects including: the first, second series and three Christmas specials of The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan for BBC Two (which has also won BAFTA and Grierson Awards); first and second series of Asian Provocateur with Romesh Ranganathan for BBC Three (6 x 30) and a one-hour documentary for Sky Arts’ Passions strand on Richard Pryor; Joel and Nish vs The World for Comedy Central, Blindboy Undestroys The World BBC Three – a critically acclaimed pilot followed by a four-part series;
three-part series for E4 with exclusive access to the lives of Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams, Spencer and Vogue and Baby Too as a co-commission with Money Group Entertainment as well as the follow-up second series Spencer, Vogue and Wedding Two; two series of Walking Britain’s Lost Railways for Channel 5; two series of RTS-award-winning, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back for Channel 4 – with a third series in production; two series of Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson with Motion Content Group following Sir Tony Robinson travel around the globe by train for Channel 5.
Last year’s new commissions alongside Channel Hopping with Jon Richardson for Comedy Central included: acclaimed single documentary, Black, British and Funny with Mo Gilligan for Channel 4; while their pilot show Tom Allen Goes to Town transmitted on Channel 4 in December and Mary Berry Saves Christmas entertained BBC One viewers.
Already in 2021, Rumpus Media’s six-part series for Comedy Central, Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains has transmitted to popular acclaim, with a second series confirmed, as well as Yesterday, Today &The Day Before, a female-led panel of famous comedy faces offering a fresh and unique take on what’s happening in the world.