BBC Worldwide America and Sony Pictures Television have been commissioned by Fox to co-produce a U.S. pilot of Some Mothers Do Ave Em, the classic British comedy created by Raymond Allen.
Philip Stark (That 70's Show, South Park) has been signed to adapt, update and executive produce a half-hour script for American audiences, with BBC Worldwide America executive producers Paul Telegdy, EVP Content & Production, and Ian Moffitt, VP Programming & Production.
"We have felt for a while now that Some Mothers Do Ave Em would translate brilliantly across the pond," said Paul Telegdy.
"With Philip's exceptional skills on board we're confident we'll produce a winning pilot with the ultimate aim of bringing Ray’s fantastic show to millions of U.S viewers."
Commented Ray Allen: "I never would have dreamt 35 years ago when I originally wrote the series that dearly loved but disasterous Frank would be creating havoc on American soil. It's a very exciting time…and a treasured moment of glory for Frank!"
Some Mothers Do Ave Em, which originally starred Michael Crawford (Phantom of the Opera), is a chaotic physical character comedy centering on well-meaning but accident-prone Frank Spencer.
Despite his best efforts to succeed and provide a better life for himself and his wife Betty, Frank is a walking disaster area. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, pandemonium quickly follows - there's never a dull moment.
BBC Worldwide America is currently producing the fifth series of Dancing with the Stars for ABC, Viva Laughlin for CBS, this winters’ Dance War for ABC, and Clash of the Choirs for NBC.