Channel 4 plans new comedy set in a boys’ public school

The re-election of David Cameron has given added urgency to the new comedy pilot, says a C4 insider

The re-election of David Cameron could spell trouble for Channel 4 – after all, the Prime Minister’s new culture secretary John Whittingdale tried (unsuccessfully) to table an amendment to the 1996 Broadcasting Bill to have the broadcaster privatised and may try again.

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But the return of Dave has one bonus: a C4 insider says it has added urgency and relevance to a new comedy set in a private boarding school that the channel is planning.

Anarchic comedy trio WitTank are making a pilot for E4 based partly on their stage act Old School Secrets.

Performed by the troupe – Naz Osmanoglu, Mark Cooper-Jones and Kieran Boyd – it’s set in “the ostentatiously furnished corridors of The School …an unsettling relic of empire, where maniacal masters rub tweedy shoulders with sharp-tongued scoundrels, and mystery and misrule abound.” 

According to the insider: “It’s not David Cameron the comedy but with five more years of Conservative rule and a Prime Minister and Chancellor who went to private school, it’s done the show’s chances of getting commissioned no harm”.

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We’re sure The School sounds nothing like Eton, though.