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BBC One controller Peter Fincham announced a raft of new comedy shows for the new year on the channel, with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse reunited on the BBC for the first time in nine years.

The Harry Enfield Show, made by Tiger Aspect, will feature Morwenna Banks and Perrier Award-winner Laura Solon, among a range of new characters.

Not before time, the BBC has handed Omid Djalili, the highly-regarded British-born Iranian stand-up comic, his own comedy series. The Omid Djalili Show is a 30-minute self-penned stand-up/sketch series being made in-house, which will air on Friday nights.

Ronni Ancona and Co sees Ancona joined by a different impressionist each week, and After You've Gone, which stars Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celia Imrie as an incompatible son and mother-in-law forced into living together.
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In other parts of the schedule, Fincham has given the go ahead to a new-look 60-minute Saturday night National Lottery quiz show for the spring. The People's Quiz, made by Fever Media, will hold auditions across the UK to find the country's ultimate quiz show contestant, with the chance of winning a six-figure cash prize.

Fincham said: "It is right for BBC One to experiment with the Lottery show. This is a different approach as it is a format with a beginning, middle and end."

In drama, Jekyll sees James Nesbitt playing both Jekyll and Hyde, and A Class Apart stars former EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace in her return to BBC One.

Danny Wallace will host the revamped Castaway, where a group of strangers are sent to remote island, in a weekly Sunday night slot on BBC One, with supporting shows on BBC Three, as well as interactive features.

Fincham said of the show: "The venue may have changed, from Scotland to New Zealand, but the intention is still the same – take a group of ordinary people out of their normal environment and discover how they choose to shape their new community.

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