BBC One has ordered The Goes Wrong Show, a six episode TV adaptation of Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong. The series order comes after the BBC previously commissioned and aired TV adaptations of Mischief’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong.
The Goes Wrong Show follows The Cornley Drama Society undertaking another ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde. Six brand new, hand-crafted, half hours of theatrical catastrophe include the gripping courtroom drama ‘A Trial to Watch’ and World War II spy thriller ‘The Pilot’. The Goes Wrong Show is simply Mischief’s biggest disaster yet.
The series will be written by and star founding Mischief Theatre members; Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask. The Goes Wrong Show is being produced by Mischief Screen and Big Talk Productions, with Lionsgate handling international sales. YTD HK will represent the series in China. The Executive Producers are Hilary Strong, Kenny Wax, Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar and Matthew Justice. Production is set to get underway in Manchester in March.
“Ever since we first began to make things go wrong all the way back in 2012 it has been a dream of ours to bring a series based on this joyful brand of humour to the screen and so when the BBC commissioned The Goes Wrong Show it was a dream come true”, said Henry Lewis, co-writer and co-founder of Mischief Theatre. “We’re so grateful for this incredible opportunity and we can’t wait to get started on making some truly terrible programmes. We are still very short on equipment – if you have a camcorder we can borrow (in any condition) please do fax us.”
“The two Christmas specials we’ve backed showed a huge audience appetite for this ensemble’s superbly inventive brand of family friendly comedy”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Shane Allen, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Director of Content and the BBC’s Comedy Commissioning Editor for Kate Daughton. “BBC One has a unique role for viewers as the country’s sole provider of mainstream British comedy and it’s particularly gratifying to also be the only UK broadcaster still flying the flag for the studio sitcom with these fast rising stars.”
While Kenton Allen, Executive Producer and CEO of Big Talk Productions, added: “Everyone at Big Talk Towers have been huge fans of the brilliant comic inventiveness of Henry, Jonathan, Henry and Team Mischief for a very long time, so we are delighted to help them make an entire BBC television series go wrong. The scripts are truly terrible and we haven’t got a clue what we’re doing, so what’s the worst that can happen?”