Following on from a successful pilot last year, BBC Three has ordered a full series of sketch show Famalam.
Starring Vivienne Acheampong (The Aliens), Gbemisola Ikumelo (Sunny D), Samson Kayo (Timewasters), John MacMillan (Dark Knight Rises, Chewing Gum), Vine superstar Tom Moutchi and Roxanne Sternberg (Emerald City), the series will return this spring for a full four-episode run on BBC Three.
In the debut season of the sketch show, we’ll meet a range of comic creations, including thwarted Nigerian philanthropist Prince Alyusi, Croydon’s leading voodoo doctor Professor Lofuko, misunderstood superhero Eclispe, never-satiated chicken-loving schoolboy Fat Sam and over-amorous daytime TV hosts/lovers, William and Funke.
Along the way, we’ll also learn some newly-unearthed Black British History with garage MC Scribbler P, get a sneak peak of the latest Nollywood blockbusters, and at last see some much-needed cultural diversity injected into Midsomer Murders.
The series is produced by Akemnji Ndifornyen, executive produced by Ben Caudell and Chris Sussman, and directed by Tom Marshall. It was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three and Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two.
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, says: “This exciting ensemble of comedy talent delivers their fresh and funny take on the multi-cultural Britain of today. Although sketch shows will forever be reviewed as ‘hit and miss’, they are a vital and crucial way to bring through the next wave of comedy stars and in Famalam we’ve got a supremely funny troupe.”
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, adds: “I’m really pleased that Famalam is coming to BBC Three. It’s a great new take on the sketch show featuring fresh, new comedy voices and an array of brilliant new characters that I know our audience will love.”
Akemnji Ndifornyen, Producer, BBC Studios, comments: “I can’t wait to unleash this amazing show on you all! Credit to our cast, crew and brilliant director, Mr Tom Marshall. Get your knives and forks ready for a comedy feast, Famalam.”
Famalam will premiere on BBC Three in early April before coming to BBC Two later that month.