BBC Two has unveiled three new series for the New on Two strand airing as part of the BBC Landmark Sitcom Season and one is directed by Irishman DECLAN LOWNEY of Fr. Ted fame.
The sitcom season starts next month & celebrates the heritage and legacy of BBC comedy over the past 60 years.
The three shows are Our Ex Wife, We The Jury and The Coopers Vs The Rest.
Peep Show’s, Robert Webb attempts to break new comedy ground starring as a divorcee in Our Ex Wife. It is a hate-filled comedy following Webb as he tries to find a happy balance between his fiance and his ex-wife. It is being developed and produced by James Farrell (Are You Being Served?), with Stephen McCrum (Mrs Brown’s Boys) and Chris Sussman (Cuckoo) on board as executive producers for BBC Studios. The show is directed by Catastrophe’s Ben Taylor and written by former Simpsons writer Julie Thacker Scully.
The Coopers Vs The Rest, stars another Peep Show actor Paterson Joseph who is coupled up with Pulling’s Tanya Frank. The Coopers Vs The Rest is about a woman (Tanya Franks) and her husband (Paterson Joseph) who have three adopted children. The show is penned by Andy Wolton, produced by BBC Studios and directed by Wexford born Declan Lowney (Father Ted & Moone Boy). Declan now lives in Brighton on the south east coast of England. It is produced by Victoria Lloyd (Just a Minute), with McCrum again serving as an exec producer.
We The Jury sees Ed Easton play a man who has dreamt of doing jury duty his whole life and now finds himself serving as a juror on a murder trial. The series is written by stand-up comedian James Acaster, directed again by Ben Taylor and produced by Josh Cole (Crashing). Executive producers for Big Talk Productions are Kenton Allen and Saurabh Kakkar.The jury features Ed Easton and Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Sophie Thompson alongside unruly judge Maggie Steed who face a murder trial.
The Belfast born controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, Shane Allen said: “These three brand new sitcom specials are the fresh out of the oven part of our landmark sitcom season. Underpinning BBC Two’s comedy reputation for the eclectic and diverse, they are sharply written and terrifically cast treats with a very contemporary heart to them, except in the case of We The Jury which is just infectiously and joyfully daft.”
All new shows feature on BBC Two in September.