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Channel 4 to air comedy series Servant of The People starring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Servant of The People
Servant of The People

Channel 4 is to air comedy series Servant of The People starring Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The first three-episodes of the show, which originally aired in 2015, will air on TV this Sunday before the full series is made available on All4.

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Channel 4 share: "Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become known around the world as a charismatic and defiant leader and key figure in determining the course of the current crisis in his country.

"But before being elected Ukraine’s president in a landslide victory in 2019, he was an actor and comedian, providing the voice of Paddington Bear in the Ukraine, winning the country's version of Strictly Come Dancing and starring and producing satirical series, Servant of the People, the latter a poignant precursor to his real-life election victory.

"Servant of the People, to be broadcast on Channel 4 this Sunday, sees Zelenskyy play a high school teacher who accidentally becomes Ukrainian President after a video of him condemning government corruption goes viral on social media. From its first broadcast in 2015, it was hugely popular and became a record breaker for Ukrainian broadcaster, 1+1, racking up three series and a feature film."

Following the success of the TV show, Zelenskyy ultimately ran for president of Ukraine and won a landslide victory in 2019.

The comedy series will air alongside a 30-miute Channel 4 current affairs special, Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin

Say Channel 4: "The programme tells the story of Zelenskyy’s rise to fame - from an actor and stand-up comedian, to the political outsider who became the unlikely head of his nation and has now been forced to stand up to the might of the Russian war machine and its leader, Vladimir Putin.

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"The film will also explore the man behind the series of game changing social media and TV appearances which have encapsulated the defiant response of a nation. What motivates him? How did he transform from joker to leader and what is the next chapter of his story?

"It will look at Zelenskyy’s beliefs and policies and paint an intimate portrait of the former TV personality who has now become a war hero to Ukrainians."

Ian Katz, Channel 4 Chief Content Officer said: “We know from the huge audiences coming to our comprehensive news coverage of the war in Ukraine that our viewers have a real thirst to understand the conflict and the individuals who are shaping it.

"In the space of a few weeks Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become one of the most admired and speculated about men in the world and broadcasting our current affairs special, Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin and Servant of the People across Sunday night will give viewers access to deep insight into how he shot to political prominence, the foundations of his popular appeal and his intuitive grasp of how to exploit both traditional and social media.

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"The battle in Ukraine is as much an information war as a military one and these two programmes will show that Zelenskyy was a formidable information warrior long before he was a war leader.”

Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took On Putin will air on Channel 4 on Sunday, 6 March at 6:45PM, followed by three episodes of Servant of The People at 10:35PM. Series 1 and 2 of Servant of the People will be available in full on All 4 at a later date.

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