YouTube and Fulwell 73, the production company behind The Late Late Show with James Corden, Carpool Karaoke: The Series, and upcoming Comedy Central UK show Roast Battle, have commissioned a new football-orientated series fronted by UK actor and comedian Jack Whitehall.
The unscripted show, entitled ‘Training Days’, will premiere and air exclusively on YouTube in Spring 2018 in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup. It will see Whitehall visiting the training grounds of famous football teams, keeping a close eye on one player’s training regime before providing a behind-the-scenes look at the footballer’s post-training activities.
The show – which is YouTube’s first original, ad-supported programme in EMEA – will be executive produced by James Corden, Ben Winston, Gabe Turner, and Leo Pearlman. Turner will also serve as director and showrunner for the programme.
“With the Premier League now being one of the most popular and watched leagues in the world and being populated by many global footballing superstars, I'm really excited to be doing a show that can potentially be enjoyed worldwide,” said Whitehall. “And with James Corden as one of the producers, with any luck, this could turn into the Carpool Karaoke of football.... except I can't drive.”
The deal will also see Whitehall host YouTube’s annual Brandcast event in the UK, which shines a light on the way that UK audiences connect with YouTube content.
“We couldn’t be happier that Jack Whitehall has chosen to host Training Days,” said Ben McOwen Wilson, EMEA director of content partnerships at YouTube. “It’s amazing shows such as Training Days that make YouTube the number one platform for engaged audiences around major cultural events. I’m excited to see Training Days as our first original, advertising-supported programme in EMEA.”