BBC Two has handed out a six episode series order to an as-yet untitled comedy series from Sara Pascoe (Sara Pascoe Live: LadsLadsLads, Travelling Blind, W1A). Per the BBC, the series will subvert the tradition sitcom format and blend eccentric characters, surreal moments and factual insight.
The series will follow Sara Pascoe, who doesn’t know why everyone else in the world is pairing up and having babies and so sets out on a mission to understand them. She tries to prove that romantic love is mere chemicals and conditioning and doesn’t deserve our respect. This conflicts a little with preparations for her sister’s wedding, and her best friend’s first pregnancy.
It was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen. The untitled series is set up as a Stolen Picture and Sara Pascoe co-production. Catherine Gosling Fuller is the series producer. The executive producers are Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Miles Ketley for Stolen Picture and Sara Pascoe. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Kate Daughton. Sony Pictures Television will handle global sales.
Notably, the series is something a natural progression from short-film Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy, which she began with the bold statement that she “doesn’t think human beings are meant to be monogamous”. “I’m obsessed with family dynamics, sex, hope and the reasons underlying why humans behave as we do”, Sara Pascoe said in a statement. “My new series gives me a chance to explore all of these things in a funny, silly way, buoyed up by the research I’ve done for my two books.”