After piloting the project last year as part of the Comedy Feed initiative, BBC Three has picked up Tom Rosenthal and Naz Osmanoglu’s comedy project Flat TV to series with a four episode order.
Flat TV is a double-act sitcom in which two flatmates battle against the realities of living together by imagining their lives through the prism of television. Wary of the outside world and the responsibilities it entails, Tom and Naz choose instead to escape into a dream world where ordinary events play out through their favourite TV formats.
Alan Partridge helmer Declan Lowney is set as showrunner on the series, which is being produced in-house by BBC Comedy Production. In addition to starring, Rosenthal and Osmanoglu created the series and will pen the scripts. James Farrell (Mrs Brown’s Boys) is set as the series producer, while Stephen McCrum (Bluestone 42) will serve as the executive producer.
“The inventive flights of fancy device at the heart of this reminds me of the extra layer of comedy that Peep Show brought”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “By being able to tell a story and lampoon all genres of television it’s a clever and original narrative and sketch show hybrid.”
“We’re delighted to be working with Tom and Naz – sadly dysfunctional human beings that play out their sorry lives through the lens of popular culture, naturally with hilarious consequences”, added Myfanwy Moore, Controller of BBC Comedy Production.