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This summer, Flight of the Conchords reunited for a special tour, as New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk parody duo – Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement – swept across the UK to perform old favourites and new songs. The tour was aptly called the Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.
While that was enough to get fans of the HBO comedy series excited, over 10 years since the series first premiered on our TV screens, the best news was that the whole thing was being recorded so that it could also be released on HBO. That will happen this autumn, the cable giant has now announced.
The hour-long special was filmed live at the London Apollo, after several dates on the UK leg of the tour were postponed due to Bret injuring his hand. The special was directed by Hamish Hamilton, with Clement, McKenzie and Mike Martinovich exec-producing.
Now, HBO has revealed that the special will air in the USA on Sunday 6th October. With Sky holding the UK rights to HBO shows, you can expect it to air in the UK shortly afterwards on Sky and NOW TV – a change from the original BBC Four home of the comedy series, back in 2007. We’ll bring you more news on a confirmed UK premiere date nearer the time.
Here’s a special announcement from Bret and Jemaine, which reveals the premiere date, as well as gives you a taste of the wild rock ‘n’ roll anecdotes and witty conversation you can expect from the pair.
Flight of the Conchords tour is coming to your living room
12th January 2018
Bret? Present. Jemaine? Present. You? Maybe not present, depending on how lucky you were when it came to booking tickets for the Flight of the Conchords tour that was announced last year. The UK tour will sweep the country this Easter, as New Zealand’s top music superstars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement reunite to perform such classics as Robots and Business Time. But the good news for those who could not get tickets to the sold out gigs, though, is that the show will be coming to a living room near you soon.
The Conchords will record one of their concerts in front of a live UK audience for a new HBO special. The hour-long special will then air on the cable network in May. With Sky holding the UK rights to HBO shows, you can expect Flight of the Conchords to air on Sky and NOW TV shortly afterwards – a change from the original BBC Four home of the comedy series, which first debuted back in 2007 and ran for two seasons.
Boasting 10 Emmy nominations and winning Best Comedy Album at the 2008 Grammys, the special may not be a proper return to our screens in the way we know, but it does we get one more taste of the Conchords in flight – including, of course, the chance to hear new original songs from their upcoming tour, the aptly named “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour”.
Whether the comedy special, or the tour, will see familiar faces from the TV show appear, such as Rhys Darby’s Murray, is not yet known. The special will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, with Clement, McKenzie and Mike Martinovich exec-producing. We’ll bring you more on a UK air date as soon as we have it.
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