Joe Lycett’s live Channel 4 chat show to return to Birmingham for a Christmas special & second series

Joe Lycett’s hilarious Channel 4 late night chat show is set to return to the banks of Digbeth in Birmingham for a Christmas Special and a second series

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After the success of the first series of Late Night Lycett - a live chat show hosted live by Joe Lycett from a TV studio in Digbeth, Birmingham - is on its way back for a second season, and a Christmas special!

Lycett brought some of the biggest names in the showbiz world to Brum in the first series broadcast on Channel 4 - with guests including Dame Joan Collins, Dame Joanna Lumley, Richard E Grant, Rob Delaney, Jonathan Ross, Alison Hammond, Munroe Bergdof, David Harewood, Daisy May Cooper, Katherine Ryan, and more.

He even got his local corner shop in Kings Heath on the show along along with his aunties and red Labrador Linda Biscuits as a production trainee - winning the nation’s hearts.

And our Brummie comedy hero is expected to bring more mayhem to our screens in the new series, which is due to air in 2024 - after a 2023 Christmas special. Series one was broadcast live from uber cool studios at The Bond in Fazeley Street for five weeks.

The show celebrates the city and its diversity, making stars of the locals. The first series witnessed celebs from Natalie Cassidy to Paul Chuckle running riot in Joe’s local corner shop - Ruprai Food and Wines, created the nation’s new sweetheart in the form of production trainee Linda Biscuits; saw Joe give away his very own car to an audience member; and introduced controversial straight-talking newsreader Richard Yewtree to challenge the woke agenda.

Rosie Jones, Joe Lycett, Katherine Ryan (Again!) and Richard E Grant (Photo - Channel 4Rosie Jones, Joe Lycett, Katherine Ryan (Again!) and Richard E Grant (Photo - Channel 4
Rosie Jones, Joe Lycett, Katherine Ryan (Again!) and Richard E Grant (Photo - Channel 4

The Bond creative hub in Digbeth has brought new opportunities for TV production to the city with Late Night Lycett and a red carpet for Series 4 of Man Like Mobeen hosted there. Lycett reportedly insisted on filming the show in Birmingham in 2023 and MasterChef is also moving to Birmingham next year. Meanwhile, the BBC are moving from the Mailbox into the former Typhoo Tea Factory in 2026.

What Joe Lycett said about the return of his chat show - Late Night Lycett

Joe Lycett said in a tweet: “Very happy to announce @Channel4 have commissioned a second series of Late Night Lycett, my live tv show from Brum that we premiered this spring. I begged them to move it to London (Birmingham is SO grey and DULL) but they insisted it ticks a load of ‘regional boxes’ and will give them ‘a leg to stand on if a drunk culture sec writes a think piece about us being London-centric.’

“We’ll be back with a Christmas special and then a bunch of Fridays in 2024 where you can see me clutch a televisual tight-rope and inevitably say something that gets me cancelled for good. Telly gold!”

What West Midlands Combined Authority celebrates the return of Late Night Lycett

West Midlands Combined Authority welcomed Channel 4’s announcement. They said: “Fantastic news that Channel 4 is bringing us a second series of the show filmed live in Birmingham next year. From Paul Chuckle destroying his local corner shop to Katherine Ryan being trapped on a floating barge, the show brought the world of showbiz to The Mill in Digbeth. It’s brilliant news for the West Midlands’ creative sector and the support it provides for emerging talent from the region to work in the industry.”