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C21May iPad

BBC1 orders Goes Wrong series

L-R: Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis

BBC1 has ordered a six-part series based on the hit theatre show The Play that Goes Wrong from Mischief Screen, Big Talk Productions and Lionsgate UK.

The Goes Wrong Show comes after Olivier Award-winning theatre company Mischief made two Christmas specials for BBC1.

The series will be written by and will star the original founding Mischief Theatre members, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask. Filming is set to begin next month in Manchester.

Mischief Screen, part of the fledgling Anthology Studios, was formed last year after Mischief Theatre linked up with producers Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence to develop and exploit Mischief work on television, in both the UK and internationally.

The series will see The Cornley Drama Society undertake another overly ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde.

Anthology Studios is part of the Anthology Group, which was founded by Bob Benton and is run by Hilary Strong. Lionsgate will represent the show globally, while YTD HK has acquired Chinese rights directly from Mischief Screen.

“Mischief has long demonstrated that they have a unique voice in comedy, with a hugely successful global theatre brand, as well as a growing reputation in television,” said Mischief Screen CEO and executive producer Strong.

“Their particular style of physical humour transcends boundaries in a way that most humour simply cannot do.”

The BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, Shane Allen, added: “The two Christmas specials we’ve backed showed a huge audience appetite for this ensemble’s superbly inventive brand of family-friendly comedy.

“BBC1 has a unique role for viewers as the country’s sole provider of mainstream British comedy, and it’s particularly gratifying to also be the only UK broadcaster still flying the flag for the studio sitcom with these fast-rising stars.”

The Goes Wrong Show will be produced by Jim Poyser (Timewasters, The Job Lot) and directed by Martin Dennis (Men Behaving Badly, Black Books). The executive producers are Strong and Kenny Wax for Mischief Screen, plus Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar and Matthew Justice for Big Talk Productions.

The series was commissioned by Allen plus BBC director of content Charlotte Moore and commissioning editor Kate Daughton.


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