BBC One has greenlit Scarborough, a new comedy series from Benidorm creator Derren Litten; and handed out a pilot order to ‘king Gary, a “working-class” sitcom from the team behind Murder In Successville.
Both shows were announced today by the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “These two new shows highlight BBC One’s continued commitment to breaking new comedy on the channel”, she said. “Both are real gems; Scarborough, from sitcom writing heavyweight Derren Litten and ‘king Gary’s writer performer Tom Davis pens a mainstream sitcom with tons of heart.”
While Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, added: “Its a real coup to have someone of Derren’s great experience land a broad sitcom with a Northern comedy heart to it, it’ll do Scarborough very proud. With ‘king Gary we also get a big daft southern comedy voice in Tom Davis at the centre of a very exciting cast. The Comedy Playhouse strand has been really prolific in launching series with the very best of emerging UK comedy talent.”
Created by Derren Litten, Scarborough follows the lives and loves of a small handful of residents in Scarborough, the sometime sunny beach resort in North Yorkshire, who meet most nights in the local karaoke bar where they swap gossip and sing 80’s classics. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season. It is being produced by BBC Studios and will feature an ensemble cast. Production is set to get underway next summer. The executive producers are Chris Sussman and Stephen McCrum for BBC Studios.
‘king Gary follows childhood sweethearts Gary and Terri King, a husband and wife comedy double act, and their aspirations to achieve social acceptance and moderate material success in competitive suburbia. This, accompanied by drama queen Gary’s constant need to impress his prehistoric old school Dad, Big Gary, and attempt to fill his big boots, equals a massive ‘try hard’ douchebag. This is a big comedy about life’s small and often petty dramas.
The project, which is being penned by Tom Davis and James De Frond, is being piloted as part of BBC One’s Comedy Playhouse series. In addition to writing, Davis will also star. Button Productions are producing. Rupert Majendie is the producer. Andy Brereton, Tom Davis and James De Frond are the executive producers. The pilot was commissioned by Shane Allen.