VICTORIA COREN returns to BBC Radio 4 to present the eighth series of the popular Heresy. The new six-part series will be broadcast from November 30th 2011.
Each week VICTORIA will be joined by a panel drawn from Britain’s wittiest and most outspoken broadcasters, comedians, writers and performers as they discuss everyday assumptions we all take for granted, mixing verbal dexterity with irreverent humour.
Topics from the worlds of news, sport, popular culture, politics and the arts are all potential targets for the full Heresy treatment. Episode one of the new series sees the panellists discussing the merits of panto and whether it’s an outdated art form, public displays of drunkenness and whether living in Downton Abbey would be all it’s cracked up to be. Topics to upcoming episodes include; debates on the broken economy, children growing up too quickly, whether Britain is a better place to be, minus The News of the World and which Miliband, David or Ed?
Show creator and former host, DAVID BADDIEL will be one of VICTORIA’s esteemed guests while other heretics lined up for the series include: DAVE GORMAN, DAVID MITCHELL, SUE PERKINS, MAUREEN LIPMAN, RUFUS HOUND, PHIL HAMMOND and DIANE ABBOTT. Previous series’ have featured: JONATHAN ROSS, ZOE WILLIAMS, FRANK SKINNER, RUSSELL BRAND, ARMANDO IANNUCCI, MATT LUCAS, ALAN DAVIES, DAVID AARONOVITCH, STEWART LEE, PETER BRADSHAW, LEE MACK, JIMMY CARR and JOHN O’FARRELL.
“Radio’s funniest discussion series.”
Jane Anderson, Radio Times
Heresy will transmit on BBC Radio 4 at 6.30pm from the Wednesday 30th November 2011
For more information on the new series please contact: Alex Sayer, Charlotte Davidson or Dan Lloyd at Avalon on 020 7598 7222, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Coren currently writes weekly columns for The Guardian and The Observer, presents the BBC4 quiz show Only Connect and the Radio 4 comedy series Heresy, and plays poker as a member of PokerStars Team Pro UK.
Aged 14, inspired by lonely Jo March from Little Women, Victoria submitted a short story to Just Seventeen magazine under an assumed name. The story was accepted and published, earning her the princely sum of £90. Hooked on trade immediately, Victoria answered a nationwide appeal from the Daily Telegraph for a teenage columnist (her ‘audition column’ was about the terrors of the countryside for an urban child), got the job and wrote for them weekly for four years.
A collection of Victoria’s teenage newspaper articles was published in 1990. After university, she became a freelance journalist and broadcaster. In 1999, Victoria adapted the newspaper columns of John Diamond into a play A Lump In My Throat, which was performed at The Grace Theatre and The New End Theatre in London and The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, before Victoria re-adapted it into a TV play for BBC2 starring Neil Pearson.
Victoria is also a professional poker player, 2006 winner of the London EPT, sponsored to play tournaments by PokerStars.com, playing on the international poker circuit and regularly on Channel 4 and Sky Sports. More details and tournament results on the ‘poker’ page.
As a broadcaster, she has presented Fourth Column and Off The Page for Radio 4 and two series of Balderdash And Piffle (about the Oxford dictionary and the history of words) for BBC2, as well as documentaries on language and surrealist art for BBC 4. As a poker and gambling specialist, she has presented Late Night Poker and The Poker Nations Cup for Channel 4, a series of World Poker Tour for ITV2 and the chat show Bar Beat for the Poker Channel, as well as providing commentary for The European Poker Tour and The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (Channel 4), Ultimate Poker Challenge (Channel 5), Celebrity Poker Challenge (ITV1), The William Hill Grand Prix (Sky Sports), Celebrity Poker Club and Casino Casino (Challenge TV).
She has also appeared as a guest on Question Time, Have I Got News For You, You Have Been Watching, The Bubble, Loose Ends, Midweek, Woman’s Hour and various other short-term experiments; that kind of thing comes up on the ‘news’ page of this site unless there is a good reason to hide it.
In 2002, Victoria disappeared into the X-rated film industry with her best friend Charlie Skelton and they wrote a book about it, Once More With Feeling.
In 2008, with her brother Giles, she co-edited an anthology of their father’s writing, Chocolate And Cuckoo Clocks.
In 2009, Victoria’s memoir of a life playing cards, For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair With Poker, was published by Canongate, then re-published in paperback in 2011 as For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions Of A Player.
Currently Avalon Television produces; the quadruple-BAFTA and triple British Comedy award-winning Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1); Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC THREE), recommissioned for series four and five in 2011; four series of the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE); critically acclaimed topical comedy show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC TWO), returning for a further two series in 2011; brand new topical programme That Sunday Night Show (ITV 1), hosted by Adrian Chiles and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC THREE), returning for series two in 2011.
In the US Avalon Television is currently producing two series for Comedy Central; the scripted comedy Workaholics and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. Also an established provider of digital content, The Handlers, starring Bryan Cranston, is currently represented on Atom.com.
Avalon Television also produces BBC Radio 5 Live’s 7 Day Sunday hosted by CHRIS ADDISON with regular guests SARAH MILLICAN and ANDY ZALTZMAN; Yes it’s the Ashes, ANDY ZALTZMAN’s topical look at the ashes series; Dave Gorman’s Sunday Morning Show for Absolute Radio; and The Frank Skinner Show, Absolute Radio’s Saturday morning’s flagship show, whose spin-off podcasts were the station’s most downloaded of 2009 with over 1.6 million downloads.
Avalon Television is a leading producer of award-winning comedy and entertainment programmes in the UK and US. Founded in 1993, the independent production house supplies television programming to all the British terrestrial channels and leading cable and satellite stations, in addition to content for radio broadcasters. Avalon Television has produced Fantasy Football League (BBC TWO, ITV 1) with DAVID BADDIEL and FRANK SKINNER; BAFTA nominated Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV 1); three series of BAFTA award-winning The Harry Hill Show (Channel 4); the first ever UK arena comedy show Baddiel and Newman in Pieces at Wembley and Royal Television Society Award nominated The Frank Skinner Show (BBC ONE, ITV 1), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak.
OTHER SHOW CREDITS
The series producer is BRIAN KING. The executive producer is JON THODAY.