A gaggle of returning comedies for 2016..
We recently took a look at some of the returning dramas that are heading into production next year, and now it’s the turn of comedies.
Below you will find a rundown of some of the small-screen projects aiming to get us laughing for the second, third, fourth and fifth times around…
Car Share 2
Peter Kay’s Car Share was an immediate hit when it premiered on BBC iPlayer – becoming the most watched series to be released as a box set - before transferring to BBC One. Written by Kay and co-star Sian Gibson, the premise could not have been simpler: two supermarket colleagues in a car share commuting scheme. By turn funny and touching, the show was filmed largely in and around Greater Manchester. Make sure you’re following the project on PI as we hope to return with more news over the next couple of months.
Cradle to Grave 2
Danny Baker and Jeff Pope crafted this eight-episode comedy from Baker’s memoirs, Going to Sea in a Sieve, about his formative teenage years growing up in 1970s south London. Sandy Johnson directed the run, which was produced by ITV Studios for BBC One. We will bring you more news on PI as specifics are verified re Series 2.
Nick Helm and Elliot Speller-Gillot are set to return as out-of-work musician Andy and his nephew Errol in the third run of Uncle, a 7 x 30 for BBC Three. The gentle relationship comedy is made by Baby Cow and will be produced once again by Alison MacPhail, who said of the recommission: “It really is as much fun as it looks working on this show, and we are delighted to have a third series commissioned.” The show is written by Oliver Refson, who also directs, and Lilah Vanderburgh.
Pre-production is underway on the third series of Yonderland, the fantasy puppet sitcom from Working Title Television for Sky 1. Martha Howe-Douglas stars as a bored suburban mum who finds herself transported to Yonderland, a magical land full of elves and wizards. The show is created, written by and stars the team behind the hugely successful Horrible Histories series. Filming dates are listed on PI along with the names of the line producer and casting director.
People Just Do Nothing 3
People Just Do Nothing first aired on BBC Three in July 2014. Set at drum-and-bass pirate radio station Kurupt FM in Brentford, the comedy started out as a YouTube series before being commissioned for BBC Three. It is written by Allan Mustafa, Steve Stamp, Asim Chaudry and Hugo Chegwin, who star as MC Grindah, Steves Green, Chabuddy G and DJ Beats respectively. Makers Roughcut have also been commissioned for a fourth run, announced at the same time as Series 3. We will follow the entry up in 2016.
Friday Night Dinner 4
Robert Popper’s secular take on the traditional Shabbat dinner has been airing on Channel 4 since February 2011. Starring Tamsin Greig as matriarch Jackie Goodman and Paul Ritter as her husband Martin, the comedy is set for the most part within the family home. Popper also produces; on PI you can find details of the line producer and shoot dates. Filming on the Big Talk Productions show will once again take place in north London.
A fifth series of the transatlantic Hollywood insider comedy is in the pipeline, with shooting set for spring. The show is packed full of knowing references to the LA studio system, with much of the comedy coming from cultural differences and content disputes. Created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, it comes from Hat Trick Productions for BBC Two. More on this one in the new year as names and dates are locked down.
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