Previously announced under the working title Afternoons, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley's six-part series is now in production. It follows three young football players recently signed to a fictional Premier League club.
Whilst they have worked together on developing projects as producers via their production company Fudge Park, The First Team will be Iain Morris and Damon Beesley's first show as co-writers since their massive success with The Inbetweeners series and films. The show is set to air on BBC Two.
The BBC says: "The First Team follows the off-the-pitch misadventures of three young football players as they find themselves struggling with their mercurial Italian manager Cesare, the team's eccentric American Chairman, resident hard-man Petey Brooks and ineffectual coach Chris Booth."
Italian actor Paolo Sassanelli will play the manager, Cesare.
Gregor Sharp, the BBC Commissioning Editor, comments: "Iain and Damon have created a series about a group of ordinary young men in an extraordinary world. It's completely authentic, full of observation and insight, as well as their trademark gift for comic set piece and they've assembled an amazing team to bring it to life. We can't wait to see the results."
Tom Werner, who has worked on American sitcoms such as Roseanne and That '70s Show is working on the project as an executive producer.
Jonathan Blyth, director of comedy at BBC Studios, adds: "Iain, Damon and Tom have pulled together a fantastic international cast that I think audiences around the world will love! This is such an exciting collaboration for us, and I look forward to seeing the cast dazzle on screen."
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