Jam and Jerusalem a hit, Blunder flops
It received mixed reviews, but the new Jennifer Saunders/Dawn French vehicle, Jam and Jerusalem, pulled in 6.7 million viewers on Friday evening despite going head to head with ITV1's "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" (which attracted 7.6 million viewers). The cast of the BBC1 sitcom, which takes an affectionate look at village life, also includes Pauline McLynn, Joanna Lumley and Sally Phillips.
Also on Friday evening, Channel 4’s new ensemble sketch show, Blunder, tanked with just 513,000 viewers.
ITV will return to the London Palladium in 2015 for a second revived series of the comic variety format.
Prolific British comedy writing team The Dawson Brothers are working on The Spencer Tapes, a sitcom for NBC in America.
A second attempt is to be made to re-work Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd for American audiences. Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence is working on a NBC pilot.
Moone Boy, the Sky sitcom created by Chris O'Dowd, is to be re-made by the US television network ABC.
Channel 4 has confirmed that its topical comedy show 10 O'Clock Live starring Charlie Brooker, Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell and Lauren Laverne will not return.
Last Of The Summer Wine Producer and Director Alan J W Bell has filmed a spin-off pilot starring Ken Kitson and Louis Emerick as policemen Cooper and Walsh.