Monumental, the studio comedy panel show celebrating everything that is brilliant and bizarre about Northern Ireland is back with a new host; award winning Kiwi comic Jarred Christmas, and the return of team captains Jimeoin and Andrew Maxwell, alongside regulars Michael Smiley and Micky Bartlett.
Throughout the seven part series the host and comics are joined by a very special guest from the world of comedy, sport and entertainment who get honoured in the form of a light-hearted “monumental” tribute at the end of the show. The “monumental” guests appearing on series two are: TV star, Christine Bleakley, who reveals where she took fiancee Frank Lampard on his first visit to her home town of Newtownards; Northern Ireland International football legend, Gerry Armstrong; BBC Radio Ulster’s very own country and western star, Hugo Duncan; Veteran local sports broadcaster and raconteur, Jackie Fullerton and Northern Ireland’s only ever Eurovision Song Contest Winner, Dana.
Emerging and exciting entertainment talent from Northern Ireland complete the line-up on each programme, including: actress Bronagh Waugh (“The Fall”), Peter Dickson (“X-Factor” VoiceOver), Kathy Clugston (BBC Radio 4 Newsreader), new comedians Shane Todd (“Sketchy”), Niamh Marron (“Britain’s Got Talent”) and popular writer and comedy performer Nuala McKeever (“Micky’s Ma”).
The teams compete over a series of rounds based on funny and fascinating facts about Northern Ireland, like: identifying the world beating achievement of a “monumental mystery guest” and offering comical opinions on things from our past that they regard as “monumental and missed”.
Before revealing the winning team, each show ends with one of the guests getting a humorous tribute from our host and the comedians – this feel-good finale features amusing archive and anecdotes to celebrate the star guest’s career. They also receive a coveted “Monumental” blue plaque in recognition of what they’ve done over the years to spread joy about Northern Ireland.
Across the series, there are also surprise appearances from other popular personalities, including: Louis Walsh, Philip Schofield, Eamonn Holmes and Lawrie Sanchez.
Monumental will air on 7th February on BBC ONE NI at 10.35pm with special guest Christine Bleakley.
Monumental is a Green Inc Film and Television Production for BBC One Northern Ireland.