News: BBC Commissions Subversive Sara Pascoe Sitcom

News: BBC Commissions Subversive Sara Pascoe Sitcom

BBC Two has commissioned a brand new six-part comedy from Sara Pascoe (Sara Pascoe Live: LadsLadsLads, Travelling Blind, W1A) about family, relationships and biology. The award-winning comedian subverts the traditional sitcom format by combining her eccentric characters, surreal moments and factual insight.

Sara Pascoe doesn’t know why everyone else in the world is pairing up and having babies and sets out on a mission to understand them. She tries to prove that romantic love is mere chemicals and conditioning and doesn’t deserve our respect.

This conflicts a little with preparations for her sister’s wedding, and her best friend’s first pregnancy.

The show is a full-hearted, full-brained approach to narrative comedy with characters that are full of life (apart from one ghost).

Sara Pascoe says: “I'm obsessed with family dynamics, sex, hope and the reasons underlying why humans behave as we do. My new series gives me a chance to explore all of these things in a funny, silly way, buoyed up by the research I've done for my two books."

Simon Pegg, Stolen Picture Co-Founder, says: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Sara at Stolen Picture. She is without doubt, one of the sharpest minds and the funniest voices working in comedy today.”

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, says: “Sara’s eclectic comic mind and unconventional approach to story-telling combine to deliver a truly inventive show.”

The series (title to be announced) is a natural progression from Sara’s BBC Comedy Short film for BBC iPlayer and BBC Two - Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy - which she began with the bold statement that she "doesn’t think human beings are meant to be monogamous" and descended into bad sex, Victorians and sperm wars.

This sitcom (6x30’) is a Stolen Picture and Sara Pascoe co-production for BBC Two. It has been commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, and Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and will be Executive Produced by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Miles Ketley for Stolen Picture and Sara Pascoe. Catherine Gosling Fuller will produce and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Kate Daughton.

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