Boom Town: New Comedy For BBC Three

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Zai Bennett, Controller BBC Three and Karl Warner, Executive Editor Entertainment, have commissioned a new comedy called Boom Town.

Produced by Knickerbockerglory TV, Boom Town is a 30-minute pilot sketch show featuring real people. The Beeb says: “Using the conventions of a glossy sketch show, Boom Town will see real people cast in what will be a first for the sketch show genre. Whilst the place itself, Boom Town, will be entirely fictional, the people are real life characters and will appear to live there as a community. Fake road signs and carefully selected geography shots will all help create this illusion. Cast from all over the country, the characters will have their own catchphrases, eccentricities and larger than life personalities, none of which will be scripted for them.”

Jonathan Stadlen, exec producer for Knickerbockerglory, added: "Using real people to create a documentary sketch show is a unique challenge from a genre point of view, but we are all really excited about working on such a radical departure. Boom Town will be exec. produced by Warner and Stadlen. Hannah Springham directs.