After piloting the project as part of their Comedy Playhouse strand this past December, BBC One has picked up King Gary to series with a six episode order. Production on the first season gets underway this weekend ahead of a 2020 premiere.
King Gary follows Gary King and love-of-his life, Terri as they bowl through family-life in suburbia. Gary’s quest to impress the neighbours and fill dad, Big Gary’s big shoes, might be more successful if he wasn’t such a drama-queen but there’s always a lot of love around in Butterchurn Crescent.
The comedy series, which was created by Tom Davis and James De Frond, is produced by Shiny Button and stars Tom Davis, Laura Checkley, Simon Day, Camille Coduri, Laura Checkley, Neil Maskell, Romesh Ranganathan, Dustin Demri-Burns, Lisa McGrillis, Mim Shaikh and Emma Sidi. Rupert Majendie is the series producer, while co-creator James De Frond is directing. The executive producers are Andy Brereton, Tom Davis and James De Frond.
“King Gary is big on laughs, big on heart and big on talent. Landing a mainstream family sitcom with a modern tone is a tough nut to crack but these scripts are bursting with great lines and well-earned set pieces”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen, who commissioned the series. “We look forward to Gary and Terri bringing cheer to a year of bafflement.”
While series co-creator and star Tom Davis added: “James and I are honoured to be given the opportunity to bring the world we’ve grown up around to BBC One. We were both blown away with the tip top response to the pilot and can’t wait to get cracking with the series. We love writing these characters and it’s going to be an absolute joy to muck about in their world.”