Sky orders Chris O'Dowd sitcom from Little Crackers short
The IT Crowd star Chris O'Dowd has penned and is due to co-star in his own Sky1 sitcom, the broadcaster has confirmed.
Previously mentioned by O'Dowd on Channel 4's chat show Fern in April, the series is a semi-autobiographical comedy, inspired by his 2010 Little Crackers short, Capturing Santa.
The series will focus on 11-year old Martin Moone, the youngest child in a family in small-town Ireland in the late 1980s and early 1990s, whose fertile imagination gives birth to an imaginary friend, Sean, a role to be played by O'Dowd.
Martin, who has a "unique perspective on life", constantly devises ridiculous schemes to help himself cope with family life - often against Sean's better judgement. His vivid, cartoonish drawings will be brought to life with animation throughout the 6-part series.
Chris O'Dowd says: "Moone Boy is a fantastic comedy which centres on a ten year old boy who has an imaginary friend. It is set in the late eighties/early nineties and all of the experiences are ones that I had. It's a really funny show which has loads of animation and a number of laughs that I hope people will love."
A co-production between Baby Cow, Sprout Pictures, Hod Cod Productions and Grand Pictures, Moone Boy will begin filming in early 2012 and is scheduled for broadcast in the summer.
All six episodes have been written by O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy, and will also star Steve Coogan, co-founder of Baby Cow, and Johnny Vegas. The role of Martin has yet to be cast, and the series will be filmed on location in Dublin and O'Dowd's home town of Boyle.
Moone Boy will be Sky's first commission off the back of a Little Crackers short. The series of festive specials returns for a second series on Sunday 18th December.
The following clip is from the original short, Capturing Santa.
The comedy troupe So On & So Forth have been given their own BBC Radio 4 sketch show series.
Lee Evans, one of the UK's best known stand-up comedians, has unexpectedly announced that he is going to retire from comedy at the end of the month.
Paddy McGuinness is to return to comedy acting with a role in ITV's new sitcom series about midwifes, The Delivery Man.
Comedy Central has confirmed the commission of a new studio sitcom, I Live With Models.
The BBC has revealed its Magna Carta celebration season, to include new Horrible Histories, and new programmes from Rory Bremner, Kayvan Novak, and others.
UKTV has announced it is increasing its investment in original scripted comedy, with a commitment to make five new shows for Gold in 2015.