Sunny D. Dane (Dane Baptiste). Copyright: BBC.

Sunny D

BBC Three sitcom about a man struggling to grow up. 5 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2015 - 2016. Stars Dane Baptiste, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Don Warrington, Liz Hume-Dawson and others.

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Dane Baptiste sitcom Sunny D to be remade in USA

Sunny D, the BBC sitcom written by and starring Dane Baptiste, is to be remade in America by Saladin K Patterson and Keenen Ivory Wayans.

British Comedy Guide, 26th November 2018

Video: Dane Baptiste Writersroom interview

Dane Baptiste explains how his comedy show Sunny D made it to BBC Three.

BBC Writersroom, 13th December 2016

Liz Hume-Dawson enjoying life in TV comedy Sunny D

It has been busy year for a Bolton mum, who is topping off 2017 with a starring role in a hit new BBC show.

Rosalind Saul, Bolton News, 5th December 2016

When BBC Three moved online there was a suggestion that all of the comedies that moved with the channel would appeal to a younger audience. Therefore I'm baffled to why new sitcom Sunny D debuted on the channel's online platform as it started with a Cosby Show-style opening that nobody under the age of thirty would be able to identify. Sunny D has been created by stand-up comedian Dane Baptiste who plays a fictionalised version of himself; a dissatisfied late twenty-something who still lives with his parents. Early on Dane hankers for a return to his childhood of the nineties where you could tape songs from the radio and be comforted by the goings-on on Dawson's Creek. I honestly feel that all of the nineties references would be lost on the younger demographic that BBC Three is supposedly trying to reach and I feel this one of the sitcoms main issues. In fact I do feel that Sunny D did skew very much to an audience of thirtysomethings who would recognise the references to Puff Daddy videos, Bill and Ted and Carlton Banks. In fact I think somebody at BBC Three watched this opener and told Baptiste that he needed to make Sunny D feel more contemporary hence a Kardashian gag being shoehorned into the last few minutes of the episode. But there are bigger issues with Sunny D starting with the fact that it's another sitcom in which the lead character addresses the audience directly. I always find this is a cop-out as it is much easier for Baptiste to introduce the characters by having Dane explain all of their flaws ahead of their introduction. However the biggest sin that Sunny D commits is that it's not very funny and this first episode, based around Dane's father's surprise birthday feels very old-fashioned in a lot of regards. From Dane being constantly being bothered by his extended family members to him getting drunk and accidentally proposing to his girlfriend there was nothing in Sunny D that I hadn't seen before. I also didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable and I found some of Dane's comments actively hurtful, especially through some of the insults he tossed in the direction of his twin sister. In fact the only positive I found here was the subtle performance from sitcom legend Don Warrington as Dane's softly-spoken father. Other than that this was another BBC Three sitcom that in my opinion had very little merit but then supposedly, despite all of its nineties references, Sunny D isn't a sitcom that should appeal to me anyway.

Matt, The Custard TV, 19th November 2016

Sunny D: Dane Baptiste's sitcom is dizzyingly hilarious

In his BBC Three series, the British comedian stars as Dane, a disenchanted thirtysomething still living with his parents. It's so zippy, you can barely keep up with it.

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 18th November 2016

Dane Baptiste interview

Dane Baptiste talks about writing and starring in Sunny D.

Si Hawkins, British Comedy Guide, 16th November 2016

I talk to: Dane Baptiste

Starting off as a 15-minute pilot last year as part of BBC Three's Comedy Feeds season, Dane Baptiste returns to our screens with a four-part series of Sunny D.

Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly, 13th November 2016

Sunny D review

These four episodes show a lot of promise. It's been launched as part of the BBC's 'Black and British' season, but the 'black' tag seems like marginalisation, on top of the online-only release, as with a bit of finesse Sunny D has potential to be a series worthy of primetime.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 13th November 2016

Comic Dane Baptiste writes and stars in this new offering from the online channel, which kicks off tomorrow. In it, he plays a late-twentysomething office worker - also called Dane - who lives at home with his fed-up parents and is in constant competition with his twin sister. But when fictive Dane makes a rum-fuelled announcement at a family party, he might finally have to take some responsibility for his future. Part of the BBC's Black And British season, this is a new sitcom with plenty of 90s and 00s R&B on the soundtrack and a strong cast: alongside Baptiste, Akemnji Ndifornyen steals the show in episode one as arrogant Christian.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 12th November 2016

TV preview: Sunny D, BBC Three

Dane Baptiste is a sharp, fast rising comedian and it is great to see that the BBC has given him a sitcom so early in his career. Sunny D came out of a Comedy Feed one-off and only consists of four episodes released online via iPlayer but it is still a positive step. And, more importantly, Sunny is funny.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 9th November 2016