Stand up comedian Al Murray is coming to HISTORY to find out why everyone hates the English in a new five-part series premiering this October.
Each episode will see Murray travelling to the country in question and pairing with a local comedian to investigate the troubled history between them and England.
In France, Murray will partner with Antoine de Caunes, Henning Wehn in Germany, Fred MacAulay in Scotland, Elis James in Wales and Andrew Maxwell in Ireland. Together, Murray and his various partners will explore historic battles, massacres, riots and revolutions, all while having a good laugh.
Murray joked: “An Englishman, a Scotsman, a Welshman, an Irishman, a German and a Frenchman all walk into the History channel… I’m looking forward to introducing some very funny people to investigate this old and vexatious question.”
Dan Korn, who commissioned the show for A+E Networks, sees the programme as having a slightly more serious mission.
“In these uncertain times, England needs all the friends it can get,” he said, “so the time is ripe to reassess the historical roots of our deepest, most keenly felt historical enmities.”
Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English? will air Mondays at 9pm from 8 October on History UK.