Earlier this year, BBC Three commissioned Talkback to produce three pilots fronted by comedian Luke McQueen in a bid to nurture him as a future face of the channel. However, the pilots did not go to plan and Luke has been protesting the decision to broadcast them ever since.
Luke staged a protest outside Broadcasting House which was captured on film and can be seen in this video www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06kbpfr but, despite his best endeavours, the first episode of The Luke McQueen Pilots dropped on iPlayer today and will air weekly on BBC Three.
The three-part series features Luke trying his hand at fronting three different genres that have previously proven popular with BBC Three’s core youth demographic. The first is an investigative documentary in the vein of those by Stacey Dooley and Reggie Yates titled Britain’s Hidden Vampire Crisis which is available on iPlayer now: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06j81h2/the-luke-mcqueen-pilots-series-1-1-britains-hidden-vampire-crisis. The second is Sex with My Father, a comedy travelogue in which Luke is accompanied by his father, inspired by similar acclaimed shows fronted by Romesh Ranganathan and Jack Whitehall. The third pilot The Luke Of Love sees Luke take part in a reality dating format akin to ITV2’s Love Island.
Talkback wishes to move on from this regrettable series of events and will be making no further comment on the matter.
Leon Wilson, Managing Director of Talkback said of the series; “No comment.”
Luke McQueen said; “You want a quote? Here’s a quote, ‘I am professional comedian Luke McQueen and I’m asking you NOT to watch The Luke McQueen Pilots! I tried to make something good, it didn’t work out, now I’m being publicly shamed by the BBC. I will be taking this up with Ofcom but in the meantime, I urge people not to watch the show on iPlayer.”