BBC Three announces new comedy commissions

BBC Three is at the heart of new comedy in the UK and is not only still on air, but thriving. These four deliciously different and brilliantly written series and pilot demonstrate our ongoing commitment to bring our viewers more even more cutting edge, exciting and most importantly of all, funny, comedy this year.Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Date: 20.03.2014     Last updated: 03.10.2014 at 12.34
Category: BBC Three; Comedy
BBC Three announces a new comedy series 600 Days (w/t), a new pilot Top Coppers, plus Bad Education, Bluestone 42 and Some Girls have all been recommissioned.

600 Days (w/t) is a brand-new six part comedy about the ultimate unlikely couple who end up on the wrong side of the law.

BBC Three Controller, Zai Bennett said: “BBC Three is at the heart of new comedy in the UK and is not only still on air, but thriving. These four deliciously different and brilliantly written series and pilot demonstrate our ongoing commitment to bring our viewers more even more cutting edge, exciting and most importantly of all, funny, comedy this year.”

600 Days follows straight-laced Luke, played by stand-up comedian Elis James, who finds himself sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institution along with Kadiff Kirwan as his girlfriend’s brother Jason (Jesus Christ Superstar, Home). Luke will have to rely on Jason’s street smarts to get him through. Unfortunately, Jason is a massive idiot.

2011 Foster’s Best Newcomer nominee Cariad Lloyd is on hand to keep a watchful eye on the boys as prison officer Dawn, alongside her unsettling colleague Creg, played by Ricky Champ (Him & Her, Youngers). The series will also introduce a host of brand-new comedic actors to the channel.

The series was created and written by Dan Swimer (Grandma’s House, Bad Education) and Adam Kay (Mongrels, Up The Women). It is a BBC In-house Comedy production, produced by James Farrell and executive produced by Pete Thornton.

Zai Bennett said: “BBC Three has a rich history of spotting and nurturing the UK’s best young talent. I’m sure the combination of a cleverly crafted script and the comedy world’s hottest rising stars means we’ll be bringing our audience something truly unique.”

A third series of critically acclaimed hit series Bad Education, starring Jack Whitehall will also return in the autumn. A Tiger Aspect production.

Bluestone 42 – the critically-acclaimed comedy following a bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan – is commissioned for a further 6x30-minute episodes. Produced by BBC In-house Comedy, the producer is Michelle Farr and the executive producer is Stephen McCrum.

Some Girls is also back for more as the the four best friends – Viva (Adelayo Adedayo: Gone Too Far, Sket), Holli (Natasha Jonas: One Night In Istanbul, Attack The Block), Amber (Alice Felgate: You, Me & Them, Side By Side) and Saz (Mandeep Dhillon: Whitechapel, 24: Live Another Day) – approach the end of their time at Greenshoots. But plenty of adventures still lie ahead: all the excitement of their first music festival, romantic entanglements, the school prom and even the prospect that their school may be chosen to feature in a television documentary. What’s more they need to find time to revise for exams, play a bit of football and hang out at Viva’s house eating pizza.

Made by Hat Trick Productions, the comic, tender and often outrageous Some Girls is written by Bernadette Davis, produced by John Pocock and directed by Sasha Ransome. The executive producers are Helen Williams (Spy, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Facejacker), Jimmy Mulville and BBC Comedy commissioning editor Gregor Sharp.

Top Coppers is an action comedy about police detectives John Mahogany (Conor McKenna) and Mick Rust (John Kearns). Also starring Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Bennett. The 30-minute pilot is being produced by Bertie Peek and executive produced by Ash Atalla for Roughcut Television.

Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, said: “This raft of new and returning comedy series celebrates how successful the comedy on Three remains and is a timely reminder that we’re still very much open for comedy business.

"To have three comedies hit a third series stride is a monumental achievement. With Top Coppers and 600 Days we’re backing a new wave of talent as both have sublime casts and are exciting additions to the comedy slate on BBC Three.”

KT