BBC Four has picked up four new comedy series for broadcast later this year, TVWise has learned.
The four comedies to get the nod at BBC Four are Detectorists, a six episode series which hails from Mackenzie Crook and Channel X; The Walshes, a three episode series from Father Ted creator Graham Linehan; The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern, a documentary parody from Rhys Thomas and Simon Day; and (as TVWise previously reported) In And Out Of The Kitchen, a three episode series which is based on the Miles Jupp radio comedy of the same name.
“This quartet of comedy treats is testament to BBC Four’s unique legacy in bringing the audience big name comedy talents in surprising and inventive shows that follow in the footsteps of award-winning predecessors like Getting On, The Thick Of It, Twenty
Twelve and Screenwipe”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning.
Penned by Mackenzie Crook, Detectorists follows Andy (Crook), a wannabe archaeologist who, alongside his friend Lance, spends time in muddy fields with a metal detector and a packed lunch, dreaming of finding that priceless Saxon hoard that will make them rich and cement their place in detecting history. But as they go off on their adventures, real life keeps getting in the way. They embark on a journey of greed, betrayal, rejection and redemption as they hurtle towards Danbury Metal Detecting Club’s greatest ever find. The comedy series is being produced by Channel X and Lola Entertainment with Crook also attached to direct.
The Welshes is co-written by Graham Linehan and comedy troupe Diet of Worms and follows The Walshes, a warm, tight-knit family from the West Dublin suburb of Strollinstown. Tony and Carmel are parents to Ciara and Rory, who are both still at home because the state of the Irish economy has forced them all back together. The comedy series is being produced by Boom Pictures for BBC Four & RTE and stars Niall Gaffney, Philippa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connolly, Shane Langan and Owen Roe. Linehan is attached to direct and executive produce the series.
Finally, The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern is described as a “rock doc parody” which features Brian Pern (Simon Day) is an ageing rock star and former front man of ground breaking progressive rock group Thotch, fronting a major BBC documentary. The comedy is being produced by BBC In House Comedy and also stars Paul Whitehouse, Nigel Havers, Matt Lucas and Michael Kitchen. Rhys Thomas is attached to direct. The executive producer is Saurabh Kakkar.