Brain in Gear: BBC Two orders full series from BAFTA-wining comedy
James R | On 01, Aug 2020
BBC Two has ordered a full series from comedy series Brain in Gear.
The show debuted as one of the BBC’s Comedy Shorts in 2019. Written by and starring Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam, The Last Tree) Brain In Gear is a flat-share comedy where the nightmare tenants… are the voices in your head. The series follows Remi, a perfectly normal if somewhat anxious single woman in her late twenties, trying her best to navigate the contradictory advice from her inner thoughts.
Last night, it won a BAFTA for Best Short Form Programme. (Gbemisola Ikumelo was also nominated in the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her work on Famalam, also made by BBC Studios for the BBC.)
Now, hot on the heels of that success, BBC Two has confirmed that a full series is on the way.
It will continue the story of Remi as she attempts to get on with her life… but otherwise normal tasks like going to work and hanging out are made near impossible by the constant interruptions of her two alter egos Boss Bitch Remi and Dark Remi.
Gbemisola Ikumelo says: “This is a legit dream coming true moment for me and I keep finding myself asking: ‘Did the BBC actually just give me my own show?’ I’m sure It will sink in soon enough, but for now I’m just revelling in all of the exciting possibilities that are presented by this becoming a series.”
Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, says: “This highly distinctive concept is ripe with comic potential and Gbemisola has fast become one of the leading comedy performers of her generation. Her range of characters is a joy to behold and we’re proud to see her spread her considerable talent wings as creator, writer and co-director of this very special mini-series.”
Broadcast details for Brain In Gear will be announced in due course.