Channel 4 has commissioned a range of new comedy shows and announced the return of The Inbetweeners with two specials.

The most recent series of The Inbetweeners was expected to be the last but Channel 4 has confirmed that Jay, Will, Simon and Neil will be back on the small screen a further two times once their feature film, which they are currently working on, has been released.

Channel 4 has also announced that a number of other comedy shows have been commissioned for E4, including new shows for Noel Fielding and Chris Addison.

Noel, star o The Mighty Boosh and team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, will front Noel Fielding: Boopus, his first solo TV project, which will feature a mixture of sketches, characters, art and animation.

The Thick Of It Star Chris will present Show and Tell, in which three up-and-coming comics will each bring something to ‘show’ every week.

In addition, two former Channel 4 Comedy Showcase projects are also getting revamped and being turned into full series. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, starring Sharon Horgan, David Cross and Will Arnett, will screen on More4, while Campus, from the team behind Green Wing and Smack The Pony will screen on Channel 4.

Channel 4’s head of comedy Shane Allen said: “Channel 4 continues to lead the way in comedy by backing new talent and giving established names the creative freedom to take risks. We are able to give Frankie, Noel and Chris the space to try out new things and want talent to bring their passion projects to us.

“Channel 4’s investment in comedy has risen sharply in the last two years – 2011 spend will be almost double 2009 levels – and the space Big Brother leaves puts us in the happy postion of having even more hours to fill.”

Other new comedy shows across the Channel 4 associated channels include Meet the Parents, a part-scripted, part-improvised prank show, and the return of Peter Versus Life starring Rafe Spall.