Lenny Henry's radio sitcom set for TV move
Lenny Henry, who earlier this week announced he was separating from Dawn French, his wife of 25 years, could soon be starring in a new BBC One sitcom.
Trade magazine Broadcast says the BBC are looking to develop a TV version of Rudy's Rare Records, the radio sitcom in which he stars.
Rudy's Rare Records has - so far - run for two series on Radio 4, with the most recent series broadcasting last year. The comedy, written by Henry with Dan Tetsell, is set in a tiny down-at-heel reggae and ska music shop in Birmingham. Larrington Walker plays the charismatic but lazy shop owner Rudy Sharpe, with Henry as his long-suffering neurotic son Adam.
Following the success of Miranda, a show which started life as Miranda Hart's Joke Shop on Radio 2, the BBC is now looking to transfer more of its hit radio sitcom formats to TV. Rudy's Rare Records is thought to fit the bill very neatly, as not only is the comedy suitable for family viewing, but it is also performed in front of a live audience - two things the BBC is looking to focus on increasing.
A read-through for the TV version of Rudy's Rare Records took place recently, and the formal commissioning pitch is due to take place soon.
Sarah Solemani, Mathew Horne and Harry Enfield have now all been confirmed to be appearing in The Bad Education Movie.
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer will tour the country later this year with their Poignant Moments show, celebrating 25 years of their double-act.
Channel 4 has confirmed a sixth year of its Comedy Gala fundraiser in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Jack Whitehall has confirmed that his hit BBC Three sitcom Bad Education is to become a movie. Filming is now underway in Cornwall.
Funz And Gamez, the award-winning live comedy show hosted by Phil Ellis, is to be piloted as a TV show by the BBC.
BBC Scotland has unveiled its comedy plans for 2015. They include a full series for Two Doors Down, and the return of Burnistoun and Scot Squad.