BBC Three orders Ellie & Natasia series

Wednesday 25th March 2020, 10:33am

Ellie & Natasia. Image shows from L to R: Natasia Demetriou, Ellie White. Copyright: CPL Productions.

BBC Three has ordered a series of Ellie & Natasia, the sketch show starring Ellie White and Natasia Demetriou.

The BBC says: "Ellie & Natasia is a sketch show series written and performed by triple threats Ellie White and Natasia Demetriou. It's a show that gives voice to characters like the active-wear mums and thick as pigs Trustafarians, as well as original takes on current pop trends and anxiety. It's the perfect sketch show for anyone that shares their passion for coffee and snakes."

The stars say: "In the midst of a pandemic, the humble sketch is a shining light of hope and we are happy and honoured to be those torch bearers, with love Ellie and Natasia."

Harry Hill, who is an executive producer on the series, comments: "Thrilled to hear that the BBC have rewarded the best new British double act since Vic & Bob with a series."

Six 15 minute episodes have been ordered. The full series follows on from the pilot episode, which was published in June.

The BBC explains: "Ellie & Natasia was a Slice (formerly known as a Comedy Feeds) for BBC Three in 2019, and follows in the footsteps of many other Slices that have gone on to become big hits such as People Just Do Nothing, Man Like Mobeen, A Brief History Of Tim [which became Jerk], Josh and the upcoming In My Skin."

The show has been commissioned alongside two other sketch shows; Lazy Susan and a third series of Famalam.

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: "The UK has a long and rich history of multi-character sketch comedy; these new shows carry that flame at a time when we need comedy to burn bright. The talents involved celebrate all that is wonderful about the British spirit and character to demonstrate that laughter really is the best medicine."

Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, says: "BBC Three has always been a channel that places huge value in nurturing new talent so we're really happy that we're taking Ellie & Natasia and Lazy Susan, two comedies from female comedy voices, to series. Famalam has been a huge hit for us, both on iPlayer and on social, and we're looking forward to seeing what comes next from these unique, comedy talents."

Broadcast details for the series will be announced in due course.

Below is a clip from the pilot:

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