Michael Spicer: Before Next Door
Semi-autobiographical sitcom based on Michael Spicer's rise to internet stardom
- 8th October: Radio 4 orders Michael Spicer sitcom series
- BBC Radio 4
- Michael Spicer, Ellie Taylor and Joanna Neary
- Michael Spicer
- Matt Tiller
What happens when a socially awkward and neurotic part-time comedian becomes a global internet sensation?
Michael Spicer: Before Next Door charts Michael's real-life progress, sort of, as his Room Next Door videos amass tens of millions of views online and win him acclaim for his comedy, at last. But how will Michael cope? Will this married, father of two ever be able to quit his day job as a copywriter for a kitchen worktop company? And why is the broadcaster Peter Curran in his house?
After twenty years of producing comedy under the radar, Michael is now on the cusp of leaving the office behind and - with the help of his wife Roberta - making a career out of being funny. However, the road to fame for an ordinary person like Michael is a frightening one with sharp corners and hairy bends, like the dual carriageway on the A90 between Stonehaven and Aberdeen, for example.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Thursday 18th June 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
- Episode length
- 30 minutes