Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, and Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, have commissioned a raft of comedies for BBC Three.
These include a brand new series from Baby Cow starring Nick Helm as the world’s most irresponsible uncle, a 4×30-minute series of the mockumentary piloted on BBC iPlayer last year called People Just Do Nothing (w/t), alongside re-commissions of established favourites Him & Her and the heart-warming Pramface.
Eight new online pilots have also been commissioned which will be available on BBC iPlayer.
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, says: ‘New British comedy is king on BBC Three, so I’m delighted to be able to announce we’ve commissioned Nick Helm’s first TV series, Uncle, and that another one of last year’s Comedy Feed pilots is going to full series in the fantastic People Just Do Nothing (w/t).
“We are also celebrating success on Three by re-commissioning the delightful Pramface and the sublime Him & Her. To ensure we keep finding the hits of the future we are also soon showcasing our latest batch of 8 Comedy Feed pilots on BBC iPlayer.’
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, says: “This wide range of shows and new talents cement BBC Three’s place as the key channel for emerging comedy stars. Nick Helm is the most exciting writer/performer I’ve seen in years and the Comedy Feeds show serious commitment to finding the next best voices and faces of British comedy.”
Uncle stars stand-up comedian and singer/songwriter Nick Helm as Andy, a dissolute out-of work musician who forges an unlikely alliance with his 11-year-old nephew after being morally blackmailed into looking after him by his chaotic sister Sam (Daisy Haggard). Not a natural with either kids or responsibility, Andy tries to keep his new charge out of trouble whilst being knee deep in it himself. The series is written and directed by Oliver Refson and produced by Baby Cow.
People Just Do Nothing (w/t)
A mockumentary about pirate radio station Kurupt FM and its crew. People Just Do Nothing (w/t) started life as a one-off web exclusive pilot last year as part of the launch of Feed My Funny and was the most shared programme on iPlayer during the month of July 2012. It has now been commissioned as a 4×30-minute series for BBC Three. Written by Steve Stamp and Seapa Mustafa, with additional material by Asim Chaudhry, Hugo Chegwin, Lily Brazier and Ben Murray. The series will be made by Roughcut Television, produced by Jon Petrie and executive produced by Ash Atalla for Roughcut and Chris Sussman for the BBC.
This heart-warming comedy following the fortunes of two unlikely young parents returns for a third series starring Scarlett Alice Johnson and Sean Michael Verey. Jamie and Laura are now in a relationship and it’s anything but happy families. Produced by BBC In-House comedy with Little Comet. Executive produced by Lucy Robinson and Mark Freeland. Written by Chris Reddy.
Him & Her: The Wedding
The anti-romantic comedy starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani returns for a new series which will be entirely set during Laura’s wedding. It will be the last series. Written by Stefan Golaszewski, 6×30-minute from Big Talk productions.
A series of eight comedy pilots showcasing the new wave of up-and-coming comedy talent, commissioned for BBC iPlayer:
Bamboo – Two posh idiots try and set up their own nightclub. Starring Totally Tom. Written by Harry and Jack Williams. Produced by Roughcut.
Kerry – Multi-character sketch show written by and starring Kerry Howard. Produced by Objective.
Fuzzbox – A puppet show featuring the voices of real young people. Produced by My Pockets.
C Bomb – C Bomb is the godfather of the South Yorkshire dubstep scene. Since “Rektal Dysfunction” he’s been living on former glories. All that is set to change. Starring You Tube’s Rob Madin and written by Rob, Jason Cook and Daniel Peake. From BBC In-House comedy.
The Cariad Show – A multi-character sketch show from comedian, writer and improviser Cariad Lloyd. From BBC In-House comedy.
Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment – Raucous, studio based comedy show from the star of BBC Three’s Live At The Electric, Nick Helm. From BBC In-House comedy.
The Committee – starring Welsh comics Elis James and Chris Corcoran. We enter the committee meeting of a Welsh social club. Produced by Tiger Aspect. BBC Commissioning Executive is Kristian Smith.
Going Native – mock documentary staring Mona Yusefi who plays three different foreign women – a Russian gold digger, a Japanese internet sensation and a Middle Eastern entrepreneur – who have recently moved to the UK to start a new life. Produced by Hat Trick. BBC Commissioning Executive is Sean Hancock.