Sky Atlantic has handed out a six episode series order to Sick Note, a comedy about a man misdiagnosed with cancer, from Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz, TVWise has learned. Rupert Grint (Harry Potter feature film series), Nick Frost (Mr Sloane) and Don Johnson (Blood & Oil) are attached to star.
“We’re delighted to welcome the stellar cast of Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Don Johnson to Sky Atlantic in this smart new original comedy”, said Sky Atlantic Director Zai Bennett. “They join a high end stable of US hits like Veep and Silicon Valley alongside great original comedy from the likes of Julia Davis and Steve Coogan.”
Sick Note tells the story of Daniel Glass, a compulsive liar, who’s stuck in a failing relationship and a dead end job, who is suddenly diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Daniel finds his life improving, however, as everyone in his life is starting to treat him better following the news of his diagnosis. It is then that he learns he was misdiagnosed by his doctor, leaving him the option of returning to his old life or pretend to be ill. Things soon spiral out of control and Daniel and his doctor have to spend their waking lives trying to prevent the truth from getting out.
In what is his first major role since starring in the burned CBS pilot Super Clyde in 2013, Rupert Grint leads the cast as Daniel Glass. Golden Globe winner Don Johnson stars as Kenny West, Daniel’s irrepressible boss at his dead-end day job; while Nick Frost, who previously toplined Sky Atlantic’s short-lived comedy series Mr Sloane in 2014, plays Doctor Ian Glennis, the most incompetent oncologist on Earth.
Eyed for a 2017 premiere, Sick Note was created by Nat Saunders & James Serafinowicz and is set up at King Bert Productions – the indie launched in 2014 by Miranda Hart, David Walliams and Jo Sargent. The six episode comedy was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Comedy Jon Mountague. Sarah Fraser is the series producer, while veteran comedy producer and King Bert MD Jo Sargent will executive produce. Upstart Crow and Big School helmer Matt Lipsey is attached to direct.