John Cleese teases highly anticipated GB News show as he reveals ‘most extraordinary TV offer in history’

John Cleese teases highly anticipated GB News show as he reveals ‘most extraordinary TV offer in history’

WATCH: John Cleese reveals key details for his GB News show

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 06/10/2023

- 20:47

Updated: 06/10/2023

- 22:01

The legendary actor's first GB News show will air this month

John Cleese has divulged the terms of an “extraordinary offer” from GB News as he gave fans an insight into what they can expect from his upcoming 10-part show.

The legendary actor said the experience of producing a show for The People’s Channel has been “joyful” as a result of the creative freedom it afforded him.

Speaking to Michelle Dewberry, Cleese also took a swipe at the BBC by questioning their creative approach to programmes.

The comedy legend urged fans to tune into GB News’ Free Speech Nation this Sunday for an exclusive airing of the trailer for his new show ‘Dinosaur Hour’.

John Cleese

John Cleese has given fans an insight into his new show


He revealed to Dewberry what he was told by GB News when first approached about the prospect of creating the show, which will begin airing on Sunday 29 October at 9pm.

“They made me the most extraordinary offer that has ever been made to anyone in the history of television”, he said.


“They said, ‘would you like to do 10 shows, and you can do whatever you like’. Can you imagine the BBC doing that?

“I had no interference of any kind. It has been joyful. I have been able to try one or two things that I have always wanted to try on television.”

Cleese has joined forces with Free Speech Nation star Andrew Doyle, who takes on the role of executive producer for the show.

Offering an insight into what fans can expect, the Fawlty Towers star said the show has a “slightly odd” feel, and it is set in a castle.

John Cleese with the Dewbs & Co panel

John Cleese has offered an insight into what his new show will look like


“We have a huge castle that I think was built in 1266 or 1166, they found a wonderful room and set it up like a gentleman’s club with a lot of cats”, he said.

Cleese also opened up on working with the esteemed GB News production team, branding them “the nicest team” he has ever worked with.

“It’s a lovely atmosphere”, he said.

“I think humans are much happier when they’re working in smaller teams. You go to the BBC and it’s much more vast.

“You go there now and no one seems to know who anyone is. It’s much more personable here because everyone knows everyone.

“If you want to join an organisation, join them at the beginning.”

A key editorial decision was the show’s timing, with Cleese confirming 9pm was earmarked for broadcast as it enables people on the show to “use bad language”.

Cleese has already become a familiar face on the People’s Channel, having appeared alongside the likes of Camilla Tominey and Andrew Doyle.

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