The BBC may be relying on reviving comedy classics such as Are You Being Served?, but the good news is there’s plenty of new comedy coming down the track on BBC2.
Peep Show’s Robert Webb is the latest star aiming to break new comedy ground, appearing in new BBC2 comedy Our Ex Wife.
The actor will star in the new TV series written by former Simpsons writer Julie Thacker Scully and directed by Catastrophe’s Ben Taylor. Webb plays divorcee Jack, whose search for a fresh start with new love Sara (played by Melanie Lynskey) is scuppered by his ex-wife Hillary (Doctor Foster’s Victoria Hamilton).
Our Ex Wife is one of five new sitcoms announced by the BBC as part of its ‘Landmark Comedy’ season. The new comedies will sit alongside revivals of classic sitcoms including Are You Being Served?, Porridge, Keeping up Appearances and Goodnight Sweetheart.
Also appearing on BBC2 is new comedy The Coopers Vs The Rest, starring Pulling’s Tanya Franks and Peep Show alumnus Paterson Joseph as a couple who struggle to deal with their three adopted children. The series is written by Andy Wolton.
Stand-up comedian James Acaster meanwhile has written a new BBC2 comedy We the Jury, telling the story of doing jury duty on a murder trial and featuring Him & Her’s Kerry Howard.
“These three brand new sitcom specials are the fresh out of the oven part of our landmark sitcom season,” said BBC controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen. “Underpinning BBC2’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 & joyfully daft!”
The three new comedies new previously announced series Home from Home starring Johnny Vegas, and Motherland, featuring And Then There Were None’s Anna Maxwell Martin and Diane Morgan AKA Philomena Cunk. The series is written by Father Ted’s Graham Linehan and Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan.
New BBC2 comedies
Our Ex Wife
Starring Robert Webb, Melanie Lynskey and Victoria Hamilton
Written by Julie Thacker Scully, directed by Ben Taylor
We the Jury
Starring Ed Easton
Written by James Acaster, directed by Ben Taylor
The Coopers vs The Rest
Starring Tanya Franks and Paterson Joseph
Written by Andy Wolton, directed by Declan Lowney
Home from Home
Starring Johnny Vegas and Joanna Page
Written by Chris Fewtrell and Simon Crowther
Starring Lucy Punch, Diane Morgan and Anna Maxwell-Martin
Written by Graham Linehan and Sharon Horgan