BBC Three has unveiled three new pilots for its latest line-up of Comedy Slices.
Now in their sixth year, the Comedy Slices are a central part of the BBC’s work to develop the next generation of British comedy talent. Today, three new BBC Three pilots from three female rising stars have been announced – Diary of a Hounslow Girl, written by and starring Ambreen Razia, In My Skin, written by Kayleigh Llewellyn and Tash and Ellie, from writer-performing duo Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White.
Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: “We get excited by the stories that haven’t been told and the voices we haven’t yet heard which is why you’ll see more and more diversity of all kinds in the output over the next few years as we break new ground. Today’s announcements signal our expansion of this commitment to championing the very best emerging British comedy talent alongside new comedy pieces that cater for the wide spectrum of tastes of our audiences.
“We believe in a British talent first and foremost approach, and are here to grow the stars of tomorrow through the hit shows of today.”
The pilots were commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning and Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three.
Here’s the line-up:
Diary of a Hounslow Girl (working title)
Shaheeda, Tash and Leonie are three West London college students with big dreams, big attitudes, and big plans. From fights on the night bus to yet another ‘family’ wedding, mosque class to fake IDs, new hijab swags to cooking up schemes on Hounslow High Street, these girls are determined to have the best time – fun first, consequences second. Bouncing between being good, modern Muslim girls and living their best lives, they are three smart, young, Asian women in a bold, provocative, new comedy.
Diary of a Hounslow Girl is written by and stars Ambreen Razia (BBC Talent Hotlist 2017), inspired by her smash hit play, and is produced by CPL Productions Ltd.
Script edited by Holly Walsh, produced by Charlie Coombes and executive produced by Arabella McGuigan & Danielle Lux for CPL Productions. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Alex Moody.
In My Skin
In My Skin is a darkly comic, coming of age story about Bethan Gwyndaf – a 16 year old girl who tells a lot of lies. At school, she poses as the perfect student, with a run-of-the-mill family. But all the while, her mother is sectioned in a mental facility based only moments away. We follow Bethan as her house of cards slowly begins to collapse.
This series gives a raw and accurate portrayal of growing up in Wales today, holding up a mirror to the state of our nation. There’s heartache, and laughs, and shame, and sometimes an almost too-hard-to-look quality as we revisit the pain of adolescence.
In My Skin is written by Kayleigh Llewellyn and produced by Expectation Entertainment. The Executive Producer is Nerys Evans for Expectation Entertainment and Kate Daughton is the BBC Commissioning Editor. The producer is Gina Lyons.
Tash and Ellie (working title)
Writer-performers Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White are one of Britain’s most exciting new double acts and bring their world of unforgettable characters to BBC Three.
Ellie and Natasia embody the most familiar cultural stereotypes and completely make them their own. With their unique take on modern society, pop culture and, more importantly, the role of women within it, the characters and sketches will be memorable, current, and very funny.
Ellie, who plays Princess Beatrice in Channel 4’s popular The Windsors, will also star in Holly Walsh’s series The Other One on BBC Two alongside Lauren Socha and Siobhan Finneran. Natasia will play the lead role of Sophie in Jamie Demetriou’s series Stath Lets Flat on Channel 4 and will star in the FX series of What We Do In The Shadows with Matt Berry and Kayvan Novak.
The Executive Producers for CPL Productions are Harry Hill and Mobashir Dar. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Alex Moody.