Comedian Rosie Jones is to host a new cooking and chatting show for Channel 4 in a ‘big step forward’ for the portrayal of disability in TV formats.
ine Hard, which will feature one-third disabled talent in front and behind the camera and will see the TV star joined by celebrity friends, is one of three new assignments for Jones from the channel.
She will also be hitting the road again for a second installment in her Trip Hazard series of adventures, in which she will travel to the UK’s most unlikely destinations to experience the quirky and quirky activities on offer in each location.
Jones, who suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy, which causes slowed speech, will also present a unique documentary exploring societal attitudes towards people with disabilities.
The panel shows that regulars frequently receive abuse on social media and will use this as a starting point to investigate the extent of the problem, looking in particular at the specifics of the language used towards people with disabilities to get an idea the nature of society’s attitudes towards them. .
She will meet other people targeted for abuse of being disabled as well as those who are campaigning for change.
Jones said: “It gives me immense pleasure to lead not one, not two, but three Channel 4 shows! How lucky am I? !
“In my opinion, Channel 4 has always been the pioneer channel when it comes to championing and celebrating diversity and showcasing different and important stories. These three shows do just that. Oh, do I I have a brilliantly busy year ahead of me!”
Dine Hard, which will be a digital series for Channel 4, has been commissioned by digital commissioning director Thomas Pullen.
He said: “The representation of disability in cooking and talk show formats hasn’t gone as far as some other genres, so with Rosie Jones: Dine Hard we wanted to take a big step forward and throw Rosie deep, asking her to do both of these things — cook and chat — and, in true Rosie style, she took on the challenge.
“But it’s about so much more than just on-screen representation – we wanted to make it a truly inclusive production with over a third of our on-screen and off-screen crew made up of talent with disabilities.”
Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events at Channel 4, said: “Rosie Jones is a brilliant talent and we love working with her.
“We’re thrilled that viewers can see more of the Rosie they love in Trip Hazard, as well as another side of her in the documentary that delves into a hugely important issue that’s incredibly close to Rosie’s heart.”
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Elsewhere, Channel 4 has confirmed that musician Tinie Tempah will return to host a second series of Extraordinary Extensions property shows.
The first series followed transformations including a 17th-century Cotswold cottage, an £11million basement in the heart of Kensington, west London, and a former lumberyard turned into a passive house ultra-efficient energy in South London.
The presenter said: “I am delighted to be back on the road to see some of the incredible designs that homeowners across Britain have come up with.
“I was amazed, inspired and at times confused by the final season, but I really enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to see how far families, couples and developers are willing to go to realize their extraordinary expansion.”