The BBC has announced that two new series, Ellie and Natasha and Lazy Susan, will be heading to BBC Three.
The comedy sketch show Famalam has also been commissioned for a third series, with Danielle Vitalis (This Way Up) joining the cast alongside the likes of Samson Kayo (Sliced) and Vivienne Acheampong (Death in Paradise).
Ellie & Natasia
The sketch series Ellie & Natasia comes from the comedy duo Ellie White (The Windsors) and Natasha Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats).
Among the many amusing caricatures that the pair take a crack at on Ellie & Natasia are the ‘active-wear mums’ and the ‘thick as pigs Trustafarians’.
The series will feature six episodes, each fifteen minutes in length.
Ellie and Natasia commented: “In the midst of a pandemic the humble sketch is a shining light of hope and we are happy and honoured to be those torch bearers, with love Ellie and Natasia."
Speaking on his excitement for the project, executive producer Harry Hill said: “Thrilled to hear that the BBC have rewarded the best new British double act since Vic and Bob with a series.”
Starting off as a Comedy Short for BBC iPlayer, Lazy Susan comes from the razor-sharp comedic minds of Freya Parker (The Mash Report) and Celeste Dring (This Country).
Pairing recognisable characters with dark observation, Lazy Susan promises an astute insight in what it means to be a woman in 2020, and all the pressure, parties and panic that come with it.
The surreal yet relatable comedy will return to some familiar characters from the short, such as Michaela and Megan who ‘don’t want any drama tonight’, as well as a host of new smart and surprising creations.
Amy Annette and Katie Churchill, producers for Tiger Aspect, said: “We were so thrilled by the reaction to the short from comedy fans, comedians and commenters online. So it’s our great joy to be bringing more of Freya and Celeste’s idiotic genius to BBC Three.”
Broadcast dates for all three shows will be announced in due course. Series one and two of Famalam are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.