EXCLUSIVE: The BBC is trying its hand at adapting one of its radio sitcoms for television. I’ve learned that the BBC has given the green-light for a television adaptation of BBC Radio 4’s In and Out of the Kitchen, which has aired two series since November 2011. I’m hearing rumblings that the pilot is under consideration for a slot on BBC Two, but I’ve been unable to confirm that.
Created by Miles Jupp, In and Out of the Kitchen follows the life of cookery writer Damien Trench, who lives in Queen’s Park with his partner Anthony. The radio series presented itself as entries from Damien’s diary and utilised a mixture of narrative, dialogue and recipes, through which Damien captures every angle of his day-to-day life. The TV adaptation was penned by Jupp and I’m told that the pilot episode recently completed filming and is now being considered by BBC executives. I hear that the half-hour pilot was directed by Absolutely Fabulous & Stella helmer Mandie Fletcher. In and Out of the Kitchen was produced by BBC In-House Comedy and starred Miles Jupp, Justin Edwards, Brendan Dempsey, Selina Cadell, Philip Fox and Ade Oyefoso. Mark Freeland is the executive producer.
This is not the first time that the BBC has turned to an established radio sitcom when looking for a new television comedy. BBC Two previously did the same with Count Arthur Strong, a popular radio series which has been adapted for television by Graham Linehan and is being produced by Retort and Komedia Entertainment as a six episode comedy series.