EXCLUSIVE: It was back in December 2012 that TVWise broke the news that UKTV’s Dave channel had given the green-light to a half-hour comedy pilot titled Undercover. Since then things have been largely quiet, but I now hear that the pilot, which hailed from Bonafide Films, Baby Cow Productions and a writing team consisting of Sacha Alexander, Simon Dean and Andy Milligan, wrapped principal photography several months ago and is set to air on Dave later this year.
UKTV has thus far been quiet on the project (as have most of my sources) but I’ve now learned that Daniel Rigby, who is currently filming a major role on BBC One’s Big School, was cast as the lead character in Undercover. He was joined (as TVWise previously reported) by Jim Howick (Peep Show) & Bernice Stegers (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) and I also understand that co-creator Sacha Alexander also filmed a role on the pilot, with numerous others including Jose Pecino appearing in guest roles.
Created by Sacha Alexander, Simon Dean and Andy Milligan, Undercover has been described by my sources as a spoof in the same vein as Police Squad. The pilot follows Chris (Daniel Rigby), an undercover police officer who infiltrates an Armenian crime family. The only problem is that Chris is way out of his depth. He has to complete his assignment and bring down this crime family under the watch of his handler Zoe. But then again, Chris is starting to enjoy being a part of the family, especially given the new found powers they bring him. Undercover was produced by Bonafide Films and Baby Cow Productions, with Margery Bone serving as the producer and Henry Normal serving as the executive producer. Switch helmer Tom Marshall directed the pilot.