BBC Three has announced a raft of comedy commissions and re-commissions including a new comedy series starring Nick Helm titled Uncle and a full series of People Just Do Nothing, which was initially piloted on BBC iPlayer last year. Also included in today’s announcement is 8 new pilots for the iPlayer, a fourth season of Him & Her and (as TVWise reported last week) a third season of comedy series Pramface.
“New British comedy is king on BBC Three, so I’m delighted to be able to announce we’ve commissioned Nick Helm’s first TV series, Uncle, and that another one of last year’s Comedy Feed pilots is going to full series in the fantastic People Just Do Nothing (w/t)” said BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett. “We are also celebrating success on Three by re-commissioning the delightful Pramface and the sublime Him & Her. To ensure we keep finding the hits of the future we are also soon showcasing our latest batch of 8 Comedy Feed pilots on BBC iPlayer.’
While Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning, added: “This wide range of shows and new talents cement BBC Three’s place as the key channel for emerging comedy stars. Nick Helm is the most exciting writer/performer I’ve seen in years and the Comedy Feeds show serious commitment to finding the next best voices and faces of British comedy.”
Full Details of BBC Three’s Comedy Commissions Follow Below:
Him & Her
BBC Three has ordered a fourth and final season of comedy series Him & Her (with this season subtitled The Wedding). Six episodes have been commissioned, for broadcast in 2014. The final season is written by Stefan Golaszew and will be entirely set during Laura’s wedding. The series is produced by Big Talk Productions and stars Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani.
As I reported last Friday, comedy series Pramface has been renewed for a six episode third season. Created by Chris Reddy, Pramface follows the daily lives of two soon-to-be teenage parents who should still be concentrating on their education. The comedy series is produced by BBC In House Comedy & Little Comet and stars Scarlett Alice Johnson, Sean Michael Verey, Anna Chancellor, Angus Deayton, Dylan Edwards and Yasmin Paige. The executive producers are Mark Freeland and Lucy Robinson.
A new comedy series created and directed by Oliver Refson which follows Andy, a dissolute out-of work musician who forges an unlikely alliance with his 11-year-old nephew after being morally blackmailed into looking after him by his chaotic sister Sam. Not a natural with either kids or responsibility, Andy tries to keep his new charge out of trouble whilst being knee deep in it himself. The comedy series is produced by Baby Cow and stars Nick Helm and Daisy Haggard.
People Just Do Nothing
After initially being piloted on BBC iPlayer last July, BBC Three has commissioned a four episode series of the mockumentary about pirate radio station Kurupt FM and its crew. People Just Do Nothing is written by Steve Stamp and Seapa Mustafa, with additional material from Asim Chaudhry, Hugo Chegwin, Lily Brazier and Ben Murray. Roughcut Television is producing, with Jon Petrie serving as producer. The executive producers are Chris Sussman and Ash Atalla.
BBC iPlayer Pilots
8 comedy pilots showcasing the new wave of up-and-coming comedy talent have been commissioned for BBC iPlayer. Details of the pilots follow below…
Bamboo – Created by Harry and Jack Williams, Bamboo follows two posh idiots who try and set up their own nightclub. The pilot is being produced by Roughcut Television and will star Totally Tom.
Kerry – Produced by Objective Productions, Kerry is a multi-character sketch show written by and starring Kerry Howard.
Fuzzbox – Produced by My Pockets., Fuzzbox is a puppet show featuring the voices of real young people.
C Bomb – Created by Rob madin, Jason Cook and Daniel Peake, this comedy follows C Bomb, the godfather of the South Yorkshire dubstep scene. Since “Rektal Dysfunction” he’s been living on former glories. All that is set to change. The pilot is being produced by BBC In House and stars YouTube’s Rob Madin.
The Cariad Show – Produced by BBC In House, The Cariad Show is a multi-character sketch show from comedian, writer and improviser Cariad Lloyd.
Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment – Produced by BBC In House, Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment is a raucous, studio based comedy show from Nick Helm.
The Committee – This comedy is set around the committee meetings of a Welsh social club. The pilot is being produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and stars Welsh comics Elis James and Chris Corcoran.
Going Native – Produced by Hat Trick Production, Going Native is a mockumentary staring Mona Yusefi who plays three different foreign women – a Russian gold digger, a Japanese internet sensation and a Middle Eastern entrepreneur – who have recently moved to the UK to start a new life.