Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan star in Sky's Romantic Getaway

ExclusiveThursday 24th March 2022, 10:00am by Jay Richardson

Image shows from L to R: Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan

Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan are making a romantic comedy for Sky, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

The broadcaster has ordered six hour-long episodes of Romantic Getaway, with Shaun Wilson (Frayed, The Young Offenders) directing and Caroline Norris (Motherland, The Other One) producing.

Made by Ranganathan and Benjamin Green's company Ranga Bee, Romantic Getaway is the first project for the independent production house in its first-look script deal with Sky Studios, whose director of comedy Jon Mountague is executive producing.

Ryan and Ranganathan play a couple in the series but further casting details have yet to emerge. BCG understands that Romantic Getaway was scripted in a US-style writers' room convened by Green (Asian Provocateur, Just Another Immigrant).

Ranganathan previously made a 2015 BBC short, Rom-Com, in which he starred alongside Aisling Bea, with the pair playing a couple on their first date.

Currently appearing on BBC Two in the third series of his Misadventures travelogue and making the BBC One sitcom Avoidance, in which he stars as a confrontation-shy father kicked out of the house by his partner (Jessica Knappett), Ranganathan has an established relationship with Sky.

The comic has made two series of his semi-autobiographical sitcom The Reluctant Landlord with the broadcaster, as well as Romesh Presents, the 2019 shorts showcase of upcoming comedians, plus regular appearances on sports panel show A League Of Their Own, which he now hosts.

Rob And Romesh Vs, his challenge series with Rob Beckett in which they try their hands at various sports and performing arts, returns for a fourth series soon, with the pair trying to become strongmen and making a return to London's West End entertainment scene.

The duo will also feature together in the comedian-heavy second series of ITV's upcoming ancestry show DNA Journey, alongside Joel Dommett and Tom Allen and the Gavin & Stacey reunion of Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb.

Meanwhile, Romantic Getaway is Ryan's first acting role since Sky's 2020 dramatisation of the first meeting between Joan Rivers and Barbra Streisand in the Urban Myth short When Joan Kissed Barbra, which followed soon after the comedian's own comedy drama on Netflix, The Duchess.

Ryan is currently touring her stand-up show Missus around the UK, while Ranganathan is also on the road with his The Cynic's Mixtape show and appears at the Hackney Empire tonight for the first live recording of his Wolf And Owl podcast with Tom Davis.

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