BBC Three lines up six new Comedy Feeds for September
James R | On 12, Aug 2016
BBC Three has lined up six new Comedy Feeds for September. Now on their fourth run, the channel’s series of pilots are an established platform for the next generation of British comedy talent – and even with BBC Three now an online channel, that hasn’t changed.
Indeed, BBC Three has already debuted several stellar homegrown comedies this year, including Fleabag, Flat TV and #HoodDocumentary, with box sets of People Just Do Nothing, Cuckoo, Him and Her and Murder in Successville also available to stream. BBC Three has also ventured into short-form comedy, including Top Tens featuring Sam Simmons and Lazy Susan and YouTuber Maxim Bady’s take on the world today.
Previous BBC Three Comedy Feeds that have gone on to be BBC Three series include Sunny D and Josh, as well as Flat TV and People Just Do Nothing. And this year, in conjunction with the BBC’s sitcom season celebrating 60 years of the sitcom, all six are narrative sitcoms.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, says: “BBC Three’s place as the home of the best new British comedy talent continues with these Comedy Feeds. I expect great things.”
Shane Allen, Head of Comedy, says: “BBC Three’s Comedy Feeds have kick-started so many careers for UK comedy talent on and off screen. This year’s selection, during such a celebratory year for comedy on the BBC with the forthcoming Sitcom Season, shows how vibrant and diverse BBC comedy is and how BBC Three is the place to nurture grass roots talent.”
All six Comedy Feeds will be available on BBC Three and on iPlayer from Thursday 1st September. Here’s a full rundown:
A Brief History Of Tim
Tim Renkow has cerebral palsy. Which means that people judge him… all the time. But usually they judge him wrongly. Because what they don’t realise is that inside that severely disabled, fragile body is a bit of an asshole.
Tim knows he makes people uncomfortable – he does it on purpose. He knows his cerebral palsy means he can get away with saying what others can’t. But that’s his problem: time spent taking aim at life’s easier targets means Tim takes his eye of its bigger prizes: the job, the girl and the visa.
His Mum is played by The Sopranos’ Lorraine Bracco. It has been written by Tim Renkow and Stu Richards for Googlebox TV. The Executive Producer is Mat Steiner and the Director is Jamie Adams. It was commissioned for BBC Comedy Commissioning by Tilusha Ghelani.
Fail is a sitcom that follows the unfortunate adventures of the neurotic Paul, played by Will Merrick (The Rack Pack, Brief Encounters, Count Arthur Strong).
Paul is in his 20s, fresh out of uni and looking forward to all the thrills of adult life. However things aren’t working out as expected. He’s got a great girlfriend, Claire (Ruby Thomas – Agatha Raisin, Blandings) but with not much money between them they’ve been forced to move in with Paul’s parents, Marshall (Vincent Franklin – Cucumber, The Thick Of It) and Helen (Julia Deakin – Big Bad World, I’m Alan Partridge).
But Paul’s biggest problem is himself – his awkwardness, nervousness and inability to censor his inner monologue. Always ‘eager to please’ Paul attempts to do the right thing but often digs himself deeper and deeper into holes filled with embarrassment.
Written by Tom Melia and produced by The Comedy Unit. Directed by Elliot Hegarty and produced by Gavin Smith, it was commissioned by Gregor Sharp for BBC Comedy Commissioning.
Limbo follows a gang of self-centred 20-somethings who work as tutors but never learn their lesson.
Education can be a noble calling – but just not for characters Alice, Francis and Neck, who are overeducated blaggers with no idea what to do with their lives and are more concerned with getting through lessons without vomiting, swearing and exposing their own profound ignorance than teaching.
It is a pretty depressing job but there is an upside – by milking money out of anxious parents, they remain responsibility-free and have endless time.
Written by Lucien Young and Joe Parham for Hat Trick Productions, Limbo stars Ellie White (The Windsors, Murder in Successville, House of Fools) Bekka Bowling (Some Girls, Episodes), Alastair Roberts (People Time) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me).
The Executive producer is Helen Williams, producer Tom Jordan and the director is Tom George. Limbo was commissioned by Gregor Sharp for BBC Comedy Commissioning.
Man Like Mobeen
From popping bottles of Ciroc and rolling in Lamborghini Gallardos to administering colonic irrigations for 83 year-old Edna every Tuesday morning, sometimes life changes, and not always in ways you’d imagine.
This is the story of Mobeen Deen (Guz Khan). A Muslim, English, 27 year-old trying to leave behind a life of crime in Birmingham after finding his faith. Mobeen’s parents have done a disappearing act that would make David Blaine proud, leaving our (reluctant) hero with full financial and emotional responsibility for his younger sisters.
To fill the hole where Thug Life used to be, Mobeen has found himself the perfect job for a former gangster; he’s the lead administer of bed bathing at Birmingham’s most reputable care home for the elderly. He’s gone from taking s**t from gangs to, well, you get the picture…
Can Mobeen care for the people who rely on him and still manage to stay legit? Man Like Mobeen is written by Guz Khan (BBC Asian Network, Borderline) and Andy Milligan (Undercover, Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway) and produced by Cave Bear productions. The executive producer is Ben Cavey and the director is Oliver Parsons. It was commissioned for BBC Comedy Commissioning by Kristian Smith for the BBC.
Fletch loves Jen. Jen loves James. Wendy might love James but definitely loves Fletch. Everybody loves Spunk but Fletch has a funny way of showing it.
Marooned by laziness, poor decisions and unhealthy mutual love, Pumped follows three idiots who used to be the kings of the village as they wrestle with what ifs, unfulfilled potential and their rapidly plummeting social status in an odd Scottish town.
Written by Stewart Thomson, cast includes comedians Iain Stirling, Kadiff Kirwan (Chewing Gum) and James Allenby-Kirk (24:Live Another Day) and it is a BBC Studios Production directed by Adam Miller. The executive producer is Steven Canny and producer is Keith Martin. It was commissioned by Shane Allen for BBC Comedy Commissioning.
The JPD3 Show
The JPD3 Show is a brand new, fast-paced, contemporary sketch show from the creators and stars of the hit online show Mandem On The Wall (50 million online views), written by and starring Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kartier, and directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners, Man Up).
The show will feature music video parodies, reality spoofs and one-off sketches about the world the boys inhabit. The executive producers are Neil Webster and Ben Palmer for Happy Tramp and was commissioned by Tilusha Ghelani for BBC Comedy commissioning.