CBBC Greenlights Comedy Sketch Show
A new comedy sketch show has been commissioned by CBBC
from Citrus Television
, the co-creative team behind the channel’s Horrible Histories.
The as yet untitled 13x28-minute children’s show is to be a ‘physical’ comedy covering love of sport, hatred of sport, fitness and unfitness, bodily perfection and embarrassing bodies.
TXing in 2013, it will feature a mix of traditional sketches and mischievous silent comedy involving mime artists, clowning experts, jugglers and acrobats.
An ensemble cast will include Tony Paul Way (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Game Of Thrones), Aisling Bea (Dead Boss, Cardinal Burns) and Marie Beeput (White Van Man, Peepshow) while guest star Peter Serafinowicz will appear in one sketch per episode as Brian Butterfield, the overweight businessman originally created for his BBC Two series.
The show will be directed by Dominic Brigstocke
and Al Campbell, produced by James Serafinowicz and series produced by Caroline Norris and Giles Pilbrow. Writers include Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris (Mitchell And Webb), Nat Saunders and Chris Hayward (Cardinal Burns), George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore (Pete Versus Life) and Madeleine Brettingham (TV Burp).
Commenting, Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Children’s, said: “This brand new commission has incredibly strong creative values and the team’s comedy credentials speak for themselves. We’re looking forward to building on CBBC’s success in producing some of the most original and high quality comedies on UK television.”