E4 and Netflix reunite for comedy horror Crazy Face
James R | On 09, May 2016
E4 and Netflix are reuniting to produce a new comedy horror series.
Crazy Frace, which will air on E4 and Netflix, is created by Misfits’ BAFTA award winner Howard Overman and is “a funny, gripping series about friendship, love and facing your demons”.
The show follows the angst and exorcisms of an unlikely duo of demon hunters, played by Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) and Susan Wokoma (E4’s Chewing Gum).
When people die most go quietly into the night. But some have unfinished business: scores to settle, blood to spill, axes to plant in people’s heads… These tormented souls work through their issues by possessing the living. Most of the time they walk freely amongst us, unseen by all but a special few.
Amy (Theobold) is one of those few. She works in a bowling alley and never really imagined herself battling the legions of hell. It can play havoc with a girl’s love life. Not to mention her mind. Thankfully Amy isn’t alone. Enter Raquel (Wokoma). Armed with Wikipedia and a baton she bought on e-bay, Raquel’s a self-made demon hunter with a whole lot of baggage and an impressive lack of social skills.
An unlikely friendship is born as Amy and Raquel attempt to navigate their way through the choppy waters of their early twenties whilst simultaneously kicking the ass of some seriously gnarly demons. What could possibly go wrong?
Theobold and Wokoma are joined by Riann Steele (In the Flesh) as Amy’s best friend Suzanne, Lewis Reeves (Unforgotten) as her workmate-with-a-massive crush Jake, Arinze Kene (Youngers) as Raquel’s level-headed older brother, Tyler, with Tony Curran (Sons of Anarchy) as the sinister Callum.
Filming begins on the six-part series this week in Bristol, with Urban Myth Films producing in association with Netflix. The Executive Producers of the programme are Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy and Howard Overman. It was developed and commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger and Beth Willis, with Lee Mason as Commissioning Executive.
“Howard has been responsible for defining drama on E4 and with Crazy Face he’s proved himself to be on thrilling, anarchic and utterly rude form,” Wenger comments. “We are delighted to welcome him back to the channel and to work with our partners at Urban Myth Films and Netflix to realise the ambition of this bold and brilliant series.”
“It’s great to be back on E4. And also exciting that our company Urban Myth Films is not only working with Channel 4 but also partnering with Netflix,” Overman adds.
This is the second deal between the VOD giant and the broadcaster, following a similar partnership to produce online gaming series Kiss Me First , which is created by Skins’ Bryan Elsley and will air next year.
Larry Tanz, Vice President Global Television at Netflix, says: “Crazy Face is an eccentrically unique and entertaining series that will resonate with audiences across the globe. We look forward to once again partnering with Channel 4 to bring quality stories from innovative creators, like Howard Overman, to our members worldwide.”
Crazy Face will be broadcast in the UK exclusively on E4, with Netflix streaming the series globally following E4’s UK premiere.