BBC unveils 2023 TV comedy commissions

Wednesday 24th May 2023, 5:45pm

Things You Should Have Done. Image shows left to right: Lucas (Jamie Bisping), Auntie Karen (Selin Hizli), Chi (Lucia Keskin), Dave (Daniel Fearn)
  • The BBC has announced 10 TV series commissions... a mix of new and returning shows
  • Mandy and Bad Education are amongst the renewed shows, whilst new series include Ludwig starring David Mitchell
  • Revealing there were over 500 million requests for comedy on iPlayer in 2022, the BBC says: "It is a public service and needed now more than ever"

The BBC has unveiled a number of new TV comedies, as well as announcing the recommission of several popular shows, at the opening of the BBC Comedy Festival in Cardiff.

Amongst other thing, BBC commissioner Jon Petrie announced a new comedy drama starring David Mitchell and the return of Bad Education, Avoidance and Mandy.

He said: "After the success of our inaugural Comedy Festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne which allowed us to shine a light on the comedy talent in the North East, we are excited to be in Cardiff, our City of Comedy for 2023 to support comedy in Wales.

"It's no exaggeration to say that British Comedy is hugely important to television and the national cultural landscape. It is a public service and needed now more than ever. Not only do audiences consume comedy in huge numbers - there were over 500 million requests on BBC iPlayer last year - but it has also acted as a vital talent pipeline to some of the UK's most successful creatives.

"The BBC remains the biggest single investor in original comedy content in the UK. We're so proud of the depth and range of our offerings which champion British creativity and I'm delighted to announce five brand new shows and five much-loved returning series."

The announcements are...

Dinosaur. Nina (Ashley Storrie)

Dinosaur

Peacock. Andy Peacock (Allan Mustafa)

Peacock

Michelle De Swarte

Spent

David Mitchell

Ludwig

Mandy. Mandy (Diane Morgan)

Mandy

Avoidance. Image shows from L to R: Claire (Jessica Knappett), Jonathan (Romesh Ranganathan)

Avoidance

Things You Should Have Done. Image shows left to right: Lucas (Jamie Bisping), Auntie Karen (Selin Hizli), Chi (Lucia Keskin)

Things You Should Have Done

Mammoth. Tony Mammoth (Mike Bubbins)

Mammoth

Ellie & Natasia. Image shows from L to R: Natasia Demetriou, Ellie White. Copyright: CPL Productions

Ellie & Natasia

Bad Education. Image shows left to right: Inchez (Anthony J Abraham), Usma (Asha Hassan), Harrison (Bobby Johnson), Stephen (Layton Williams), Mitchell (Charlie Wernham), Jinx (Laura Marcus), Blessing (Francesca Amewudah-Rivers), Warren (Ali Hadji-Heshmati). Credit: Matt Crockett

Bad Education

A Better Place. Image shows left to right: Moira Cameron (Darcy Montagu), Angus Cameron (Jonathan Watson), Archie Cameron (Jacob Topen), Cousin Ron (Ibrahim Clayton)

Comedy Shorts

Speaking about the festival coming to Cardiff, Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales says: "Wales has funny bones - and with the city of comedy right here in our capital city, we're ready to prove it. We're so proud to be this year's hosts especially as the Welsh comedy scene is thriving and is quite possibly in the best health it's ever been.

"We have a wealth of talented comedy writers; from established names to new writing talent looking for their first credit and there are numerous Welsh stand-up comedy performers breaking through here and across the UK. There's also terrific on-screen performing talent and, particularly exciting is the growing number of small Welsh independent production companies now specialising in comedy production. It's all happening and we're delighted to be at the heart of it."

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