Greg Davies's therapy comedy Safe Space gets Sky series

Monday 25th January 2021, 9:03am by Jay Richardson

Sky TV, Up Next Event, Wednesday 12 February, Tate Modern. Greg Davies. Copyright: Sky.

Greg Davies's therapy comedy Safe Space has been given a series by Sky.

The comedian stars as demotivated psychotherapist Michael Leer in the eight-part Sky One comedy drama. Raquel Cassidy (Uncle) is his wife Lucy and Adam James (Johnny English Strikes Again) plays embattled MP Owen Carter.

Producers explain: "Living in a small English market town, Michael seems a likable eccentric and one of life's listeners - a safe pair of hands. His career is going nowhere fast though until he meets Carter, his rising star local MP, whereupon a dark web of revelations lead to a serious breach of client confidentially.

"Unbeknownst to them, Michael's clients are sharing their innermost secrets and fears with a fantasist who will no longer sit in the shadows. The advice Michael Leer dispenses is that which suits his own desperate need to control them. For Michael's clients their 'safe space' is no longer safe at all."

Davies co-writes the series with Stephen Morrison, with whom he previously collaborated on Channel 4 sitcom Man Down. Richard Laxton (Mum) directs and Spencer Millman (Man Down, The Inbetweeners) produces for Avalon Television, the production arm of Davies's management.

Davies also executive produces the comedy drama with James Taylor, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, and Toby Welch. Safe Space was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky's managing director of content and Jon Mountague, director of comedy at Sky Studios, and is expected to air in 2022.

The commission follows a successful pilot shot in Hertfordshire and London in October and November.

This year looks set to be a busy one for Davies. As well as presiding over the eleventh series of Taskmaster for Channel 4, he has written and stars as a crime scene cleaner in BBC One's sitcom The Cleaner and has been linked to hosting Sky One's reboot of music panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.


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