Talkback (a Fremantle label) has secured a brand-new commission with Sky Max with a fast-paced comedy show all about the magic of television.

Hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, Rob Beckett’s Smart TV, will be a celebration of some of the nation’s most loved (and loathed) shows on the small screen.

Joining Rob will be team captains in the form of TV royalty, Alison Hammond, and TV fanatic Josh Widdicombe. Since first appearing on screens in 2003, Alison has become one of the most loved television personalities. Alongside Rob, Josh is one of the most sought-after comedians on British screens, whilst also adding acting and presenting to his list of many talents.

Each week, they’ll be joined by big name actors, comics, presenters, and personalities as well as regular appearances in this first series from actress, comedian and screenwriter Natasia Demetriou.

The 8 x 45 series will see the teams competing in chaotic, trivia-infused rounds to find out who knows the most about TV. With rounds that viewers can play along with at home, Rob Beckett’s Smart TV will be the go-to comedy quiz show for any telly fanatic.

Rob Beckett’s Smart TV will launch next year on Sky Max and streaming service NOW.

Rob Beckett said, “I am very excited to be hosting Rob Beckett’s Smart TV.  The show was named before I was asked to be the host so as a person named Rob Beckett it seems only fitting that I, Rob Beckett, should be at the helm. It’s an honour to work alongside the Queen of TV Alison Hammond and it’s a shame that I can’t seem to shake off Josh Widdicombe. But in the words of Bewitched and some French people ‘C’est La Vie’. All the shows have been really funny to film so I can’t wait for everyone to watch them. As well as all the other Rob Beckett’s in the world sat there thinking I could have hosted this”.

Alison Hammond said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be a team captain on Smart TV.  I understand why they have chosen me – firstly I love TV and secondly, I’m smart. LOL! I can’t wait to have fun looking at the TV shows I know and love!  It’s like going out for a night with your mates, doing a quiz and escaping life!

Josh Widdicombe said, “Rob and Alison are two of my favourite people in the world, well, Alison is. But mainly I’m excited as finally someone has come up with a show where I can talk about Neighbours, Gladiators, Noel’s House Party and other cool and up to the minute TV hits. Bring it on!

Jonno Richards, Managing Director of Talkback adds, “Talkback are super excited about this brand-new series. Rob, Alison & Josh are a brilliantly funny gang and we can’t wait for the UK to enjoy their views on TV, on Rob Beckett’s Smart TV, on Sky TV”.

Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment for Sky, Phil Edgar-Jones said, “At Sky, we are bona fide TV addicts; our lives are one big boxset just like Succession-meets-House of the Dragon. So, we are thrilled that Rob, Alison and Josh have joined us to make sense of it all in Rob Beckett’s Smart TV.”

Rob Beckett’s Smart TV is Executive Produced by Talkback Director of Programmes Kate Edmunds, Mark Barrett is the Series Editor for Talkback and the series was commissioned by Shirley Jones and Phil Edgar-Jones for Sky Max.