BBC Three has ordered a full season of A Brief History of Tim.
The show, which was part of its recent Comedy Feed pilots, follows Tim Renkow, who has cerebral palsy, a condition that makes people assume he’s a sweet humble man, a victim. But they’re horribly wrong – and his condition means he can get away with saying whatever he wants.
“There’s something wonderfully more complicated going on beneath the surface,” we wrote in our review of this year’s comedy pilots, which singled out A Brief History of Tim as the best of the bunch. “On the one hand, it shows how society is so intently politically correct that it’s unwilling to criticise a disabled person for their behaviour, instead writing it off as part of their condition. On the other, it shows that there’s more to our lead than his cerebral palsy – and Tim Renkow makes the most of the opportunity.
“Clever, sweet and gleefully dark, A Brief History of Tim is all too brief. Someone commission a full series of this immediately.”
The programme will span four episodes, like Flat TV, which premiered earlier this year after its own Comedy Feeds pilot. It is written by Tim Renkow and Stu Richards, with executive producers Ash Atalla, Mat Steiner and Alex Smith. It is produced by Roughcut TV and Primal Media (set up in July in partnership with Lionsgate).
Ash Atalla says: “Tim is one of the best and most wrong comedians I’ve ever met. For that reason alone, Roughcut can’t wait to work with him on this BBC sitcom.”
“I’m very excited to be working with the BBC. I just hope I can beat my old employment record of two days,” adds Renkow.
The show is part a range of commissions from the Beeb’s recent Sitcom Season, with the BBC also ordering full seasons of its rebooted, updated Porridge and the pilot Motherland.
“With Porridge we have two writing legends putting a modern spin on their masterpiece, proving that their fingers are very much still on the comedy pulse,” comments Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning. “In Motherland we have the wish-list writing powerhouse giving us a painfully accurate yet fresh take on the relentless emotional carnage of child-rearing.”
“This acerbic account of parenthood is a stellar piece of television,” we said in our review. “Written by Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan, it should come as no surprise that the script is laced with spiky barbs and laugh-out-loud humour.”