The Goes Wrong Show gets second series

Friday 14th February 2020, 12:23pm

  • BBC One has ordered another six episodes of The Goes Wrong Show
  • The anthology comedy comes from the team behind a string of West End stage hits
  • Six new episodes are being written by the Mischief Theatre team
The Goes Wrong Show. Image shows from L to R: Vanessa (Bryony Corrigan), Dennis (Jonathan Sayer), Sandra (Charlie Russell), Chris (Henry Shields). Copyright: Mischief Screen.

BBC One has ordered a second series of The Goes Wrong Show.

Written by the founding trio of Mischief Theatre (pictured below), the anthology sitcom consists of individual plays ostensibly performed by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society.

However, under-rehearsed, severely lacking in talent and constrained by budget, each inevitably goes disastrously awry, leading to regular mishaps with props; injuries; costume problems; and set malfunctions.

The ensemble comedy series stars the full regular Mischief team, whose touring and West End successes include The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Magic Goes Wrong and Groan Ups.

They are Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask; plus founding writer-performers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.

Also confirming the previously reported recommission of King Gary, Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, said today: "These two shows are jam packed with colourful characters and family friendly jokes which embody the BBC's unique commitment to cross generational comedy starring UK talent at the heart of them.

The Goes Wrong Show. Image shows from L to R: Chris (Henry Shields), Dennis (Jonathan Sayer), Robert (Henry Lewis).

"The iPlayer figures have transformed comedy's fortunes as the very healthy uplift in consolidated viewing and young audiences brings renewed faith in a genre where shows continue to be increasingly popular and discovered by new audiences over the months and years and even decades that follow."

Chris Bean, Director of the Cornley Drama Society, says: "We are delighted, if not a little surprised to have been commissioned to create a second series of The Goes Wrong Show. It's no secret that we hit a few snags during production of the first series, but these snags were almost all caused by poor communication. To remedy that for the second series we are issuing all employees with five telephones."

Mischief previously produced BBC One Christmas specials A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong and, adapted from their hit stage show, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and have appeared to acclaim on The Royal Variety Performance on a number of occasions.

Produced by Mischief Screen and Big Talk Productions, six new half-hour episodes have now been commissioned, following Series 1 - aired between 23rd December 2019 and 31st January 2020 - gaining a reported average of 2.2 million viewers per episode.

The Series 1 DVD was released on Monday.

Mischief's latest stage production, Magic Goes Wrong, is currently playing in London's West End, with magic tricks created by internationally acclaimed US illusionists Penn & Teller. Tickets are currently available up to the end of August.


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The Goes Wrong Show - Series 1

The Goes Wrong Show - Series 1

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society undertake another (overly) ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde.

Six brand new, hand-crafted, half hours of theatrical catastrophe include the gripping courtroom drama A Trial To Watch and World War II spy thriller The Pilot (which is not the pilot). The Goes Wrong Show is simply Mischief's biggest disaster yet.

First released: Monday 10th February 2020

  • Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 175
  • Subtitles: English

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