News: New BBC Comedy From Famalam Star

News: New BBC Comedy From Famalam Star

Brain in Gear, a brand new comedy series from Gbemisola Ikumelo and made by BBC Studios has been commissioned for BBC Two. Brain in Gear debuted as one of the BBC’s critically acclaimed Comedy Shorts in 2019 and received a BAFTA nomination for best short form programme.

Written by and starring Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam, The Last Tree) Brain in Gear is a flat-share comedy where the nightmare tenants...are the voices in your head. The series follows Remi, a perfectly normal if somewhat anxious single woman in her late twenties, trying her best to navigate the contradictory advice from her inner thoughts. 

The series will continue the story of Remi as she attempts to get on with her life…but otherwise normal tasks like going to work and hanging out Is made near impossible by the constant interruptions of her two alter egos Boss Bitch Remi and Dark Remi. 

Gbemisola Ikumelo says: “This is a legit dream coming true moment for me and I keep finding myself asking, “Did the BBC actually just give me my own show?” I’m sure It will sink in soon enough, but for now I’m just revelling in all of the exciting possibilities that are presented by this becoming a series.”

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning says: “This highly distinctive concept is ripe with comic potential and Gbemisola has fast become one of the leading comedy performers of her generation. Her range of characters is a joy to behold and we’re proud to see her spread her considerable talent wings as creator, writer and co-director of this very special mini-series.”

Josh Cole, Head of Comedy BBC Studios says: “We are delighted to be bringing Gbemisola's brilliant vision and unique worldview to life with Brain in Gear. Gbemi will write, co-direct and play multiple characters in the series – a fitting reflection of a uniquely multitalented creative force. We love working with Gbemi and can’t wait to see how her story unfolds across a series.”

The i gave the original Comedy Short, which is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer, a four star review, describing Brain in Gear as turning “a dark idea into a tour de force of comic acting.” As well as the BAFTA nomination for the original pilot, Gbemisola Ikumelo has also been nominated in the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her work on Famalam, also made by BBC Studios for the BBC 

The Comedy Shorts pilots have proven to be a rich breeding ground for new ideas since debuting in 2018. Recent full series commissions from the 2019 Shorts include sketch show Lazy Susan from comedy duo Freya Parker and Celeste Dring which is set to debut on BBC Three and BBC Two’s Mandy starring, written and directed by Diane Morgan which begins in August 2020.

Broadcast details for Brain in Gear will be announced in due course.

 

Brain in Gear is a BBC Studios production for BBC Two, written by and starring Gbemisola Ikumelo and commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two and Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning. The Producers for BBC Studios are Inez Gordon and Joe Nunnery and the Executive Producer is Josh Cole. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell.

 

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