With Arthur Mathews also on the writing team, Shush! was piloted in 2006 and 2008 as a TV sitcom, with Armando Iannucci acting as producer. However, the BBC TV executives at the time passed on the format, and thus neither of the recordings have been broadcast on TV.
Talking about the new version of the show, which will be broadcast on Radio 4, the BBC says: "Shush! is a hilarious new sitcom set in, yes, a library, but no ordinary library. This is the library overseen and run by the most unlikely pairing since Mills met Boon."
Rebecca Front will play Alice, a former child prodigy who won a place at Cambridge aged nine and is scared of everything... everything that is, except libraries.
Morwenna Banks will take on the role of Snoo, a slightly confused individual with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, hairstyles and reality. Snoo loves books, particularly when giving their front covers a nice polish with a bit of Pledge so they scrub up lovely.
Footage from the TV pilot is available to watch on Vimeo