Comedian Romesh Ranganathan will write and star in a new six-part comedy series for BBC One and iPlayer called Avoidance.
Created alongside Benjamin Green (An Idiot Abroad), who also directs the series, Ranganathan leads Avoidance as Jonathan, a man with severe conflict avoidance issues whose life revolves around his nine-year-old son Spencer.
Having always deferred any decision, big or small, to his partner Claire (Jessica Knappett, Ghosts), Jonathan is finally forced to face conflict when Claire asks him to leave. With no home, no friends and no ambition, Jonathan has only one goal: to preserve his son’s happiness in the wake of his parents’ break-up.
In an attempt to grow a backbone, Jonathan runs away with his son Spencer, but only makes it as far as his sister Danielle’s (Mandeep Dhillon, After Life) house, where she lives with her wife Courtney (Lisa McGrillis, The Pass). The mismatched foursome soon grows into a loving but completely dysfunctional family unit, as Jonathan tries his best to avoid passing his own failings on to his son.
Romesh Ranganathan commented: "Ben and I first conceived this idea in 2017 and have been thinking about it on and off ever since, so if it disappeared after one series it would be really annoying. If I say the BBC have committed to three series in this quote, do they have to honour that?"
Benjamin Green, co-creator and co-founder of Ranga Bee, added: "It was not exactly a tough ask for Romesh and myself to imagine what life would be like for a useless, conflict averse, procrastinating Beta male. It was trickier to work out what would happen if he was actually forced to change.
“We are delighted the BBC have allowed us to make a show for all those people that cannot turn an invitation down or tell a waiter they have the wrong order and especially for those poor souls that have to live with them."
Broadcast details and further casting for Avoidance will be confirmed in due course.