BBC Three announces Cuckoo, a brand new six-part comedy series from Roughcut Television, commissioned by Zai Bennett, Controller BBC Three, and Chris Sussman, BBC Commissioning Editor Comedy.
Filming this summer and airing later this year, Cuckoo stars some of the biggest names in comedy, from both sides of the Atlantic. The series pits Hollywood star and Saturday Night Live stalwart Andy Samberg (Hot Rod, I Love You Man; forthcoming Adam Sandler comedy That's My Boy) against British comedy giant Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners).
Created and written by Robin French and Kieron Quirke (Trinity), Cuckoo is set in the Midlands, home to the Thompson family. When Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale – Cold Feet, Kidnap and Ransom) collect their daughter (Tamla Kari) from the airport, they're horrified to learn that she's returned from her gap year with more than just a henna tattoo and braids in her hair. At the arrival gate, she promptly introduces them to her new husband, Cuckoo (Andy Samberg) - the squared-jawed, self-appointed spiritual ninja who is now their son-in-law.
Cuckoo is every parent's worst nightmare - a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas. Ken and Lorna have no choice but to welcome him into their family home - and if every Englishman's home is his castle, then this hippie has stormed Ken's fortress and plundered everything, most unforgivably, his princess.
Zai Bennett says: "BBC Three continues to break new comedy. Cuckoo is both original and unique. We're delighted to be announcing this exciting new sitcom with such an illustrious cast from two of my favourite new writers."
Executive Producer, Ash Atalla (The Office and The IT Crowd) says: "The best of British meets the toast of Hollywood. We hope Cuckoo cements the special relationship between our two great countries. I imagine Obama and Cameron will be watching closely."
The six-part series will be executive produced for BBC Three by Chris Sussman, by Ash Atalla and Dan Hine for Roughcut Television and directed by Ben Taylor (Spy, Cardinal Burns).
We're delighted to be announcing this exciting new sitcom with such an illustrious cast, from two of my favourite new writers."