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C4 benefits from Showtime’s Web Therapy

Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a remake of US network Showtime’s comedy Web Therapy.

Stephen Mangan

The show will be titled Hang Ups in the UK and debuts on C4 in 2018. It will star Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Episodes) as a therapist trying to keep his unorthodox life, and patients, from unravelling.

The 6×30’ series, co-written by Mangan, is being adapted from the Emmy-nominated Web Therapy which was created by Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos.

Web Therapy began life as a web series in 2008 before being picked up by Showtime in 2011. It ran for four seasons, totalling 67 episodes, before ending in 2014.

The series was commissioned for C4 by Fiona McDermott, head of comedy, and will be produced by Louise Delamere of Slam Films. Co-writer Robert Delamere will also direct.

FremantleMedia International, which signed a development deal with Slam in 2016, will distribute Hang Ups globally.

“Stephen Mangan and Robert Delamere have achieved the almost impossible task of creating a brilliantly farcical show that is, at heart, a family sitcom,” said McDermott. “An ambitious, modern comedy, Hang Ups is a timely, inventive and very funny exploration of the ridiculous pile-up of challenges we call modern life.”

C4 has also commissioned World War Two thriller Jerusalem (6×60′, working title), which has been created and is being written by Bash Doran (Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex).

The drama will be produced by UK-based management and production company 42 and Twenty Twenty Television and revolves around an ambitious young woman who agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans.

Executive producers are Eleanor Moran (Rome) and Rory Aitken (Watership Down) for 42 and Tim Carter (Garrow’s Law) for Twenty Twenty Television. Josh Varney and Ben Pugh will act as co-executive producers for 42.

The series was commissioned by Simon Maxwell, head of international drama at C4 and the channel’s head of drama Beth Willis. It’s been co-funded by C4 and All3Media International.

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