Frankie Boyle has landed a brand new topical news series for BBC2 as the channel aims to become more ‘contemporary’.
The controversial comedian, known for his regular appearances on Mock the Week, will front the new comedy series, which will focus on ‘current issues’.
“I think the thing with Frankie is he is an extraordinarily strong voice and a passionate voice and he has the ability to be able to explore some of the issues of the day in a way that will be challenging viewing. It’s important that a person like Frankie is given a place on BBC2,” said the channel controller Patrick Holland.
“If we are going to make the channel feel more contemporary, more relevant we need to look at the issues of the day and Frankie is someone who does that.”
Holland, who took over the role at the beginning of the year, said that he had been impressed by Boyle’s iPlayer series, Election Autopsy.
“Seeing Autopsy was one of the reasons I was so keen for Frankie to come back. But [the new show] is a different show from Autopsy. It is the kind of tone that Frankie will be able to achieve that I want to see on BBC2," he said.
Boyle has come under fire for his on-air jokes in the past, after taking swipes at Rebecca Adlington and Katie Price’s disabled son, Harvey.
“If you're on the BBC there are BBC guidelines and the producers of the show know about that. Frankie is keen to be back on BBC2,” said Holland.
The new season of programmes on the channel includes factual shows An Island Parish, Coast and a film about the death of MP Jo Cox.
A new docu-drama, titled 20 Days, will explore the Conservative Party’s 2016 leadership campaign.