Danielle Vitalis joins Famalam Series 3

Wednesday 25th March 2020, 11:00am

Danielle Vitalis.

Danielle Vitalis is joining the cast of sketch show Famalam.

The actor, who plays Teeka in pizza delivery sitcom Sliced and has also appeared in shows such as Horrible Histories and Stath Lets Flats, will be a regular performer in the new third series.

The BBC confirms: "The show makes a welcome return later this year for a third series. Vivienne Acheampong, Samson Kayo, Gbemisola Ikumelo, John Macmillan and Tom Moutchi return with new cast member Danielle Vitalis."

Vitalis says: "What a wonderful experience to be able to play in so many different worlds that are all so familiar to me and my peers. Best job ever!"

Famalam. Image shows from L to R: Gbemisola Ikumelo, Tom Moutchi, Roxy Sternberg, Samson Kayo, Vivienne Acheampong, John MacMillan. Copyright: BBC Studios.

The third series of Famalam, which was announced in June, is aiming to continue to grow the success of the format. Two of the clips from the second series are now amongst the most viewed videos on BBC social media channels; Turf Wars has been viewed over 30 million times and No White Jesus stands at 27.5 million views.

Famalam has received a number of award nominations since the series began. In 2019 writer, producer and composer Akemnji Ndifornyen won a BAFTA Craft Award for Breakthrough Talent and cast member Samson Kayo has received both BAFTA and RTS Award nominations. Series 1 was nominated for a Screenwriters Award in 2018 and the show has recently been nominated in the best comedy series category at the Edinburgh TV Awards 2019.

The five new episodes of Famalam will arrive on BBC Three later this year, alongside two other sketch shows, Ellie & Natasia and Lazy Susan].

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."

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