Channel 4 is moving forward with Flowers. The broadcaster has handed out a six episode series order to the comedy starring Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Julian Barratt (Treasure Island) after piloting the project late last year.
Flowers follows an eccentric family struggling to hold themselves together. Children’s author Maurice (Julian Barratt) and music teacher Deborah (Olivia Colman) are barely together but yet to divorce. They live with Maurice’s mother, Hattie, and their twenty five year old twins Amy and Donald in a creaky, messy, crumbling old house. Daniel Rigby (Undercover), Leila Hoffman (Bad Education), Sophia di Martino (Mount Pleasant) also star.
The comedy series was created by Black Pond scribe Will Sharpe, who is penning all six scripts and will also star in the series as Japanese illustrator Shun. Kudos Film & TV – the Endemol Shine Group owned indie whose long list of iconic productions include Spooks, Life On Mars and Broadchurch – are producing in association with NBCU’s new comedy focused subscription VOD platform. Kudos’ Naomi de Pear, who helped develop the series, will serve as the series producer; while Kudos joint-CEO Diederick Santer will executive produce.
“I feel very lucky to be making this show with Kudos and Channel 4. They have been unfailingly supportive and have pushed me to make bold decisions on a show that seeks both to celebrate and to challenge the traditional sitcom format”, said Sharpe. “This is a comedy about people who are struggling and the situations that can arise when you refuse to admit that there are problems. Our aim is not to make light of the darkness, but to find the light within it.”
“Flowers is the kind of deliciously dark comedy we love at Channel 4. The word dysfunctional doesn’t even come close to describing quite how brilliantly peculiar the Flowers family are”, commented Channel 4’s Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans. “Will Sharpe’s genius coupled with an amazing cast has led us to an unbelievably original piece and we are delighted to have it on the channel.”
While series producer Naomi de Pear added: ‘Flowers has an other-worldly quality to it, even though it’s about real characters and real emotions. I couldn’t be happier that Will brought this dark, hilarious and emotional vision through our doors and it’s been such a joy to develop and see it come to life with our extraordinary cast.”