Karl Pilkington and Romesh Ranganathan bring a new breed of late-night laughs to Sky 1
Sky 1 are about to get seriously funny with two new Sky Original Productions,
(An Idiot Abroad) and another
Romesh Ranganathan (Asian Provocateur).
well as starring, Karl and Romesh will each write these often personal (but
always funny) stories that will sit in a new 10pm half hour slot that’s dedicated
to edgier and more mischievous comedies.
Sick of It is a scripted comedy series that
sees Karl Pilkington takes on two roles - himself, and the voice inside his
head, as he muddles through the mundane life he may have led if he hadn’t met
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. While
(working title) is a semi-autobiographical sitcom in
which Romesh inherits a pub he doesn’t really want.
new British comedies are joining a line-up of shows on Sky 1 from some of the
biggest names including; comedy thriller Bounty Hunters starring Jack Whitehall
and Oscar nominee, Rosie Perez; and Sick Note - Rupert Grint and Nick Frost’s tale
of a terrible lie that spirals out of control - both of which have already been
slated for the 10pm comedy spot later this year.
Karl Pilkington: Sick
of It is a scripted series that follows Karl, a middle-aged man recently
ditched by his long-term girlfriend, as he muddles through life and attempts to
make sense of the modern world.
living with his elderly auntie, Karl's closest companion is the voice in his
head, a crotchety, misanthropic alter ego who takes the form of his
doppelgänger - it's the uncensored true version of Karl that says what he
really thinks without the risk of offending others. As Karl attempts to move on from the break up
and sort out his life, the voice in his head appears periodically to guide,
criticise and dispense his unorthodox philosophy of life.
Karl Pilkington said: “For
most people the inner self is there to help make decisions but mine mainly
confuses me and pushes me in the wrong direction. I’d say that doing this
series was inner self’s idea. I’ve only just realised that I’m playing myself
twice but only being paid once. Like I say, my inner self doesn’t really look
out for me.”
the award-winning team behind An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life, Sick of
It is created and written by Karl Pilkington and Richard Yee, who also
executive produce along with Krishnendu Majumdar. Richard Yee directs. From
Me+You Productions and Alrite Productions.
Romesh Ranganathan: The
to his annoyance Romesh is left running the local pub after his mischievous
father left it to him in his will. He has never wanted to be a landlord, but
his mum feels it is the only way to keep his dad’s legacy alive and his wife and
kids are kids are having a ball there.
Sian Gibson (
Peter Kay’s Car Share) as
his wife, Natasha, and comedian Nick Helm as best mate Lemon, this
semi-autobiographical sitcom follows Romesh’s misadventures as he tries to
offload the pub he doesn’t want, while his family use any amount of emotional
blackmail to keep him at the heart of the place.
Ranganathan said: “
After my father passed
away and I was forced to run a pub a few years ago I remember thinking: ‘The
best way to turn this into a positive would be to write a sitcom based on the
situation for Sky 1.’ I am delighted to finally see this very specific long
term plan to fruition. The production team and channel have both been incredibly
supportive. I say this both because it’s true and so that they can’t distance
themselves from the project if it’s a failure
by Romesh Ranganathan and executive produced by Claire Whalley for What Larks
producers of Damned), as
well as Jon Mountague and Tilusha Ghelani for Sky 1.
two new shows were ordered by Adam MacDonald, director Sky 1, and Jon Mountague,
head of comedy at Sky.
about the new shows Jon said: “
with Karl Pilkington and Romesh Ranganathan is a dream; their shows are shot
through with an authenticity that brings a unique, more grown-up comedy edge to
“Evenings are going to
be all about laughs on Sky 1 – with our biggest line-up of new comedy coming up,
including hour long comedy dramas at 9pm and something a bit more mischievous
at 10pm. Coming soon are shows starring Jack Whitehall, Philip Glenister,
Lesley Sharp, Rupert Grint and Nick Frost. As a comedy obsessive I’m thrilled
to be walking amongst such giants – brilliant talent telling surprising and
sometimes challenging comic stories.”
the new hour long comedy dramas coming up is
Living the Dream, a six-part series from the makers of Cold Feet
starring Philip Glenister (Outcast, Mad Dogs) and Lesley Sharp (Scott &
Bailey, Paranoid) as an English family attempting to live the American dream.
new shows follow the recently announced new entertainment shows coming to Sky 1
Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, Revolution and Carmaggedon – alongside new and returning dramas which include Strike Back, a third instalment of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and new cop drama Bulletproof.
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