Sara Pascoe gets BBC Two sitcom

Wednesday 21st August 2019, 2:45pm

Sara Pascoe. Copyright: Idil Sukan

Sara Pascoe has been given her own BBC Two sitcom.

The currently untitled project will be executive produced by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost through their production company, Stolen Picture.

The commission follows the success of 2018 Comedy Short pilot Sara Pascoe Vs Monogamy. A semi-narrative comedy, it saw Pascoe factually exploring the topic of monogamy through scripted scenes and to-camera elements.

BBC Two describe the new series as "about family, relationships and biology", explaining: "The award-winning comedian subverts the traditional sitcom format by combining her eccentric characters, surreal moments and factual insight."

Producers say: "Sara Pascoe doesn't know why everyone else in the world is pairing up and having babies and sets out on a mission to understand them. She tries to prove that romantic love is mere chemicals and conditioning and doesn't deserve our respect. This conflicts a little with preparations for her sister's wedding, and her best friend's first pregnancy.

"The show is a full-hearted, full-brained approach to narrative comedy with characters that are full of life (apart from one ghost)."

Both the pilot and the new series are inspired by Pascoe's fascinating with anthropology, a subject upon which she has now penned two books: Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body, and Sex Power Money, which will be published next week.

Sara Pascoe says: "I'm obsessed with family dynamics, sex, hope and the reasons underlying why humans behave as we do. My new series gives me a chance to explore all of these things in a funny, silly way, buoyed up by the research I've done for my two books."

Simon Pegg, Stolen Picture co-founder, said: "We're thrilled to be collaborating with Sara at Stolen Picture. She is without doubt, one of the sharpest minds and the funniest voices working in comedy today."

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, says: "Sara's eclectic comic mind and unconventional approach to story-telling combine to deliver a truly inventive show."

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