UKTV Dave orders undercover policeman pilot
Digital channel Dave has reportedly ordered a sitcom pilot based around an undercover police officer.
According to TV Wise, commissioners at the network have given the green light for a broadcast pilot of Undercover, a project described as a spoof in the vein of Police Squad and A Touch Of Cloth.
Undercover has been written by Sacha Alexander (The Gigolos), Simon Dean (Headcases, Miranda) and Andy Milligan (The Sunday Night Project, Keith Lemon's LemonAid). Details about the acting talent involved in the pilot have not yet been revealed.
The pilot follows Chris, an undercover cop who has infiltrated an Armenian crime family. A former traffic cop, metrosexual Chris is over-analytical and way out of his depth.
Chris is tasked with bringing the family down, and he hopes to impress his tough handler Zoe in doing so. However, to complicate matters, he is just beginning to 'enjoy being part of a family he never had' and is getting used to the new found powers that being linked to a gangster family brings.
The project, which has been in development for more than two years, is a co-production between the relatively new Bonafide Films and established comedy producers Baby Cow.
Baby Cow Productions is currently working on a number of projects, including further series of Moone Boy, Starlings and Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters for Sky; and Peter Kay's new spoof, Malachy's Millions, for Channel 4. Meanwhile, Bonafide Films has filmed a teaser for the BBC called Little Bastard, with Daniel Rigby in the lead role.
Undercover will be screened on Dave in 2013. The channel has yet to officially announce what comedy projects it has in development for next year, however a new series of panel show Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask has already been filmed and is expected to broadcast by mid Spring.
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