Channel 4 has handed out a not-for-broadcast pilot order to Flowers, a new comedy from Black Pond scribe Will Sharpe starring Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Julian Barratt (Treasure Island).
Flowers follows an eccentric family struggling to hold themselves together. Children’s author Maurice (Julian Barratt) and music teacher Deborah (Olivia Colman) are barely together but yet to divorce. They live with Maurice’s mother, Hattie, and their twenty five year old twins Amy and Donald in a creaky, messy, crumbling old house.
The pilot, which just recently wrapped production, hails from Kudos Film & TV, the Shine owned indie whose long list of iconic productions include Spooks, Life On Mars and Broadchurch. In addition to penning the script, Sharpe also directed the half-hour pilot. It is presently unclear if the comedy will move forward, but Channel 4 executives are said to be hopeful that the project will go to series.
Speaking to The Guardian, Channel 4’s Head of Comedy Phil Clarke said: “It is really dark, funny and challenging – everything a Channel 4 family sitcom should be. It’s possibly the most dysfunctional family you will ever come across and yet somehow they still manage to function as a family. The humour is very dark but at times it’s really broad as well. It’s a very original piece – I don’t think there’s anything like it anywhere else.”