BBC Four have announced that they will be airing four new comedies over the next year.
First up is Dectorists; a six part series written and directed by Mackenzie Crook who also stars as wannabe archaeologist Andy. Andy and his friend Lance often spend time in muddy fields with a metal detector and a packed lunch, dreaming of finding that priceless Saxon hoard that will make them rich and cement their place in detecting history.
But as they go off on their adventures, real life keeps getting in the way. They embark on a journey of greed, betrayal, rejection and redemption as they hurtle towards Danbury Metal Detecting Club’s greatest ever find.
The Walshes is a three-part series co-written by Graham Linehan and the comedy troupe Diet of Worms who also star in the lead roles. The titular family are warm, tight-knit group from the West Dublin suburb of Strollinstown. Parents Tony and Carmel are parents to Ciara and Rory, who are both still at home because the state of the Irish economy has forced them all back together.
Even Ciara’s new boyfriend Graham is forced to move in and family friend Martin always seems to be hanging around mending bits and pieces, as well as accidentally becoming trapped in the wall cavity.
The Life of Rock with Brian Penn stars Simon Day as an ageing rock star and frontman of a prog rock group Thotch. Like many artists of his age, rather than make new music, he spends more time trying to save the planet (including his campaign to teach gorillas how to Skype).
The programme is a three-part mockumentary of the history of rock, fronted by Penn in which he chronicles the genre from prehistoric man to the present day. Paul Whitehouse and Nigel Havers co-star as Penn’s bandmates who reminisce about their heyday and beyond.
Other stars who appear across the series include Matt Lucas, Michael Kitchen, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and David Baddiel. In addition some faces from the world of music play themselves such as Jools Holland, David Arnold and Rick Wakeman.
Finally, there’s In And Out Of The Kitchen a three-part comedy created by and starring Miles Jupp as cookery writer Damien Trench. Each episode follows a few days in the life of Damien and his partner Anthony as well as their seemingly ever-present builders and Damien’s terrifying agent Ian. However, despite his best efforts, while Damien’s recipes always go to plan, his life never does.
All four of the above sitcoms are due to air on BBC4 sometime in the next year.