Viacom-owned British broadcaster Channel 5 and Comedy Central U.K. have ordered a local version of U.S. hit hidden-camera prank show Impractical Jokers.
It marks the first joint project between the two channels following Viacom’s takeover of Channel 5 last year.
The two channels will co-fund a nine-episode season of the 30-minute series. Episodes will premiere on Channel 5 and then air on Comedy Central U.K.
The previous UK iteration of Impractical Jokers was cancelled by BBC Three in 2014 after two series.
Ben Frow, Channel 5’s director of programs, said of the new version:
“Impractical Jokers has been a huge hit for Comedy Central and it feels like the perfect project for Channel 5’s first foray back into funny with Comedy Central at our side.”
Jill Offman, managing director, Comedy Central U.K., added:
“Our U.K. Impractical Jokers have the same brilliant chemistry that has made their U.S. counterparts such a success and I can’t wait to see what pranks they pull on the unsuspecting British public.”