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1+1 grows comedy output

Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 has commissioned four new series as it looks to boost its original comedy output in 2014.

The broadcaster has greenlit comedy series The Last Moscal following a successful pilot directed by the UK’s Chris Cottam (Love Matters, Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian).

The 20×26′ series follows a young man from Moscow who is hiding from his father’s creditors in western Ukraine.

“Comedies are doing extraordinarily well in Ukraine and this sort of show is the sort of stuff 1+1 is looking at the moment,” Lena Vasilyeva, head of TV series and film at 1+1, told C21.

Meanwhile, 1+1 has commissioned Have a Nice Divorce (20×26′), a comedy about two ambitious interns who compete for an associate position at a law firm specialising in divorce cases. Sisters Production is making the series.

The broadcaster’s third new series is Sofia Pototska (12×52′), a historical adventure drama produced in-house. The drama follows a courtesan-turned-spy who influences three of the world’s most powerful empires.

Finally, Patchwork Films is producing The Blackout (12×52′), a disaster drama set in an Eastern European town abandoned by the authorities in times of crisis.

All four series will broadcast on 1+1 in 2014, with exact dates yet to be confirmed.


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