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Two brand new sitcoms from BBC Scotland - Life Of Riley and The Old Guys


Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek) is to star in Life Of Riley and Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger from Only Fools And Horses) will star in The Old Guys - two brand new six-part sitcoms for BBC One from BBC Scotland.

 

The Executive Producer is BBC Scotland's Head of Comedy and Entertainment, Alan Tyler.

 

He said today: "I am delighted to announce two brand new six-part sitcoms for BBC One from BBC Scotland. I'm looking forward to working with this calibre of talent both on and off screen. It is very exciting to be producing these in the Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow for both a Scottish and network audience."

 

BBC Controller Comedy Commissioning, Lucy Lumsden, added: "It is great news that these two significant commissions for BBC One are coming from BBC Scotland as part of our ongoing work to develop new audience sitcoms for viewers to enjoy."

 

Life Of Riley centres around second time round newly-weds Rosie (Caroline Quentin) and Jim, and their dysfunctional family.

 

The ever-optimistic Rosie suddenly finds herself at the head of a modern-day extended family made up of a complication of children, stepchildren, step siblings and half siblings - with a few ex-partners and in-laws thrown in.

 

It is written by Georgia Pritchett (Smack The Pony) and will be produced for BBC Scotland by Catherine Bailey Productions Limited (Feel The Force) and will be distributed by Outright Distribution Ltd.

 

Catherine Bailey added: "We developed the script through BBC Scotland and we are very excited to be filming Life Of Riley at the wonderful new studios at Pacific Quay."

 

The Old Guys features two elderly delinquents, Tom (Roger Lloyd Pack) and Roy who believe there is life in the old dog yet - but it might just need a kick. That is, of course, when they are not lusting after sexy neighbour Sally.

 

The series is written by award-winning writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong with Simon Blackwell (Peep Show) and will be produced by BBC Scotland.

 

Both sitcoms were commissioned by Lucy Lumsden (BBC Controller of Comedy Commissioning).

 

The Executive Producers will be Alan Tyler (BBC Scotland's Head of Comedy and Entertainment) and Cheryl Taylor (BBC Executive Editor, Comedy - Nations and Regions).

 

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Category: Scotland; TV Entertainment
Date: 19.03.2008
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