Channel 4 has commissioned a new series executive produced by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.
The show, Dead Pixels, is a comedy that centres around three bored office workers who live their lives vicariously through a fantasy role-playing game called Kingdom Scrolls.
Combining both live-action and animation, the series will be split between their real lives and the video game. It will be written by Veep and Fresh Meat writer Jon Brown, who won a BAFTA for his BBC puppet comedy Mongrels in 2011.
Radiotimes.com reported exclusively in May that Bain and Armstrong’s production company had secured a deal for the series, and that E4 was likely to be its future home.
Dead Pixels was piloted as a web-series back in 2016 as part of Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps, under the title Avatards. Check out the first episode below.
The pilot starred Alexa Davies, Ethan Lawrence and Jamie Demetriou. It is not yet clear if the comedy will retain the same cast for the series, which is expected to air on E4 in 2018.
In a statement, Brown said: “As an adult male who spends his every actual weeknight in Bolivia attempting to disrupt the manufacture and distribution of cocaine (online; on PS4) I feel uniquely placed to write about the manifold joys and sadnesses of the gaming life. It’s a pastime unique for being both utterly and literally pointless, but also genuinely and profoundly meaningful. I look forward to sharing my shameful, pathetic virtual experiences with E4 audiences.”