UKTV’s Dave is adding a new comedy to its line up. The channel has given the green-light to a new six episode comedy series titled Crackanory, which hails from Tiger Aspect Productions and will feature such comedy talent as Harry Enfield and Jack Dee. The series is expected to air on Dave later this year alongside original commissions Ross Noble Freewheeling and Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish.
Described as a “a satirical and twisted grown-up spin on story time”, Crackanory will contain two tales, each punctuated with a mixture of narrated live action and animation. Penned by some of comedy’s most imaginative writers (such as Jeremy Dyson, Nico Tatarowicz, Holly Walsh, Jason Cook and Kevin Eldon), the stories will be performed by celebrities who let their dark, comedic minds run wild and put their own enchanting spin on storytelling. Harry Enfield, Jack Dee, Sally Phillips and Richard Hammond are amongst those taking part in the series, with UKTV saying that further talent would be confirmed in the future. Tiger Aspect Productions are producing, with Ben Cavey and Andy Brereton serving as executive producers.
“The art of storytelling is far from dead; in fact Dave’s bringing it back bigger and better”, said Steve North, General Manager of Dave. “Crackanory gives it a brand new, contemporary twist, in what could be described as an ingenious adult adaptation of well-loved children’s programme Jackanory. Weird and wonderful tales delivered by the funniest people on television: Dave viewers are sure to find this a delicious combination”
While UKTV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Sarah Fraser added: “I was excited by this bold premise, blending live action and animation to tell these wonderful new stories. It is testament that the idea is a good one in that Tiger Aspect have secured such great names to appear in a first series. Commissioned exclusively for Dave, Crackanory is an exciting addition to our growing slate of original, unusual and talent-led content.”