EXCLUSIVE: ITV2 is moving forward with an adaptation of an Australian series for their next comedy project. I’ve learned that the commercial broadcaster has handed out a pilot order to Laid, an adaptation of the Australian comedy of the same name which hails from Jonathan Harvey and STV Productions.
The original series Laid was produced for Australian network ABC and aired two seasons between 2011-2012. The series followed 30 year old Roo McVie who, when her ex-boyfriends start dying under mysterious circumstances, sets out to find out what is causing these deaths and ultimately stop them before a similar fate befalls her.
The UK version is being produced by STV Productions, with Great Night Out scribe Jonathan Harvey having penned the script. The half-hour pilot was commissioned by Angela Jain, ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions. I’ve also learned that veteran comedy director Ian Fitzgibbon is attached to helm the pilot, which is being toplined by Doc Martin alum Jessica Ransom. Ben Bailey Smith (Law & Order: UK), Jessica Knappett (Drfiters) and John Dagleish (Truckers) also star.
The pilot order for Laid comes after ITV announced that ITV2 would have a greater focus on scripted and entertainment formats now that the channel’s reality output, such as The Only Way Is Essex and the Real Housewives franchise, is set to move to newly announced free-to-air channel ITVBe. It also comes more than two months after word first leaked out that an adaptation of Laid was in development at ITV2.