Precision Engineered Comedy on BBC Two
You might have spotted some promotions for BBC Two's 'precision engineered comedy' recently. It's been a great year for comedy on the channel - now here's an idea of what to look forward to in the not-too-distant future...
Returning Series and New Shows
Miranda is back for a brand new series! It doesn't matter what she attempts in life, whether it's dating or simply dealing with her overbearing mother, Miranda always seems to fall flat - quite literally. And as an extra treat, each week on the Red Button and online, Miranda Hart discusses the inspiration behind the characters with a special guest. Her first guest is good friend Clare Balding, and they discuss how their time together at school has shaped the character Tilly.
Watch Miranda on Mondays at 8.30pm on BBC Two
New Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
The first series of Comedy Vehicle marked Stewart's return to television after a decade's absence: the gap before the second series has been considerably shorter, but no less anticipated. While the new series getting made, here's a classic clip from series one:
And don't forget the extra series we made in which Executive Producer Armando Iannucci grilled Stewart.
Episodes is the story of a happily married English couple, Sean and Beverly Lincoln who also happen to be successful producers of a hit British TV show called Lyman's Boys. At an awards ceremony in London they are wooed by a hugely powerful and charismatic US network executive who persuades them to move out to LA and remake their hit show for an American audience – with disastrous results. Oh, and their lead actor is replaced by a certain Matt Leblanc...
Read more about Episodes at the BBC Press Office
But we're not just talking about the future. There's already been some great stuff on BBC Two this year, including:
An improvised tour of the north of England reunites comedy favourites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. In the style of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the story is fictional... but based around their real personas. Gulp.
The Trip continues on Mondays at 10pm on BBC Two
Meet The Rev. Adam Smallbone (In the Loop's Tom Hollander). He’s a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour’s in East London. It’s a world he has little experience of... and it shows. It really shows.
Set in the kitchen of a country house hotel, Whites followed the trials and tribulations of head chef Roland White (Alan Davies) and his long suffering sous chef Bib (Darren Boyd) - not to mention their ambitious new team member Skoose (Stephen Wight).