Comedians Vic Reeves and Al Murray are to front new shows for the Discovery Channel as it adds to its clutch of comics as presenters, writes Naomi Rovnick.
Comedians Vic Reeves and Al Murray are to front new shows for the Discovery Channel as it adds to its clutch of comics as presenters, writes Naomi Rovnick.

Reeves will present a 10 x 30-minute

as-yet-untitled show about famous historical scoundrels with each episode featuring the comedian's favourite highwaymen, pirates, thieves and smugglers, such as Dick Turpin and Blackbeard.

The series, commissioned by Discovery Channel director Katy Thorogood from indie Oxford Film and Television, is due to air in January. It will be executive produced by Discovery's Emma Read and Oxford's Nick Kent.

Murray will front the 10 x 30-minute Road to Berlin, in which he recreates the journey of British soldiers in the second world war. It was commissioned by Thorogood from ITN Factual Productions and is expected to air in October. It will be executive produced by Discovery's Read and ITN's Philip Dampier.

The commissions add to Discovery's growing list of comedian-fronted shows. In the past year Eddie Izzard, Rory McGrath and Red Dwarf's Chris Barrie have all appeared on the channel.