BBC One has given the green-light to two new sitcoms. The first, titled Car Share, will star Peter Kay and is set to premiere on the BBC iPlayer before subsequently airing on BBC One. The second sitcom, titled Pompidou, is a “non-dialogue” comedy series created by Matt Lucas.
Created by Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, Car Share follows John and Kayleigh who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme, forcing their paths to cross as they journey to their respective jobs at a major out-of-town supermarket. Each journey brings fresh insight into John and Kayleigh’s lives, with twists and turns in their unlikely relationship. The six episode comedy series is being produced by Goodnight Vienna and stars Peter Kay and Sian Gibson. Car Share was commissioned by BBC One Controller Danny Cohen and the BBC’s new Controller of Comedy Shane Allen. Peter Kay will direct.
“Everyone adores Peter. It’s bold and exciting for him to head in a more naturalistic comedy direction with this project”, said Shane Allen. “It will be a nifty new addition to his incredible body of work and the way it is being launched is very canny.”
Devised and written by Matt Lucas, Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker, Pompidou is a visual comedy series which feature a new host of characters. The series has been given an order for six episodes and is set to air in 2014. The series also promises to feature “guest appearances from some of the world’s finest physical comedy performers.”
“I’m delighted to be back at the BBC with another show full of new characters – however, unlike Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, this one has no dialogue at all”, said Matt Lucas. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the visual comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and of course, our very own Mr Bean.”