EXCLUSIVE: British actor Stephen Wight (Threesome) has been cast in BBC Three’s upcoming comedy series Bluestone 42, TVWise has learned exclusively. Wight has been cast as Simon, a member of Bluestone 42, a British army bomb disposal detachment serving in Afghanistan. Wight will be joined on the series by Scottish actor Scott Hoatson (Case Histories), who was cast as Gav last month.
Bluestone 42 (pronounced bluestone four-two) is a single-camera comedy created by James Cary and Richard Hurst. The eight episode series follows a British bomb disposal detachment serving in Afghanistanand features a group of soldiers who really enjoy being soldiers. The comedy will take the audience from moments of intense action to the fractious camaraderie as the unit waits around for their next tasking. BBC In-House Comedy Productions is producing, with Michelle Farr serving as producer and Iain B. MacDonald on board as series director. Production on the series is due to commence later this year in South Africa, with BBC Three eyeing a Spring 2013 premiere.
TVWise reported back in September that BBC Three had picked up Bluestone 42 to series with an eight episode order. The BBC has yet to officially announce the pick-up and I hear that they will wait until the have the main cast in place before making an announcement, something they aim to have done by the end of October. The comedy series has been in development for the better part of two years and despite initally receiving a pilot order in 2011 (under the original titled of IED), that pilot was never shot. Instead the project bypassed the traditional pilot-to-series model with BBC Three opting to order additional scripts, before recently handing Bluestone 42 a series order.