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|Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:20 pm Post subject: ITV orders Russell Tovey sitcom
|Heralding new push into comedy
|ITV has given the green light to a new Russell Tovey sitcom set in an unemployment office.The broadcaster has ordered six hour-long episodes of The Job Lot – making it the first mainstream comedy it has commissioned since Benidorm in 2007.
ITV1 has vowed to make a ‘big splash’ in comedy, after several fallow years.
The Job Lot is being made by Big Talk Productions, whose credits include Rev and Him & Her, which also starred Tovey. It also made the stand-up talent hunt Show Me The Funny for ITV last year.
The pilot, set in a West Midlands job centre, also starred Hollyoaks actress Emma Rigby and Miranda’s Sarah Hadland. It is written by Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane.
ITV1 has also ordered a six episodes of the new comedy Great Night Out, about four thirtysomething drinking buddies, written by Worst Week of My Life creators Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni
And tomorrow the broadcaster is recording a pilot of Naked House, starring Jason Manford as a recession-hit man who has to move his family back in with his parents – who have become naturists Since Chortle first reported on this show, Russ Abbott and Jan Francis have joined the cast as Manford’s parents.
ITV director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell told trade magazine Broadcast that the network had a renewed appetite for comedy.
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