David Tennant and Michael Sheen star in lockdown comedy Staged

Friday 22nd May 2020, 11:30am

Staged. Image shows from L to R: David (David Tennant), Michael (Michael Sheen).

BBC One is making Staged, a lockdown comedy series starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

The comedy focuses on the cast of a play - the cream of the crop of British acting talent - who are furloughed when their upcoming West End production is suddenly brought to a halt. The series follows the cast as they try their best to keep the rehearsals on track in lockdown.

The series will reunite Tennant and Sheen, who previously starred alongside each other in Good Omens. The show will also feature a number of other actors.

Six episodes, each 15 minutes long, are being filmed. The format is based on an original idea by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, with the show written and directed by Evans.

The BBC explains: "Absurd and humorous in equal measure, Staged takes on the challenges of creating a drama in lockdown, on stage and off, with a line-up including Georgia Tennant, Lucy Eaton and Anna Lundberg. The show will also have a selection of guest stars including Nina Sosanya, with more to be confirmed in due course."

BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore says: "It's so important that the BBC provides moments of humour and light relief and this mischievous idea shows what great sports Michael and David are."

The corporation adds: "Production companies Infinity Hill and GCB Films are following the latest Government guidelines on Covid-19 to ensure that the series is made safely and responsibly, using a combination of self-shooting and video conferencing technology, all in accordance with the latest protocols."

Staged will air in June 2020 on BBC One.

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