BBC One and BBC Comedy are reviving the Comedy Playhouse Season which, in years past, was used to pilot and launch several successful and long-running comedy series including Are You Being Served? and Last Of The Summer Wine.
For the revival of the season, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen has green-lit three half-hour one-offs: Millers Mountain, about a ragtag family of Mountain Rescue volunteers; Over To Bill, about a recently fired BBC weatherman from Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor; and Monk, about a twenty-something who flees his troubles by joining a monastery.
“BBC One delivers enormous audiences for comedy and this season revival reflects our commitment in mainstream to do new and daring projects”, said Allen. “We want BBC One to fly the flag of popular British comedy and want this dedicated space to
promote tomorrow’s classic comedy today.”
Full details of the three one-offs follows below:
Millers Mountain tells the story of Jimmy and his family of Mountain Rescue volunteers. When the naïve and enthusiastic Conor reports for his first day as a volunteer, Jimmy, the shambolic old rescue hand, takes it upon himself to teach him the ‘ways of the hills’. When the actual mountain rescuing begins, things go from bad, to worse, to even worse than that. The comedy, which was written by Donald McLeary, is produced by BBC In House Comedy and stars Jimmy Chisholm, Sharon Rooney, Kevin Guthrie, David Ireland, Kath Howden, Jonathan Watson and Sheila Reid
Penned by Doug Naylor, Over To Bill tells the story of recently fired BBC Weatherman Bill Onion (Hugh Dennis) and his attempts to get back into the world of television, beginning with his attempts to schmoozed a Channel 4 executive. Over To Bill is produced by Baby Cow Productions & Three Feet Productions and in addition to Hugh Dennis stars Neil Morrissey Tracy-Ann Oberman and Helen George. The executive producers are Doug and Robert Naylor.
Monks follows Gary Woodcroft, who is in his late 20s and finds himself facing prosecution due to his dodgy benefits. Faced with the real prospect of prison, he decides to do what anyone would – run away and hide in his local monastery. Turns out escaping being banged up by becoming a monk wasn’t the easy option. The comedy was written by Danny Robins and stars James Fleet, Mark Heap, Justin Edwards, Fergus Craig and Seann Walsh.