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Sam Bain Dark Comedy Set for BBC iPlayer & BBC Two


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LONDON: The new three-part comedy thriller Ill Behaviour, written and executive produced by Sam Bain (Peep Show, Fresh Meat), will premiere on BBC iPlayer later this year before broadcasting on BBC Two.

The show tells the story of Charlie, who is diagnosed with cancer and refuses chemotherapy in favor of an alternative New Age approach. His oldest friends, Joel and Tess, are afraid he’s written his own suicide note and decide to hold him hostage and administer chemotherapy themselves with the help of Nadia, an unstable, alcoholic oncologist. Ill Behaviour stars Chris Geere (You’re The Worst, Waterloo Road), Tom Riley (The Collection, Da Vinci’s Demons), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Mean Girls), Jessica Regan (Call the Midwife, Doctors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day, Line of Duty) and John Gordon Sinclair (World War Z, Gregory’s Girl).

Ill Behaviour is a Fudge Park production. BBC Worldwide is distributing the series internationally. The show is directed by Steve Bendelack (The League of Gentlemen, Friday Night Dinner) and produced by Gill Isles (Peter Kay’s Car Share, Ideal). In addition to Bain, executive producers are Damon Beesley, Iain Morris and Simon Wilson for Fudge Park. The show is produced in conjunction with BBC Worldwide.

Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning, said, “Sam has achieved something very special and gripping in placing a huge moral dilemma at the crossroads of friendship, family and loyalty when faced with a devastating cancer diagnosis. Characters have to make difficult ethical choices and engage in questionable deeds for what they believe to be the right reasons—it challenges our own sense of right and wrong in the face of life and death.

“The cast and team have pulled off something very ambitious and it’s the perfect must-watch-the-next-episode, box-set viewing experience to launch on BBC iPlayer ahead of its broadcast on BBC Two.”



About Sara Alessi

Sara Alessi is the associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at salessi@worldscreen.com.

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