Harry and Paul moves to BBC2

Tiger Aspect sketch show Harry & Paul will move from BBC1 to BBC2 for its third run - despite scooping a Bafta for its most recent series.

Harry Enfield, who writes and performs the series with Paul Whitehouse, jokingly told the Broadcast TV Comedy Forum: “We’ve been sacked by BBC1 because we only delivered 5 million viewers or something. I don’t know how it works there anymore.”

He added: 2Everyone says that’s better for comedy anyway. The BBC have management targets, and I don’t have to get involved in all that - at least not until they say ‘You’re fired’.”

The second series of the show – originally known as Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry & Paul before it was abbreviated - aired in BBC1’s key Friday 9pm slot in September 2008 and averaged 3.4 million, a 14.7% share. The BBC said the move to BBC2 was not a demotion but was because the show was a better fit for its new channel.

Controller Janice Hadlow said: “I’ve long been a fan of both Harry and Paul and I think their sense of humour absolutely resonates with a BBC2 audience.”

For more on Enfield, see this week’s issue of Broadcast, out tomorrow.

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