UK breakfast shows have taken a pounding of late. BBC Breakfast recently managed to decapitate beloved children’s plasticine character Morph on air, while ITV’s Daybreak replacement, Good Morning Britain, has been in the firing line as it fails to pick up ratings despite its big name presenting roster.
But now RadioTimes.com can reveal that the early risers must wake up to the news that master of the dark laugh Julia Davis is turning her satirical gaze on the genre.
The writer and star of BBC2 comedy Nighty Night and Sky’s Hunderby has just recorded Morning Has Broken, a comedy pilot for Channel 4 in which she she plays a breakfast show presenter alongside her co-writer Nick Mohammed.
The pilot episode, which is currently not expected to be broadcast, “takes a sideswipe at the foibles of the genre” according to a source and “takes no prisoners”.
“Julia Davis has shown with work like Nighty Night and Hunderby that she can mine rich comedy from the darkest material – expect more of the same with Morning Has Broken”.
If a full series is commissioned it will join a growing crop of current Channel 4 comedies that includes Matt Berry’s returning Toast and Friday Night Dinner, which is currently airing its third series.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.