Sky1 is clearly confident in the calibre of its comedy as the broadcaster has ordered a second series of Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy and two specials of Charlie Brooker’s A Touch of Cloth before either programme’s debut episodes have made it to air. For Sky’s sake, let’s hope they’re funny…
IT Crowd star O’Dowd’s comedy series takes place in Ireland in the 1980s and features appearances from Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan, while Brooker’s show, a spoof of British cop dramas, stars John Hannah and Suranne Jones as its leads.
Moone Boy was developed from an episode of Little Crackers about a young boy and his imaginary friend written by O’Dowd that was broadcast in 2010, and the series will see the Bridesmaids actor starring in the show alongside Nick Vincent Murphy, as well as Vegas and Coogan.
Brooker’s police series was first announced in August 2011, and the writer said at the time: "After you've seen A Touch of Cloth you'll never be able to watch another detective show again. Not because it's a devastating piss take, but because you'll have smashed your TV into pieces in a disappointed fury."
Neither show has yet been shown on Sky1, but the broadcaster has taken a punt on the appeal of both programmes as part of its new-found commitment to original comedy programming.
The news came during a raft of commissioning announcements made by Sky at a press conference this morning to reveal its autumn line-up, which also included new observational documentaries about RAF Brize Norton and British eccentrics, a drama series about the fire service called The Smoke and a new Ross Kemp programme examining post-traumatic stress disorder.