Popular Twitter feed Very British Problems (@SoVeryBritish) is set to become a TV show.
Independent production company Alaska TV has optioned the rights and are developing a comedy series based on the feed. This is the latest exploitation of Very British Problems, which has also been turned into a book (pictured), titled Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward For Ourselves One Rainy Day At A Time.
The Twitter feed was created by freelance journalist Rob Temple and mocks everyday British life with such posts as “Missing the opportunity to correct someone, meaning you now have a brand new first name”. Very British Problems has nearly 900K followers, including Ricky Gervais, Matt Lucas and Stephen Fry.
“It’s one of the most consistently funny Twitter feeds with nearly a million followers, who we want to keep, and countless celebrity fans”, said Alaska TV’s Ian Lamarra. “It clearly has universal appeal and crucially it captures the minds of the socially media savvy.”
Rob Temple will work closely with Alaska’s team to develop the series, before it is pitched to any potential buyers. “Expect unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in weather and queuing, and lashings of awkwardness”, he said.
Adapting a Twitter feed into a TV series is not always an easy proposition. CBS and Warner Brothers attempted to do the same in 2010-2011 with the Twitter feed ‘Shit My Dad Says’, which like Very British Problems also had a book deal. While that series did make it to air with William Shatner as the lead, it was cancelled after one 18 episode season.