Channel 4 orders Rufus Jones sitcom series Home

Friday 8th June 2018, 12:01am

  • Channel 4 has ordered Home, a sitcom series created by W1A star Rufus Jones
  • The series focuses on a family who end up housing a Syrian refugee who hid in their car
  • The comedy was piloted in 2017 as part of the Comedy Blaps strand
Home. Image shows from L to R: John (Oaklee Pendergast), Katy (Rebekah Staton), Peter (Rufus Jones)

Channel 4 has ordered Home, a sitcom series written by and starring W1A, Camping and Hunderby actor Rufus Jones.

The comedy focuses on a Syrian refugee who ends up living with a family in suburbia.

The six episode series order follows on from a pilot episode (pictured), which was made as part of the Comedy Blaps strand in 2017.

Talking about the plot of the series, Channel 4 explains: "When new couple Peter (Rufus Jones) and Katy - and Katy's son John - go on their first family holiday to France, the plan is to bring back a tan, a few happy memories and six crates of vintage champagne. What they actually bring back is going to come as a big surprise...

"Home follows the experience of Sami, a Syrian refugee who enters Britain illegally to claim asylum. Living in with Peter, Katy and John, Sami and his adoptive family discover and come to terms with what a home really means."

The channel adds: "The plight of Syrian refugees has been recorded and explored many times by documentary-makers, but in Home Rufus Jones has penned a warm, touching and deftly surprising modern sitcom which gets to the very essence of home and family."

Rufus Jones says: "I'm made up that Channel 4 have allowed me to tell this story, alongside a very special cast and crew. It has become something of a passion project. If you're only going to invite one refugee into your house this year, make it this one. Actually, make it a real one, then this one. Thanks."

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, explains: "Home got us with its heart and conviction to tell an important story about family, strangers, identity and the fragile ties that both bind us and pull us apart. It's full of warmth, boldness and characters we hope viewers will really take to their hearts. We're delighted to have it on Channel 4."

Alan Marke and Jim Reid, Executive producers at production company Channel X, comment: "Channel X North are very excited to be working with the incredibly talented Rufus Jones and [producer] Adam Tandy on this groundbreaking comedy for Channel 4."

Below is the 13-minute pilot:

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