Sky has commissioned a brand-new series of entertainment comedy shorts from Ranga Bee Productions in collaboration with CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. The two indies have entered into a collaboration and co-production arrangement to create their first joint commission: “Romesh Presents…”.
The series of shorts (10x15) will showcase some of Britain’s best up and coming comedians as selected by Romesh Ranganathan. The comedians featuring in the 10 shorts are:
1. Ellie Taylor
2. Nigel Ng
3. Rachel Parris, Cariad Lloyd and Graham Dickson
4. Amelia Dimoldenberg
5. Kiri Pritchard-McLean
6. Rosie Jones
7. Darren Harriott
8. Luke McQueen
9. London Hughes
10. Colin Hoult as Anna Mann
The shorts themselves will be wide-ranging and tailored to the individual comedians. The format will vary from studio clip shows to comedic entertainment documentaries as well as everything in between.
Romesh Ranganathan & Director & Ranga Bee co-founder Benjamin Green said:
“We are delighted that Sky is trusting us to work with some of the most exciting comics in the UK. We will do our best to not end their promising careers”.
Managing Director Danielle Lux & Creative Director, Murray Boland said:
“We love working with incredible talent both on and off screen – so our collaboration with Romesh and Ben is just a joy: we’re so excited by the new talent this venture will bring to the screen”
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Sky’s Head of Entertainment, said
“Romesh Ranganathan is at the very forefront of comedy in the UK and we are delighted he’s curating this series of short-form shows for us – all showcasing some of the best comic talent in the UK. Bite sized treats for everyone to enjoy.”
The series will be made by Ranga Bee Productions in collaboration with CPL Productions.
Ranga Bees’ Romesh Ranganathan and Benjamin Green will executive produce alongside CPL Productions’ Danielle Lux and Murray Boland. This is the second collaboration between the two indies as CPL co-produced series 2 of Ranga Bee’s scripted comedy “The Reluctant Landlord” for Sky One airing later this year.
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About Ranga Bee Productions
Ranga Bee is an independent, award winning, comedy and entertainment production company founded by RTS winner and BAFTA nominated Comedian Romesh Ranganathan and EMMY winning Executive Producer and Director Benjamin Green. After making the BBC Three hit series Asian Provocateur, they went on to create the Showtime series Just Another Immigrant and The Reluctant Landlord. They have set up the company as a vehicle to create great comedy with both new and established talent they love.
Benjamin Green is an Emmy winning, BAFTA, RTS, NTA, and British Comedy award nominated Director and Executive Producer of Comedy and Entertainment shows such as Idiot Abroad (SKY ONE) Moaning of Life (Sky One) Asian provocateur (BBC) Immigrants Guide to Britain (C4) Just Another Immigrant (Showtime).
About CPL Productions
CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a BAFTA award winning independent television and radio production company. CPL create and produce modern entertainment, factual formats and scripted television. From primetime entertainment to comedy, drama and factual entertainment, our shows feature some of the UK’s best talent, both on and off screen.
An impressive roster of hit shows include Sky One’s double BAFTA-winning series A League Of Their Own, the second series of Sky One comedy The Reluctant Landlord written by and starring Romesh Ranganathan, There’s Something About Movies for Sky 1, Channel 4’s multi-award winning Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, award winning series The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes (C4), Married At First Sight (C4) and Harry Hill Alien Fun Capsule for ITV1.
Additional programmes include, Sky One’s A League of Their Own US and European Road Trips, Rob and Romesh Vs, ITV’s popular drama Brief Encounters and NIT TV's comedy sketch show for BBC Three, Ellie & Natasia.