E4 commissions new comedy, Bad Robots

Machines get their own back in E4 comedy

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Channel 4 has commissioned a new six-part comedy series, Bad Robots for E4.

Created by BAFTA winning producer Nathan Eastwood, and made by Objective Productions, Bad Robots is a hidden camera show that uses new technology to create infuriating situations and computer-generated pranks.

Bad Robots features a host of everyday machines, from tanning booths to photo booths, and showcases argumentative vending machines, patently biased pub quiz machines, abusive electronic road signs and overly helpful service tills – all giving their human users a really hard time.

Phil Clarke, Channel 4’s Head of Comedy said: “The strength of Bad Robots is the simplicity of its idea – it’s a show about everyday machines (computers, automatic doors, road signs, self -service tills etc.) pranking people.

“We interact with machines every day; We rely on them utterly, and trust them implicitly. We’ve learnt to obey their instructions without question. So what happens when the machines go bad? This new prank shows reveals that there is nothing more hilarious, and nothing more enduring, than the human spirit when confronted by a bad robot.”

Nathan Eastwood, Executive Producer, Objective Productions said: “It’s a really simple idea that gets hilarious reactions: hidden camera comedy at its best.”