News: Johnny Vegas Sitcom Pilot To Become A Series

BBC Comedy has confirmed that the pilot Home From Home, part of the Landmark Sitcom Season earlier this year, has been commissioned for a full BBC One series.

Johnny Vegas and all the cast are expected to return for the series. Vegas stars as Neil Hackett, who alongside wife Fiona (Joanna Page - Gavin & Stacey) in the pilot episode, finally achieved a long-cherished dream of buying a lodge in the Lake District.

Their ‘traditional' lodge at Lake View Holiday Park means everything to them, the years of scrimping and saving all now feel worth it. That is until they wake up the next morning and meet their neighbours, The Dillons, Robert (Adam James) and Penny (Emilia Fox).

The series is commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning. The writers are Chris Fewtrell and Simon Crowther. It is a BBC Studios production, executive produced by Chris Sussman and Steve Canny, and the producer is Rebecca Papworth.

Johnny Vegas says: We are thrilled with the news that Home From Home is going to series and cannot wait to get to work. We all felt we were on to something very special whilst making the pilot and were rewarded with some wonderful feedback following its broadcast.

“We have so much more to explore with these characters and relish the opportunity to share where they go from here. The opportunity to work closely with Home from Home's creators, fellow cast members and producer Rebecca Papworth is one I'm chuffed to have. We are absolutely chomping at the bit to deliver a worthy addition to BBC One's rich comedy pedigree.”

Shane Allen says: "It is terrific to have another series spring from our recent Sitcom Season. Featuring a knock out cast; rich comedy themes - the northern family versus the southern one; plus those on their way up the class ladder alongside those on their way down. There is something for everyone to relate to and it has a big heart making it the perfect fit for BBC One. We need cheering up now more than ever and it's about time Johnny Vegas was front and centre of a broad appeal sitcom."

Home from Home will go into production next year.

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