BBC THREE Autumn 2006
I'm With Stupid
Following the success of the pilot earlier
this year, the critically acclaimed comedy I'm With Stupid
comes to BBC THREE.
Mark Benton (Early Doors, Northern Lights) heads the cast
in a series that explores disability in a funny and truthful way. He
plays Sheldon, a homeless man who strikes up an unlikely
relationship with Paul, a wheelchair user, played by Paul
Henshall (Holby City, A Thing Called Love).
Paul and Sheldon are both feeling rejected by society and each
has something the other wants – Sheldon offers friendship to
Paul, who is lonely, while Paul provides Sheldon with
somewhere to stay.
Sheldon enters the world of Bramble
Lodge, the sheltered accommodation where Paul lives, and
discovers that the community is rife with gambling, scheming
and unrequited love.
A BBC Comedy North production
Little Miss Jocelyn
Beware, viewers, as Jocelyn Jee Esien, one
third of the hugely successful series 3 Non-Blondes, crashes back onto the
screen with her wickedly naughty and anarchic antics in
a new comedy sketch series.
The series features a huge mix of sketches including: the first
black female US president; an upfront toilet attendant; a woman
with worms; and a Nigerian wife who collects husbands and
needs constant marriage counselling.
Add in a sprinkle of hidden-camera stunts and the odd hapless
celebrity and Little Miss Jocelyn is guaranteed to give a firm boot
up the arse to the mundane and bring a big laugh to even the
most sedate viewer.
The series is written by and stars Jocelyn Jee Esien. It is produced
by Jemma Rodgers (The League Of Gentlemen), directed by
Gareth Carrivick (The Smoking Room) and executive producers
are Gary Reich (3 Non Blondes) and Geoff
Posner (Victoria Wood,
A Brown Eyed Boy production
Donna isn't dull, she isn't ordinary and she's definitely
meant for big things in life, so dumping her ultra-dependable
and slightly beige fiancé Karl just days before
their wedding isn't such a major thing for her.
Sadly, though, it is for Karl and this unceremonious rejection is just about enough to
catapult him head first into a spiral of suicidal depression.
With a new-found optimism,
Donna moves in with her single friends, Karen and Louise, in "lovely" Penge.
So it's the three girls together, sharing a place, sharing the most exciting
year of their lives. Almost.
Oh, and then there's Karl. Well, just because
you dump someone two days before the wedding doesn't mean you don't
care about them...
The show was created by Sharon Horgan, Dennis Kelly and Harry Thompson, and
written by Sharon Horgan (The Pilot Show, Monkey Dust, The Friday Night Project) and
Dennis Kelly (Debris, After The End, The Colony, Monkey Dust).
A Silver River production
Live! Girls! Present Dogtown (working title)
Live! Girls! Present Dogtown tells the quirky and offbeat story of life in Horton-Le-Hole, a fictional coastal town where things are not all they
Housewives secretly role-play as Olympic champions, a
socially inept geography teacher dreams of being deputy head,
a pyromaniac psychic dwarf reads palms at a bus stop, and
romance books are being defaced in the local library
(but by whom?).
Live! Girls! Present Dogtown is written by twin sisters Emma and Beth Kilcoyne and stars Emma
Kilcoyne and Sam Battersea, who perform in a number of guises.
The series also
features a regular supporting cast including Geraldine McNulty (The Smoking Room,
My Hero) and James Gaddas (Bad Girls, Casualty, Holby City) and cameo appearances
from Imelda Staunton and Kevin Whateley.
A Celador Productions and BBC co-production
Lucy Montgomery and Debbie Chazen once again star in
the series that showcases an outrageous and manic
collection of female comedy characters.
Favourites such as the Italian Cleaning Maid ("Don't look at me, I'm shy"), Paula the
Twitching Darter ("Right there"), Maxine "It's just a little bit of seepage" Bendix and
bizarre bachelor Don Peacock all return.
They are joined by brand-new comedy creations: look out for Horsing
Around with Veronica and Christina, Tom Cruisin' and some very Salty Tales.
A Pett production
Behind Closed Doors Season
As part of our determination with UK comedy to discover new talent and take risks, Behind Closed Doors
is a series of early evening comedy pilots including:
A group of friends in their late twenties
confront maturity and responsibility.
Stacey is pushing 30 and feels it's time
she was taken seriously.
beckons, but inviting her boss to a
Halloween party where she wants to
impress him and her colleagues isn't her
She can dominate her
partner, Henry, but her younger brother,
Dylan, and his friend, Boghead, aren't
massively impressive – they're more
drunk and disorderly.
Stacey's best friend,
Ness, who has recently returned from
London nursing a broken heart, isn't a ray
of sunshine. And Ness's teenage brother,
Neil, has the social skills of a rampaging
As disaster piles upon
embarrassment, Stacey's tightly controlled
world shatters into chaos.
Bash stars Susan Earl, Ben Willbond,
Daisy Haggard, Andrew Garfield, Leo Bill
and Rasmus Hardikere, with a guest
appearance from Kevin McNally.
A BBC production
Lab Rats is a new comedy set in a
university laboratory, co-written and
starring Chris Addison (BBC FOUR's The
Thick Of It).
With the world of science as
its backdrop, there is real scope for
stupid things to occur – which they do
with alarming frequency in this surreal
Lab Rats is produced by Armando
Iannucci and Simon Nicholls.
A BBC production
Craig and Millie are insufferable; they're
successful, wealthy, lucky, happy and very,
very smug – all pet names and in-jokes.
Martin, Craig's brother, would-be-author
and call centre operative, moves in with
Craig and Millie whilst he finishes his
book and finds a publisher.
Life is tough for Martin, who is
surrounded by success and a cringingly
happy couple at home, with the added
bonus of an offer of free life-coaching
sessions from Millie and a mind-numbing
job in a call centre.
But life could be on
the up for Martin – a publisher likes (the
title of) his novel and at least Craig and
Millie have a pet to keep him company –
a parrot called Martin...
And Martin is a new one-off comedy
written by Mark Watson.
A Channel X production
returns with more of the irreverent and
subversive humour that has made it such a cult hit
both here and in the States. As Peter Griffin would
The animated series, created by Emmy Award-winning executive
producer Seth MacFarlane, features the further adventures of the not-quite-so-average
middle-class New England family, the Griffins.
Peter and Lois have three kids: angst-ridden 16-year-old Meg, who only really
wants to be noticed; 13-year-old Chris, a sweet-natured slacker; and one-year-old
Stewie, a diabolically clever baby who's already bent on world domination.
Last but not least, there's Brian, the family's talking dog, who likes his
Martinis as dry as his dog food.
A Fox production