Today, the BBC’s director of comedy commissioning Shane Allen, announced a raft of new shows across all four of the BBC’s channels.
The troupe behind Horrible Histories are coming to BBC One for the first time with Ghosts; which focuses on a group of ghouls who haunt a derelict house which is given new life when its inherited by a young couple. When the couple plan to turn the house into a hotel, the ghosts fight back resulting in both parties realising they’re living in a terrifying house share. Directed by Tom Kingsley, the show is written by and stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
Elsewhere, Sir Trevor McDonald will present a special programme celebrating Lenny Henry‘s sixtieth birthday. The show will focus on Lenny’s comedy career that stretches back forty-three years with some of his most infamous clips shown throughout the programme. Additionally, they’ll be some new sketches performed with a variety of special guests.
Over on BBC Two, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are providing another treat for audiences by participating in a live episode of Inside No. 9 on Halloween night. Meanwhile, Motherland returns with more problems for Anna Maxwell Martin’s Julia as the new school term begins.
Meanwhile, BBC Three will present Back to Life; a six-part sitcom co-written by and starring Daisy Haggard as a woman who committed a terrible crime and has spent the last decade in prison. Although she hopes to move on with her life, the fact that her crime is the most exciting thing that has happened in her small town means that she won’t forget what happened in a hurry. Allen has also announced a second series of Pls Like as well as a new batch of Comedy Slices.
Finally, on BBC Four there will be a new six-part comedy There She Goes starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes as the parents of Rosie; a severely learning-disabled nine-year-old girl. Creator Shaun Pye has based the series on his own experiences of having a daughter who was born with a chromosomal disorder whilst each episode is set to shine a light on Rosie’s day-to-day life.