BBC Three has ordered a new black comedy series from Anger Management co-executive producer Bob Kushell. Way To Go has been given a six episode order and tells the story of three ordinary guys who find themselves forced into setting up an assisted-suicide business.
Created by Kushell, Way To Go revolves around brothers Scott and Joey and their friend Cozzo. After Scott is moved by a terminally ill neighbour’s request to die – and at the same time faced with a predatory female employer, a split from his girlfriend, and a desperate life or death need for cash to pay off his brother Joey’s gambling debts – he and his best mate Cozzo stumble towards what they think is their only solution: an assisted-suicide machine. A deeply illegal situation about which they will have to keep very, very quiet. Along the way, the 20-something mates find love in the strangest ways, fall out with each other and are touched by some of the people they come across. But it’s their own inadequacies and personal circumstances that most often lead to comedy in the darkest of situations.
The six episode comedy series is being produced by BBC In House Comedy and stars Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Ben Heathcote, Marc Wootton (La La Land), Laura Aikman (Lemon, La Vida Loca), Sinéad Matthews (Ideal) and Hannah Job (Coming Of Age). In addition to Kushell, writers for the series includes Russell Arch, Brian Dooley (Smoking Room) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives). Jon Plowman will executive produce, while Catherine Morshead and Jeff Greenstein are attached to direct.
Speaking of Way To Go, series creator Bob Kushell said: “As someone who was weaned on great British comedy, including Monty Python, Black Adder and Fawlty Towers, there has been no bigger thrill in my life than to have a show on the BBC (narrowly edging out the birth of my son and trouncing my wedding day by a landslide). In over 20 years of writing comedy, I’ve never worked with a better cast and crew.”
Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, commented: “Bob Kushell’s scripts are in turn dark, poignant, absurd, moving and brilliant. But mostly they are very, very funny. I’m thrilled that Way To Go is coming to BBC Three.”
While executive producer Jon Plowman added: “Way To Go is a show about a current and difficult issue but it treats its serious subject in the same way that ‘Arsenic And Old Lace’ dealt with old lady poisoners or ‘Kind Hearts And Coronets’ dealt with aristocratic murders. Working with a really great US creator and a transatlantic writing team also brings us just a whiff of the way in which their shows find a different tone for mixing comedy, drama and death.”