BBC Four has handed a three-episode series order to new TV comedy In and Out of The Kitchen, which is based on the BBC Radio 4 sitcom of the same name, TVWise has confirmed.
The news of the pickup, first reported by Chortle, comes after TVWise broke the news last May that the radio sitcom was being eyed for a TV adaptation and had received a pilot order. BBC insiders have now confirmed to me that the project has been picked up for a three episode run, following that pilot. The series was commissioned by BBC Two & BBC Four Controller Janice Hadlow and the BBC’s Head of Comedy Shane Allen, with production slated to commence this Spring. Representatives of the BBC did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
Created by Miles Jupp, In and Out of the Kitchen follows the life of cookery writer Damien Trench, who lives in Queen’s Park with his partner Anthony. The radio series presented itself as entries from Damien’s diary and utilised a mixture of narrative, dialogue and recipes, through which Damien captures every angle of his day-to-day life. The TV adaptation was penned by Jupp, directed by Absolutely Fabulous & Stella helmer Mandie Fletcher and starred Miles Jupp, Justin Edwards, Brendan Dempsey, Selina Cadell, Philip Fox and Ade Oyefoso. The entire cast is expected to return for the series.
With this series order, In And Out Of The Kitchen becomes the latest radio sitcom to get a television adaptation. BBC Two recently did something similar with Count Arthur Strong, a popular radio sitcom which was adapted into a TV series penned by Father Ted creator Graham Linehan & Steve Delaney. That series failed to make much of a dent in the ratings, with the series premiere pulling in below 1 million viewers for BBC Two, but will return for a second season later this year.