Channel 4 and producers Avalon have confirmed details for The Horne Section TV show, which will air later this fall.
Mixing elements of music, chat and sitcom, the series – which seems to recall the long-running BBC hit The Kumars At No. 42 – will see Alex chatting to celebrity guests as he breaks free from the shadows of the Taskmaster.
They say: “Tired of being Taskmaster’s little helper, Alex Horne finally gets the chance to star in his own late-night musical TV chat, which he insists on filming live from his family home.
“With the help of his loyal and far more talented band The Horne Section, Alex is ready to do whatever it takes to impress the big bosses at Channel 4.”
Created, written by and starring Alex Horne and The Horne Section, the six-part scripted series also stars Greg Davies, Tim Key and US-based John Oliver as regular special guest stars.
Desiree Burch will play Alex’s frustrated producer Georgia Tennant, a Channel 4 television executive, and Camille Ucan will appear as a talk show researcher, while the series will see special appearances from Martin Kemp, Big Zuu, Imogen Heap , Anneka Rice and Dr. Ranj Singh, who joins Alex and The Horne Section for “this unruly, ridiculous and surprisingly satisfying spectacle”.
The Horne section includes: Alex Horne (bandleader), Joe Auckland (trumpet and banjo), Mark Brown (saxophone and guitar), Will Collier (bass), Ben Reynolds (drums and percussion) and Ed Sheldrake (keyboards).
Horne was also announced today as the host of this year’s prestigious Rose d’Or Awards. The 61st annual awards will take place on November 28 and will be webcast live via rosedor.com.
Alex says, “I’ve administered many tasks over the past few years, many of which end up getting wet or undressed. It’s an absolute honor to now tackle the task of presenting the Rose d’Or Awards, who have recognized so many great TV names over the years – and if I stay dry and fully dressed at the end of the show, that’s a bonus for everyone!”