ITV has announced the return of the highly acclaimed comedy panel show “Sorry I Didn’t Know” for a fourth series. The show, which revolves around Black history and features an all-star cast, has been nominated for a prestigious RTS (Royal Television Society) Award in the Comedy Entertainment Show category. This marks a significant milestone for the show, as it will be the first time it is transmitted outside of Black History Month.
“Sorry I Didn’t Know,” produced by TriForce Productions, has been ordered by ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning, Katie Rawcliffe, and Entertainment Commissioners Gemma John-Lewis and Natalie Rose. The four-part series will make a transition from its flagship role as part of ITV’s Black History Month programming to the mainstream schedule in the Autumn.
The returning series will feature Chizzy Akudolu and Eddie Kadi as team captains, overseeing an impressive lineup of guests. TriForce co-founder Jimmy Akingbola, who will also executive produce the show alongside Fraser Ayres and Minnie Ayres, will serve as the host. Jonte Richardson, an award-winning producer with extensive experience working on popular US shows such as the BET Awards and Rip the Runway, will take on the role of series producer for the fourth season.
Fraser Ayres, known for his work on “In the Long Run,” will once again lead the writing team, which includes Viv May from “Have I Got News For You” and Mark Boutros from “8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.” Joining them is Aida Abdul-Raheem, a trainee writer selected as part of TriForce’s commitment to fostering diversity in the production crew. ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion partners will support the trainee program, expanding its reach to various departments such as directing, hair and makeup, styling, and more.
Expressing his pride in the collaboration with ITV, Fraser Ayres stated, “We’re very proud to be working with ITV to not only deliver authentically Black, yet commercial programming outside of Black History Month, but also with their support and the expertise of DandI.org.uk, to be creating unprecedented pathways for talent that directly address the lack of diversity in senior roles.”
Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, expressed her enthusiasm for the show, saying, “Sorry I Didn’t Know has quickly established itself as one of our standout panel shows, with all the ingenuity, flair, and humour to appeal to a modern, contemporary audience. We’re thrilled to champion this brilliant show and all it represents.”
The recommission of “Sorry I Didn’t Know” follows the recent nomination for the RTS Award for Comedy Entertainment Show. Additionally, TriForce Productions’ acclaimed documentary, “Handle with Care,” which explores the personal story of Jimmy Akingbola’s childhood in foster care, was purchased by Peacock in the US and successfully aired.
Filming for the new series of “Sorry I Didn’t Know” will take place in London next month in front of a live studio audience. Free tickets for the show can be obtained through the TriForce website at www.thetcn.com.