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BBC One Commissions New Comedy from Mischief Theatre Gang


BBC One has greenlit the brand-new six-part comedy series The Goes Wrong Show from Mischief Theatre, the U.K.-based comedy ensemble behind The Play That Goes Wrong.

The show will be written by and star the original founding members of Mischief Theatre, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask. The stage-comedy will be filmed in front of a live studio audience.

The series follows The Cornley Drama Society, a group of actors who may bite off more than they can chew when staging productions like the courtroom drama “A Trial to Watch” and the WWII spy thriller “The Pilot” (which is not the show’s pilot).

BBC Comedy, Mischief Screen, Big Talk Productions and Lionsgate U.K. will co-produce the series. Lionsgate will sell the show’s global television rights.

Lewis said: “Ever since we first began to make things go wrong all the way back in 2012, it has been a dream of ours to bring a series based on this joyful brand of humor to the screen and so when the BBC commissioned The Goes Wrong Show, it was a dream come true. We’re so grateful for this incredible opportunity and we can’t wait to get started on making some truly terrible programs. We are still very short on equipment—if you have a camcorder we can borrow (in any condition) please do fax us.”

Shane Allen, controller at BBC Comedy, added: “The two Christmas specials we’ve backed showed a huge audience appetite for this ensemble’s superbly inventive brand of family-friendly comedy. BBC One has a unique role for viewers as the country’s sole provider of mainstream British comedy, and it’s particularly gratifying to also be the only U.K. broadcaster still flying the flag for the studio sitcom with these fast-rising stars.”

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