Free Agents looks set for a full series
Free Agents, one of the six pilots featured in Channel 4's Comedy Showcase strand, looks likely to be given the go ahead for a full series. If so, it will become the third pilot from last year's strand to be given the greenlight, following in the footsteps of Plus One and The Kevin Bishop Show.
Stephen Mangan, the star of Free Agents, told The Stage newspaper that a full series of the comedy is to be filmed this summer. When asked, a spokesman for Channel 4 said that plans for a full series were indeed currently in the pipeline, but also added that nothing had been definitely confirmed yet.
The original pilot saw Mangan play the role of Alex, a talent agent in the middle of divorce. The series also co-starred Anthony Head (Little Britain) and Sharon Horgan (Pulling). According to Mangan the full series will continue the "will they, won't they?" plot.
Written by Chris Niel, Free Agents is produced by Bwark, the company that also produced Sharon Horgan's recent Channel Five sitcom Angelo's.
Meanwhile Stephen Mangan is due to star in the new BBC Two sitcom about a recovering alcoholic. Never Better will form part of the channel's Thursdays are Funny line-up from the 10th January. The actor has also said that he is working on a new American series in early 2008, but has declined to say what.
Prolific actress Dora Bryan, who featured in comedies as diverse as Catterick, dinnerladies, and Carry On Sergeant, has died.
Chris Barrie has expressed an interest in starring in a revival of the hit 1990s BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire.
Filming has started on Series 3 of BBC Three sitcom Some Girls.
Bill Bailey has hosted a pilot episode of a revival of the classic TV quiz show format Name That Tune.
Give Out Girls, the Sky Living sitcom set around a group of promo girls, is switching to Comedy Central.
Nina Conti is to present a new BBC Two show called Nina Conti's Va-Va-Riety Show. The programme is described as 'a modern take on the traditional variety show'.