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U.K.’s Channel 4 Working up Topical Satire Show with Ronan Farrow

‘Daily Show’ co-creator Madeleine Smithberg will executive produce

Ronan Farrow is set to front a topical late-night show for viewers in Britain, which is billed as a deliberately satirical take on the U.K. as seen through the eyes of America.

Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, broke the story about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His U.K. show is in development for Channel 4, and Madeleine Smithberg, one of the creators of “The Daily Show” set to executive produce.

Canadian independent producer Soshefeigh, which is run by Matt O’ Brien and Rene Brar, will make the series, which does not yet have an official title.

Channel 4 entertainment boss Ed Harvard and channel commissioner Syeda Irtizaali had identified Farrow quite a long time ago, Channel 4 said, as someone with whom they wanted to work as they sought out talent they could build satirical and topical shows around.

The Farrow/Channel 4 project came to light at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum in London, Wednesday. “We are working on an incredibly exciting development with Soshefeigh, Ronan Farrow and Madeleine Smithberg,” Harvard said.

“They’re a formidable combination, that taps into some of the strongest satirical and journalistic pedigree in the U.S. and we’re excited about the possibility of bringing that perspective to a UK audience.”

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