Sky 1 Renews ‘Starlings’, ‘Little Crackers’, ‘A Touch Of Cloth’ & ‘Moone Boy’

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Fresh off of picking up three entertainment pilots, Sky 1 has handed renewals to comedy series Starlings, Little Crackers, A Touch of Cloth and Moone Boy. Little Crackers will return for a third season while Starlings, A Touch of Cloth and Moone Boy will all return for a second season. The renewals of A Touch of Cloth and Moone Boy come before the premieres of both series later this year.

Starlings, which is currently airing its first season on Sky 1, will return for an eight episode second season in 2013. The dramedy series, created by Matt King and Steve Edge, follows the lives of the Starlings family, a typical working class brood living in a detached house in Matlock, Derbyshire and stars Matt King, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Sharp, Alan Williams, Finn Atkins, John Dagleish, Rebecca Night and Ukweli Roach. The series is produced by Baby Cow Productions, with Henry Normal and Steve Coogan serving as executive producers.

Little Crackers will return this Christmas for a third season, with new episodes now running 30 minutes, comprising both the story and a 10 minute behind the scenes look at its journey to the screen. Actors and writers confirmed for the show’s third season include Katy Brand (The Katy Brand Show), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Jason Manford (8 out of 10 Cats), Paul O’Grady (The Paul O’Grady Show) and Alison Steadman.

A Touch of Cloth, which is set to air its three episode first season on Sky 1 this August, will return for a two episode second season and a two hour film in 2013. The comedy series is an all-encompassing parody of every police procedural ever written and stars John Hannah as DCI Jack Cloth and Suranne Jones as DC Anne Oldman. The comedy series also stars Julian Rhind-Tutt, Adrian Bower, Navin Chowdhry and Daisy Beaumont. A Touch of Cloth is produced by Zeppotron, Jim O’Hanlon is the series director, with Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker serving as executive producers.

Moone Boy, which is set to air its six episode first season on Sky 1 later this year, will return for a six episode second season in 2013. Created by Chris O’Dowd and is set in a small town in Ireland in 1989, the comedy series follows the antics of the youngest member of the Moone family, 11 year old Martin Moone (David Rawle). Martin has a unique perspective on life aided by his imaginary friend, Sean Murphy (Chris O’Dowd). Martin’s imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean’s better judgement. With Sean’s help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a chaotic, scatter-brained family.

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