Channel 4 Orders Trio Of Comedy Pilots

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Channel 4 has given the green-light to three new broadcast comedy pilots: Flack, a comedy about a PR which hails from Hat Trick Productions and will star Sheridan Smith; Catastrophe, a romantic comedy from Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan; and, a family sitcom from David Baddiel. Production on all three pilots is set commence in the coming weeks, with Channel 4 eyeing 2014 premieres.

“The latest batch of pilots spring from a set of witty, clever, knowing scripts that reflect the complexity of modern life”, said Channel 4’s Head of Comedy Phil Clarke. “Flack deals with the world of work;, family; and Catastrophe maintaining a relationship. They represent a strand of comedy that I would like to expand on the channel.”

Penned by Oliver Lansley, Flack is about a modern woman (Sheridan Smith) trying to keep her life on track whilst dealing with the funny and chaotic lives of her PR clients. Hat Trick Productions is producing the pilot with Mark Talbot serving as the producer. Adam Miller is attached to direct.

Created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe is a single camera comedy about an Irish woman and an American man who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London. Man Down producers Avalon Productions are producing the comedy pilot. is another single camera comedy which hails from David Baddiel and explores how the internet has changed the every day life of a family. Described as a traditional family sitcom, the comedy is being produced by Avalon Productions. Creator David Baddiel will also direct.