Matt Berry sitcom Toast Of London set for series
Story update, 10th May: Six-part commission confirmed. Channel 4's Rachel Springett says "We are thrilled to be making a series of Toast Of London with the exceptionally talented Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry. After appearing in The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Matt Berry is ready for his own show; and combined with the comic brilliance of Arthur Matthews, it makes for an exciting and tantalising project - the perfect fit for comedy on Channel 4."
Toast Of London, the Channel 4 pilot starring Matt Berry as a dramatic actor, is reportedly on the brink of being given a full series.
Broadcast Now reports that the network has ordered more scripts from producers Objective Productions and is likely to commission a series of the show based on these.
A Channel 4 spokesperson told the television trade magazine: "Following on from the successful pilot in last year's Funny Fortnight, we have commissioned additional scripts for Toast Of London."
The comedy saw Berry play Steven Toast, a successful TV drama and stage actor who has committed a career faux pas by starring in a controversial new West End play. The production is considered so outrageous that Toast is frequently attacked by appalled members of the British public.
A hint the show may be about to return was first leaked via Twitter, when Times journalist Caitlin Moran posted on Wednesday: "Congratulations on the third funniest man in the world - Matt Berry aka @porksmith - for getting Toast commissioned as a series for C4."
The pilot of Toast Of London was broadcast in August 2012 as part of Channel 4's Funny Fortnight season of comedies marking the channel's 30th birthday. It was written by Matt Berry himself (Garth Marenghi's Darkplace) with Arthur Mathews, co-writer of Channel 4's most successful comedy, Father Ted.
The pilot also starred Robert Bathurst as Toast's friend Ed, Fiona Mollison as his agent Jane and Harry Peacock as rival Ray Purchase.
Scripts are routinely ordered speculatively by television channels before committing to full series commissions. If a full series is indeed ordered, Toast Of London will be the second of the Funny Fortnight pilots to progress. Before broadcast, the network had already ordered a full run of Bad Sugar, a spoof telenovela-style comic melodrama written by the creators of Peep Show. The pilot episode starred Olivia Colman, Julia Davis and Sharon Horgan.
Matt Berry, as he explained in a interview to promote the pilot, is also a painter and musician. He is currently working on a new music album, expected to be released in May.
Below is a clip from the pilot in which Toast meets incarcerated TV producer Cliff Promise (Geoffrey McGivern) in jail to audition for a part as a gay, corrupt police detective.
Radio 4 has ordered a second series of Trodd En Bratt Say 'Well Done You', the sketch show written by and starring Lucy Trodd and Ruth Bratt.
Harry Hill is to star in Professor Branestawm, a BBC One family comedy drama adapted by Charlie Higson from Norman Hunter's classic children's books.
Comedy Central UK is to pilot a British re-make of hit American comedy format Drunk History. Jimmy Carr will provide the voice over.
ITV is developing Good Vibrations, a TV comedy based on the autobiography by Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold.
Comedian Jason Manford is to host a new ITV comedy game show in which couples will fight to win a holiday.
Hit BBC Three satirical prank show The Revolution Will Be Televised returns to screens in October, and has now taken on the American establishment.
Angela Barnes talks about the comedy career ladder, Mock The Week, and having her GP on speed dial. Read
Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr and Peter Kay are top of a list of the UK's best known stand-ups. Read
Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria - aka EastEnd Cabaret - answer questions about each other. Read
The Women in Comedy Festival - 80+ shows across 16 Manchester venues - is on 11th to 26th October. Read
Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival have launched their 2015 Silver Comedy stand-up competition. Read
The political panel show podcast. Featuring guests including Paul Sinha, Suzi Ruffell and Mitch Benn. Listen
Tom Edge, the creator of Channel 4's Scrotal Recall writes about the show. Plus interviews with the key cast. Read
Sarah Campbell talks about getting 'lizard brain' whilst filming undercover on ITV2's Bad Bridesmaid. Read