BBC commissions The Goes Wrong Show
James R | On 25, Feb 2019
The show must go wrong on BBC One, with a new comedy series commissioned from the goes-wrong team at Mischief Theatre.
The Goes Wrong Show, a new six-part series produced by Big Talk Productions and Lionsgate UK, will be written by and 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. With their unique brand of physical theatre, the Mischief team will bring all aspects of their globally recognised talents to the television version which will be filmed in front of a live studio audience.
The series sees The Cornley Drama Society undertaking another (overly) ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde. Six brand new, hand-crafted, half hours of theatrical catastrophe include the gripping courtroom drama ‘A Trial to Watch’ and World War II spy thriller ‘The Pilot’ (which is not the pilot).
The Goes Wrong Show is commissioned by BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and is based on the The Play That Goes Wrong, the internationally successful, award-winning Mischief Theatre brand.
Henry Lewis, co-writer and co-founder of Mischief Theatre, says: “Ever since we first began to make things go wrong all the way back in 2012 it has been a dream of ours to bring a series based on this joyful brand of humour to the screen and so when the BBC commissioned The Goes Wrong Show it was a dream come true. We’re so grateful for this incredible opportunity and we can’t wait to get started on making some truly terrible programmes. We are still very short on equipment – if you have a camcorder we can borrow (in any condition) please do fax us.”
Mischief Screen is part of the recently launched Anthology Studios, part of the Anthology Group founded by Bob Benton and run by Hilary Strong. They are working on The Goes Wrong Show with Lionsgate who will be representing the show globally and separately with YTD HK which has acquired Chinese rights directly from Mischief Screen.
Mischief Screen CEO and Executive Producer, Hilary Strong, says: “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. Their particular style of physical humour transcends boundaries in a way that most humour simply cannot do and I am thrilled to be working with them and our partners Big Talk, the BBC, Lionsgate and YTD HK.”
The order follows two Christmas specials ordered by the Beeb from the team, which Allen says showed “a huge audience appetite for this ensemble’s superbly inventive brand of family friendly comedy”.
“BBC One 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,” he adds.
Filming begins this March in Manchester.