Matt Berry sitcom among new Channel 4 commissions

Matt Berry sitcom among new Channel 4 commissions

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Year of the Rabbit on Channel 4 (Credit: Channel 4)

Matt Berry is to star in an irreverent and unhinged Channel 4 sitcom set in Victorian London.

Year of the Rabbit features Detective Inspector Rabbit (Berry), a reckless heavy-drinking (Victorian) London cop, and his hapless ineffectual partner, played by Freddie Fox (Cucumber, Parade’s End).

While the pair investigate a local murder, the tough-talking and insightful adoptive daughter of the chief of police (Susan Wokoma – Chewing Gum, Crazyhead) joins them – incidentally becoming the nation’s first female officer.

Together the trio fight crime, whilst rubbing shoulders with some of the leanest, meanest criminals London has to offer – as well as some of the more high falutin’ members of Victoria society.

Channel 4’s Fiona McDermott explained the show, saying “Imagine The Sweeney in Victorian England and you’re getting close to the heady misguided machismo that runs rife in this series.”

Channel 4 has also recommissioned Roisin Conaty’s self-penned sitcom GameFace for a second series, promoting it from E4 to Channel 4. The series follows 30-something year old aspiring actress Marcella and she struggles with growing up, overcoming heartbreak and living your dreams.

Additionally the channel has announced an original factual entertainment series, The Beach, which asks Brits to strip off for body confidence.

Each week three Brits who struggle with their looks will join scientist Dr Keon West and campaigner Natasha Devon MBE at a bespoke retreat where they will be surrounded by a cast of near-naked body confident Brits of varying shapes and sizes.

The hosts – wearing little but ornate body paint – will try to help the three guests to love themselves and the skin they’re in.

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Matt Berry is to star in an irreverent and unhinged Channel 4 sitcom set in Victorian London.