BBC Two has announced a brand new comedy from Sara Pascoe.
The currently untitled six-part series will be about family, relationships and biology, subverting the traditional sitcom format by combining her eccentric characters, surreal moments and factual insight.
A teaser from the BBC reads: “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 said: “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 of programme makers Stolen Picture added: “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, commented: “Sara’s eclectic comic mind and unconventional approach to story-telling combine to deliver a truly inventive show.
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The results of the Broadcast Digital Awards 2019 have been announced.
Run by the trade magazine Broadcast, the awards focus on content from channels not considered ‘terrestrial’, and aim to “celebrate leading digital content from across the UK”.
Broadcast said: “This empowering, relatable take on the lives of a group of young British Muslim women was head and shoulders above the rest in a highly competitive short-form comedy category.”
The team were praised for “showcasing exceptional new writing talent and producing a laugh-out-loud piece”.
Additionally, Susan Wokoma’s Comedy Short received highly commended status, with Broadcast noting “Wokoma was involved with all elements of the brilliant production from start to finish”.