BBC Three is moving forward with Murder in Successville.
After initially piloting the project last May, BBC Three has handed a six episode series order to Murder In Successville, a new format starring Tom Davis which is described as being a “hybrid comedy, entertainment and murder mystery series”.
From Endemol’s Tiger Aspect Productions, the series is set in Successville, a fictional town brimming with celebrities. Unfortunately, it is also a surreal place that has a high incidence of celebrity homicide. In each episode, Detective Inspector Sleet (Tom Davis) must close the latest murder case, with the assistance of a real celebrity guest sidekick.
The “celebrities” featured as residents of Successville, such as Harry Styles and Simon Cowell, will be played by a range of actors including Tom Stourton, Frances Barber, Cariad Lloyd, Tony Way, Gemma Whelan and Jenny Bede. While the real life celebrity sidekicks lined up to aid Detective Inspector Sleet include Dermot O’Leary, Louis Smith, Jamie Laing and Greg James.
“It’s been great to bring the town of Successville to life in a new kind of comedy entertainment show”, said Tiger Aspect’s Head of Entertainment Andy Brereton. “A world where Harry Styles can run a mafia gang and Mary Berry is the owner of a strip club. All under the watchful eye of DI Sleet, a new detective who is just like Sherlock, except he doesn’t have the good looks, has an odour problem and can’t solve any crimes”.
“Murder in Successville manages to reinvent three genres of TV – part sitcom, part improv show and with a cop show style murder to solve along the way…all this and we haven’t even started on Tom Davis’ hilarious lead character DI Sleet! This promises to be unlike anything the audience will have seen before”, added BBC Three Commissioning Editor Ed Sleeman, who serves as an executive producer alongside Andy Brereton.