The six-part series will see stand-up comedian Joe Lycett using his “well-honed skills of complaining to dish out a hilarious dose of consumer justice on behalf of the people of the UK”.
The channel says: “Known for his epic escalating battles with officials as he lodges complaints and talks his way out of almost anything, including his now infamous parking fine, Joe Lycett is turning his hand to helping out the great British public with all their genuine consumer complaints.
“From scams and poor customer service to shocking practices and unacceptable consumer standards the series will cover a range of consumer gripes, feature stories relating to consumer issues and go undercover in Joe’s quest for consumer justice. The approach may be humorous but the results could be life changing.”
Lycett says: “Having spent most of my life sending arsey emails to companies and local councils it is a great treat to now have an amazing crack team to escalate my consumer rights fight and needlessly waste corporate time. If you’ve been scammed, messed about by a company, or just want to contest a parking fine, then worry not: I’ve got your back.”
Commissioner Sarah Lazenby comments: “Joe Lycett is a rare talent, who manages to publicly lampoon everyone from parking wardens to Donald Trump with wit, warmth and utter charm. His infamous tirades against petty injustices are totally on point and we’re delighted that following a hugely successful pilot we are commissioning a series of his uniquely authored consumer show for Channel 4.”
Emily Hudd from production company Rumpus Media adds: “Joe has a rare gift in that he manages to make complaining funny, charming and ultimately effective. He’s outraged by injustice and has an indefatigable appetite for fighting the good fight on behalf of the British public until he gets genuine results. We can’t wait for him to channel that mischievous tenacity into this series which we’re delighted to be making for Channel 4.”
Earlier this year, Lycett was confirmed as the new host of The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC Two. His book, Parsnips, Buttered, which includes many of his complaints and rails against bureaucracy, is out now.
Below is his appearance on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown in which he talks about how he got off a parking fine. The video is now approaching three million views.
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