British hit You Have Been Watching heads Down Under

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Australian comedian and broadcaster Peter Berner will host a local version of the hit British comedy panel show You Have Been Watching.

Currently in pre-production, Southern Star Entertainment will begin filming the 10-episode series early in the new year.

In keeping with the original UK format, the Australian You Have Been Watching will see comedians and other notable TV personalities ponder questions about the most outrageous and interesting shows -- both nationally and around the globe.

With several successful hosting credits including Einstein Factor, BackBerner and the 2004 AFI Awards, as well as radio programs "The Cage" and "The Peter Berner Experiment" on Triple M, Peter Berner is definitely the man for the job.

Despite being infamous for his cynicism, Berner seems enthusiastic about the upcoming project.

"I wasn't sure if the show The Comedy Channel was planning to do was a cooking show or a dancing show or dancing cooks or dancing cops who cook or extreme dancing fishermen or ice road chefs having instant makeovers ... it turns out it's all of them. I get to watch telly and go to work with funny people. What's not to like?" said Berner.

And while the show sounds promising, the network seems just a tad cocky about how well it will perform.

"Who said comedy is the toughest genre to crack?" said The Comedy Channel general manager Alex Ristevski. "All you need are three simple things -- a great format, great producers and great talent. The hardest part is deciding whether you should turn up to collect your Logie."

BackBerner was nominated for several Logie Awards during its four-year run -- including Most Outstanding Comedy Series in 2000 and 2002 -- however, it didn't manage to "collect" any.

Former Einstein Factor brains trust panellist John Wood was also nominated for the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality every year from 1997 to 2007, before winning the award in 2006.

There is definitely potential for the program to do well, but it will be a while before anyone has to make the seemingly difficult decision on whether they'll show up to collect the Logie.

You Have Been Watching (Australia) will premiere 9:30pm Thursday, February 17 on The Comedy Channel.

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