BBC One Autumn 2007
A heart-warming comedy drama written by, and starring,
Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson), Learners follows the trials
and tribulations of a group of learner drivers.
Bev is a downtrodden wife who's failed her driving test
eight times. She's desperate to pass, yet frustrated by her
husband Ian's impatient approach in teaching her how to
drive. When Bev is inspired by glamorous driving-school
owner Fiona, she's determined to succeed along with a
group of other learner drivers.
Chris, a devout Christian with the patience of a saint, is assigned as her instructor
and it's not long before Bev develops a crush on him, despite his geeky appearance.
Bev is played by Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Ian by Shaun Dingwall (Doctor Who), Fiona by Sarah Hadland (Confetti)
and Chris by David Tennant (Doctor Who).
Martin Grantham is happily married to Jen. They have a
son, Dan, and a nice house: the works. One day, however,
best friend Carl throws himself under a train, setting off a
disastrous sequence of events that will change Martin's
life for ever…
Into this mess steps Patrick, a friend from way back.
Patrick is everything Martin is not: glib, self-confident,
popular and pathologically immature. He's the last person
Martin needs in his life right now. Or is he?
Mutual Friends is a brand-new comedy drama starring Marc
Warren (Hustle, Dracula) as Martin, Keeley Hawes
(Spooks, After Thomas) as Jen and Alexander Armstrong
(Life Begins, The Armstrong & Miller Show) as Patrick.
The Dinner Party
Set in the green-belt paradise of suburban England, The Dinmer Party is a new comedy
drama following three couples who meet to celebrate Roger's birthday.
Taking place over one evening, it perfectly captures the essence of an English dinner
party. Roger sits on his throne, surrounded by the finest marble and oak fittings, and
holds court, telling the assembled gathering that his son is off to Oxford University.
Jim is a struggling photocopier salesman who feels his life is unravelling. He hasn't sold
anything for months, his wife is spending far beyond their means and their 15-year-old
daughter, Lucy, is pregnant and locked in her bedroom.
Leo and Jackie, meanwhile, are hoping they've found their idyll, but soon discover the
order and hierarchy of "village life". By the time the Polish staff have served the main
course, fractures are beginning to appear in their dream and the dinner party begins to
unravel into a tragedy of manners...
The Omid Djalili Show
"All I've ever wanted to do is to bring world peace through stand-up comedy ... and now
that I've done that, I can concentrate on my new BBC One comedy series."
Invoking the spirit of Dave Allen, Omid Djalili, one of Britain's best contemporary comic
performers and multi-award-winning stand-up, realises his ambition in his self-penned,
self-titled stand-up and sketch show.
The British-Iranian comedian has not only completed UK and US sell-out tours, but has
also appeared in numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including Gladiator and The Mummy.
A man whose talent expands way beyond the "perfect ethnic everyman bit-part specialist"
he refers to himself as, Omid unleashes an idiosyncratic mix of political and social
commentary with the odd belly dance thrown in for good measure.
A unique fusion of Omid's hugely successful and highly energetic stand-up, comedy
sketches and characters, the show takes a grown-up swipe at modern-day life in a
After You've Gone
Nicholas Lyndhurst reprises his role as Jimmy Venables – a divorced father-of-two who
finds himself in the distinctly unenviable position of living with his mother-in-law – as
After You've Gone returns.
While Jimmy's ex-wife stays in Africa to tend the victims of a natural disaster, domestic
calamities continue at home as Jimmy and his patrician mother-in-law, Diana (Celia
Imrie), attempt to share both a roof and parental duties.
With a smart-talking daughter, Molly (Dani Harmer, star of Tracy Beaker), alongside a
wonderfully eccentric son, Alex (Ryan Sampson), the challenges facing this unlikely duo
could hardly be more daunting.
After You've Gone is created by Fred Barron (My Family). The cast also includes Amanda
Abbington as Jimmy's girlfriend and Vincent Ebrahim and Lee Oakes as Jimmy's mates,
Bobby and Kev.
|The Armstrong & Miller Show |
The Armstrong & Miller Show
Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller return with their own particular brand
of sketch comedy, joined by Jeremy Dyson from The League Of Gentlemen
as "script guru".
Viewers can expect a line-up of new characters including the politically
incorrect satnav and its near-the knuckle-instructions; Pru and Miranda,
two fat ladies who can neither cook nor run Dandy Lions, their
brain-meltingly inefficient vegetarian restaurant in Hampstead; retired
Essex gangster and self-appointed guardian of public decency, Mr Foley;
and Tony and Dimitri, a Keegan-esque football manager and his Russian
And that's just a taster – there are nearly 100 other characters in the
series, all with a whiff of Armstrong and Miller's exquisite nose for
Not Going Out
Royal Television Society award-winning sitcom Not Going Out returns for a
Happy-go-lucky Lee (Bafta winner Lee Mack) has a
problem. His flatmate, Kate, has moved out for good and
his best mate and landlord, Tim (fellow Bafta winner and
stand-up, Tim Vine), has put the apartment up for sale.
Faced with the prospect of being homeless, Lee rents the
spare room to Tim's ambitious younger sister, Lucy.
Unfortunately, the arrangement turns out to be far from
perfect. Sibling rivalry turns into full-on anxiety as Tim
quickly becomes suspicious of Lee's influence on his kid
sister, while Lucy grows more and more worried about her
brother's inability to get a girlfriend – or a promotion.
And, to complicate matters even further, Lee starts to
seriously question the suitability of Lucy's new boyfriend.
Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner and Samantha Bond star in
Outnumbered, a new comedy about the daily chaos of
family life; about two parents and three young children,
locked in an unequal contest.
Viewers will witness an honest portrayal of the
well-meaning parental incompetence that happens in most
homes, as a beleaguered Mum and Dad attempt to raise
their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for
Outnumbered is written by the creators of Drop The Dead
Donkey, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton – with elements of
improvisation – and will be quite unlike any other
The Green Green Grass
Boycie and Marlene are back and now actually enjoying
life in the country, in the third series of John Sullivan's
Having longed for the quiet life, they've found it's been
anything but. They've survived the wily tricks of nasty
neighbour Llewellyn, an ancient curse on Winterdown Farm,
an attempt at organic farming, and a visit from Marlene's
sister and the dreaded Driscolls.
But life continues to throw up surprises and there's plenty more in store, as Boycie
yearns for local grandeur and Marlene refuses to play
"the farmer's wife".
Meanwhile, farm staff Elgin, Bryan, Jed and duster-shy
Mrs Cakeworthy still run rings around their master, and
Tyler and Beth continue their rocky teenage romance.
John Challis and Sue Holderness star as Boycie