Today saw a stream of comedy commissions and recommissions announced at a London press launch for Sky Comedy.
Notable in amongst the news was a second series of forthcoming Baby Cow Productions series Moone Boy, featuring Chris O’Dowd and Steve Coogan. O’Dowd is also the creator, writer and director of the show, which is based on his childhood memories growing up in small-town Ireland – and the show spins off the back of previous Sky success Little Crackers, which has also been recommissioned today.
Previous Little Crackers have also included the likes of Julian Barratt and Julia Davies, so we’re glad to see another TVO regular joins the line-up this year in the form of the delightful Katy Brand. As with previous instalments, Katy will be creating a 15 minute snapshot of a childhood memory, and as Mooneboy proves, these ideas just may have legs for a full series… or two!
Baby Cow are also celebrating the news that their other major project for Sky, sitcom Starlings, will also be returning next year following its current run on Sky 1 – as will Charlie Brooker penned crime spoof A Touch Of Cloth.
These shows join several others – including the hotly anticipated Hunderby from Julia Davies, and the various new projects featuring Alan Partridge – in what our friends at The British Comedy Guide rightly point out, will soon be the home of “more new comedy than any other broadcaster in the UK.”
With several other TVO related projects in ‘development’ with various broadcasters, we may yet be seeing more of our regulars on the subscription service before long. Stay peeled for more info as it unfolds.