Dominic Cooper to star in Sky comedy pilot Peacock

Wednesday 14th November 2018, 5:14pm

Dominic Cooper.

Dominic Cooper is to star in a TV sitcom pilot about a physical training instructor who works in a gym.

US industry website Deadline reports that the Mamma Mia! actor will play Andy Peacock in the pilot, a physical training instructor in a mid-market gym "where the punters are obsessed with selfies and Instagram".

A pilot episode of Peacock will be filmed shortly for Sky One. It is not intended for broadcast, but will be used by the network to decide whether to order a series or not.

The comedy has been written by and will be directed by Steve Stamp and Ben Murray. The duo, who have been friends since school, have previously worked together on People Just Do Nothing. Stamp plays Steves in the hit sitcom, whilst Murray contributed material to the first two series. He has since made Wannabe, the BBC Three sitcom starring PJDN's Lily Brazier.

The sitcom is being produced by Big Talk, the company behind shows including Friday Night Dinner, Mum and Timewasters. Kenton Allen and Saurabh Kakkar are the executive producers.

If picked up as a series, Peacock will be Dominic Cooper's first major TV comedy role. He previously appeared in an episode of Horne & Corden and had parts in the films Tamara Drewe and The Lady In The Van, but has not appeared in a sitcom before. In recent years he has been best known as Jesse Custer in the American fantasy drama series Preacher.

Peacock has yet to be announced by Sky. Further details about the project are expected in due course.

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