Martin Clunes’ brand new comedy vehicle Warren set for BBC One

Martin Clunes is a heavyweight comedy champion who we’re delighted to see step back in to the ring for a BBC One sitcom.Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning
Date: 18.01.2018     Last updated: 18.01.2018 at 09.30
An original comedy series penned by exciting upcoming writers Paul McKenna and Jimmy Donny Cosgrove, which centres around the life of Warren Thompson, a pedantic driving instructor who thinks the world is against him, is coming soon to BBC One.

Martin Clunes will star as titular character Warren, who is forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill. Warren suddenly finds himself living in an area he doesn’t like, doing a job he’s not emotionally cut out for and looking after two teenage stepsons he never wanted.

Warren loves Anne, and somehow, Anne always sees the good in Warren, but he has a way of knowing best and speaking his mind that inevitably leads to conflict, chaos and disaster for those around him and most especially for himself.

Warren is not growing old gracefully, he’s very much rooted in the now, with a modern voice and sharp edge. There are no happy endings for Warren as he grapples against the problems and misunderstandings of his own making.

Martin Clunes says: “I had kind of told myself that I didn’t want to do another sitcom, but because this came from Hat Trick I thought it was worth a read and the script is just so funny that I didn’t want anyone else to do it.”

Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director, Hat Trick Productions says: “Great scripts attract great actors and this was the case with Warren. Martin plays the central role to perfection and is supported by a fantastic cast. We can’t wait to make it.”

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says: “BBC One mainstream comedy is our highest priority and the toughest nut to crack. We have enormous faith in Warren as the pilot displayed the perfect alchemy of well-drawn characters, punchy funny lines, a terrific ensemble cast and in Martin Clunes a heavyweight comedy champion who we’re delighted to see step back in to the ring of a BBC One sitcom.”

Warren is made by Hat Trick Productions for BBC One.

Warren is written by writing partners Paul McKenna and Jimmy Donny Cosgrove. Paul wrote hit sitcom Brotherhood, the Comedy Central series that went out to over 90 countries. Jimmy is a versatile actor, comedian and writer/performer who studied Comedy Performance at Southampton University. He honed his skills on the stand-up circuit and this is his first television comedy commission.

The series was ordered for BBC One by Charlotte Moore, Director Content and Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning. The Commissioner for the BBC is Kate Daughton. The Executive Producer for Hat Trick is Helen Williams, the Producer is Tom Jordan and the Director is Adam Miller.

Further casting and transmission details will be announced in due course.

MJ