‘Deep Fake Neighbour Wars’ sees Harry Kane and Stormzy forced to live next door

The world's first comedy sketch show using creepy deep fake AI technology is coming to British screens later this month.

'Deep Fake Neighbour Wars' plonks the world's biggest celebrities down in a normal British neighbourhood—and forces them to fight over bins, patio tiles, and other petty grievances.

Viewers will be able to tune in to watch deepfake versions of Stormzy, Greta Thunberg, Idris Elba, and Harry Kane bicker with one another. The likes of Nicki Minaj and Tom Holland even move in together and go toe-to-toe with their annoying neighbour, Mark Zuckerberg.

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Created by comedian Spencer Jones and deepfake company StudioNeural, the mock reality TV show will be released on ITVX on 26 January.

Deep fakes use artificial intelligence to create convincing replicas and mimics of real people.

Their use in fake news campaigns has been criticised as dangerous and even unethical, and have even been banned in certain contexts (such as deepfake porn).

However, the ITV show marks the first time the technology will be used for a TV comedy.

The show's deepfake characters are played by a range of skilled impersonators, whose faces are replaced in a production suite with computer-generated versions of the celebs themselves.

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In an interview with The Guardian, showrunner and comedian Spencer Jones says: "None of our heroes in our show are doing anything illegal. Everything is silly. If you turn us on halfway through, and think that the real Harry Kane has really had his patio tile cracked by Stormzy, you might need to have a little look at yourself."

Jones also explained some of the problems they encountered with the AI tech while filming the show. "One of the gutting things for me was that we couldn't have people behind windows looking out, right?"

He added: "Can't have it raining either. But I think, by the end of it, we all got good at knowing what the limitations were."


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