UKTV’s Gold channel is adding to their burgeoning slate of original scripted comedies with a green-light for Murder On The Blackpool Express, a two-part comedic murder mystery set on a guided tour coach trip to Blackpool, from Hebburn scribe Jason Cook.
Murder On The Blackpool Express follows Terry, the despondent driver of the coach who’s stuck in a rut. He has no goal or passions, apart from an unrequited love interest in tour organiser, Gemma. But everything changes when an OAP dies under suspicious circumstances and Terry suspects something sinister is afoot. Soon the number of passengers has seriously dwindled and Terry feels compelled to solve the mystery and save Gemma’s business; hopefully winning her love in the process.
Cook created the project – which is described as a mixture of comedy and classic murder mystery – and penned the scripts for the two-parter, which is set up at Mount Pleasant, Boy Meets Girl and Bad Education indie Tiger Aspect Productions. Murder On The Blackpool Express was ordered by Gold General Manager Steve North and UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and commissioned by UKTV’s Senior Commissioning Editor Hilary Rosen. The executive producers are Hilary Rosen and Tanya Qureshi for UKTV and Andy Brereton for Tiger Aspect.
“We are delighted to be working with both Jason Cook, who has delivered a highly entertaining script, and Tiger Aspect, after the huge success of the award-winning Crackanory on Dave”, said UKTV’s Senior Commissioning Editor Hilary Rosen. “Murder on The Blackpool Express provides a delicious twist to the murder mystery genre and shows our continued ambition to grow scripted comedy on Gold through a range of different durations and voices.”
The green-light for this two-part comedy murder-mystery comes off the back of a major investment in scripted comedy on Gold. That drive started way back in 2014, when they committed to commission at least five original scripted comedies. Some of their more successful efforts as part of this drive have included The Rebel, a three part comedy starring Simon Callow; and Marley’s Ghost, which recently returned for a six episode second season after the first season broke ratings records to became the second highest rated show on Gold in 2015.
“With a raft of comic characters, large set pieces and a thrilling whodunnit twist, Murder on The Blackpool Express will provide an ambitious and truly unique offering for the Gold audience”, added Gold General Manager Steve North. “Following an overwhelmingly positive response from viewers to new scripted comedies such as Marley’s Ghosts and The Rebel, we’re delighted to be announcing another cracking piece of brand-defining comedy for the channel.”