Lazy Susan get sketch show series

Wednesday 25th March 2020, 10:44am

Lazy Susan. Image shows from L to R: Celeste Dring, Freya Parker. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

BBC Three has ordered a series of Lazy Susan, the sketch show starring Freya Parker and Celeste Dring.

The BBC has ordered four 15 minute episodes, following the success of the pilot episode, which was shown last August.

The BBC confirms: "Lazy Susan, from comedy duo Freya Parker and Celeste Dring, will be bursting back onto screens after their wonderful debut last year. Expect more of their razor-sharp yet fully idiotic comedy, where recognisable characters rub up against dark observation. Surreal moments will be punctuated by astute insights into what it means to be a woman in 2020; parties, pressure, contouring and, of course, fear!

"There'll be more from some of the best loved characters from the short, including Megan and Michaela, who still just 'don't want any drama tonight', and many all-new creations of relatable, smart and surprising sketches.

"Sharply written and full of joy, Lazy Susan will be an even bigger platform to house moments of variety, ambitious originality and above all hilarity, all brought together by Freya and Celeste playing versions of themselves in a friendship we're invited to join."

The stars say: "We are so grateful to the BBC for letting us stage our radical re-imagining of Hamlet on Ice."

Amy Annette and Katie Churchill, producers for production company Tiger Aspect, comment: "We were so thrilled by the reaction to the short from comedy fans, comedians and commenters online. So it's our great joy to be bringing more of Freya and Celeste's idiotic genius to BBC Three."

Damian Kavanagh, managing director for Tiger Aspect, adds: "We were so pleased to be a part of Freya and Celeste's first TV commission as Lazy Susan, and to now work with them to bring this Lazy Susan sketch show to series on BBC Three. Tiger Aspect has built a reputation of being a home for brilliant talent to find their TV feet, and of working with that talent throughout their career - we can't wait to be making shows with Freya and Celeste for years to come."

Lazy Susan is the latest success for the BBC's Comedy Shorts strand. The BBC explains: "Lazy Susan was a Comedy Short for iPlayer and BBC Two and follows in the footsteps of Spencer Jones's The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk, as well as two upcoming shows; Mandy from Diane Morgan and Out Of Her Mind from Sara Pascoe, in being given a full series."

The show has been commissioned alongside two other sketch shows; Ellie & Natasia 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.

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