Channel 4 orders The Horne Section TV show

ExclusiveThursday, April 14, 2022, 9:00 a.m. by Jay Richardson

  • Channel 4 has commissioned a six-episode series from Taskmaster creator Alex Horne and his band The Horne Section
  • Described as ‘a unique blend of talk show and sitcom, music and mayhem’, commission follows successful pilot
  • “I’ve always thought that a show’s title is indicative of the quality of writing in a show, so the Horne Section TV show seems to be pretty special,” says Horne.

The Horne Section TV program. Picture shows from left to right: Ed Sheldrake, Ben Reynolds, Will Collier, Alex Horne, Mark Brown, Joe Auckland


Channel 4 is cementing its relationship with Taskmaster creator Alex Horne, commissioning a new series from his group The Horne Section, which British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

The Horne Section TV show is described as “a unique blend of talk show and sitcom, music and mayhem”. Six 30-minute episodes have been ordered following a successful pilot revealed by BCG last year.

Formed in 2010, the six-piece includes Horne as bandleader, Joe Auckland (trumpet and banjo), Mark Brown (saxophone and guitar), Will Collier (bass), Ben Reynolds (drums and percussion) and Ed Sheldrake ( keyboards).

“I’ve always thought that a show’s title is indicative of the quality of writing in a show, so the Horne Section TV show seems to be pretty special,” Horne said. “I’ve known some of these musicians for over forty years and can safely say it’s very bizarre that one of them is now in a six-part scripted comedy series on Channel 4.”

BCG understands that the series is significantly different from the band’s 2018 pilot for Dave, which was recorded at the London Palladium. A broadcast date has not yet been set.

The Horne section provides the theme music for Taskmaster, which Channel 4 stole from Dave in 2019. They also appeared as a group on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, hosted Never Mind The Buzzcocks as an ensemble and have sometimes been the home of The Last Leg. bandaged.

Artists the band members have performed with include Amy Winehouse, Madness, Florence and the Machine, Robbie Williams, George Ezra, Basement Jaxx, Disclosure and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The Horne Section TV Show is directed by Barbara Wiltshire (Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown) and produced by Matt Stronge (Spitting Image, The Now Show) for group management company Avalon.

It was commissioned by Channel 4 head of comedy Fiona McDermott and commissioning director Joe Hullait. Executive producers are Horne, James Taylor, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner for Avalon.

McDermott said: “Alex is an extraordinarily talented comedian; unique, charming and unpredictable, The Horne Section TV Show is designed to reflect all of these qualities, with a unique blend of talk show and sitcom, music and mayhem and we can’t wait to share it with Channel 4 viewers.”

Horne just appeared on The Big Celebrity Cake for the channel. And he currently co-hosts Series 13 of Taskmaster with Greg Davies, with the hit show’s line-up including Bridget Christie, Ardal O’Hanlon, Judi Love, Sophie Duker and Chris Ramsey.

A broadcast date will be announced later this year.