Comedy

David Mitchell, Robert Webb and writer Simon Blackwell discuss series two of Back

Robert Webb and David Mitchell

Mitchell is Stephen, a man who has failed as a husband, a lawyer and at running his late father’s pub. Worse, he’s been usurped in his family’s affections by the charismatic Andrew (Webb), supposedly a former foster child of Stephen’s parents.

“I like to pay the comic mattress on which people jump up and down – there’s a lot of comedy and fun acting to be had from the character that things are happening to,” said Mitchell.

He described Stephen as “disappointed and self-loathing and endlessly self-doubting, also intelligent and little bit angry.”

How a parenting nightmare inspired Sky One’s Breeders

The dream occurred five or six years ago. “I knew I’d gone through this many times in real life. I was going up the stairs to shout at my children,” he recalls.     

“With each step I was talking myself down ‘You know you’re better than this and they won’t respond positively.’  

“I thought I’d got the better of my temper before I opened the children’s bedroom door, but I opened the door and exploded.”  

BBC Three commissions new entertainment show from Dane Baptiste

At its centre is the mythical NASBLAQ, a Stock index for diverse talent which controls their movement up and down the ladder of fame.

In this pilot, Dane and his cast will investigate the workings of the NASBLAQ and attempt to crack the code to success with a series of sketches, stunts, interviews and social campaigns.

US comedy series Twenties is coming to BBC Three

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Written and created by Lena Waithe, Twenties is inspired by Waithe's own life and follows Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs), an aspiring young black lesbian writer. Hattie and her friends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham) fight to realise their dreams while living in LA.

While homeless and struggling to make her dreams a reality, Hattie meets a successful writer and producer who gives her a chance and hires her as an assistant on a show.

Victoria Wood’s favourite sketches to air on BBC Two

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Chosen by Victoria herself, the sketches were listed in one of her personal notebooks discovered after her death.

The two episodes will show footage ranging across Victoria’s 40-year career, including unseen insights into her life with clips from her own personal archive.

With a magnificent back catalogue of hilarious comedy moments, Victoria Wood’s Secret List will offer viewers a unique look at Victoria’s most loved comedy sketches.

Two new After Ever After comedies from David Walliams are coming to Sky

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Sky One original Jack and The Beanstalk: After Ever After was created and written by The Dawson Brother and David Walliams.

Walliams will take on the role of the feared giant, with Sheridan Smith playing The Woman with No Name, who is known as the best giant-slayer in the village, and Blake Harrison stars as Dodgy Dave, a sneaky market stall trader who originally sold Jack the magic beans.

The one-off Christmas special will tell the story of what happens after the ‘happily ever after’, with the original story ending with Jack seeming to have defeated the giant.

BBC Three acquires new comedy Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens

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Created and executive produced by actor, writer and rapper Awkwafina, the ten-part series is based on her real life and sees Awkwafina play Nora Linn, a young woman trying to navigate adult life while living in the outer borough of Queens.

As she tries to deal with the ups and downs of forging her own path and moving towards financial independence, she has the support of her family in her cousin Edmund (Bowen Yang), dad Wally (BD Wong) and Grandma (Lori Tann Chinn).

BBC Two announces new comedy series Brain in Gear

The series, written by and starring Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam), is a flat-share comedy centred around Remi, a normal single woman in her twenties who is battling anxiety in the form of her two alter egos, Boss Bitch Remi and Dark Remi.

With one voice telling her to seize the day and the other urging her to curl up in bed all day, Remi attempts to navigate everyday life with the conflict of her inner voices pulling her in opposite directions.

BBC Two announces new comedy slate

Starting in May, Thursday nights will feature a full comedy slot, with a new series from the creators of The Inbetweeners called The First Team, which will run alongside the new series of QI.

Later in the year, they will be replaced by the second series of What We Do In The Shadows, starring Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou and Kayvan Novak, and There She Goes, with David Tennant and Jessica Hynes.