The proposed six-part series Bad Sugar has become a victim of success, having been cancelled by Channel 4.
The show was to follow the original pilot episode last year – a twisted spoof of telenovellas written by Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Four Lions and Fresh Meat), and starring Julia Davis, Sharon Horgan, Olivia Colman, Reece Shearsmith, Kayvan Novak, Peter Serafinowicz, David Bradley and Julia Deakin.
That pilot, which aired almost a year ago, was filmed before most of its incredibly talented cast went off to do hugely successful “other things”. The wonderful Olivia Colman won two BAFTA gongs earlier this year, and leads the cast of smash hit ITV drama Broadchurch alongside David Tennant. Julia Davis, of course, has also been winning awards aplenty for Hunderby, which is set to return for a second series, and Sharon Horgan is currently working Stateside on the US version of her cult show Pulling.
Shearsmith has since starred in A Field In England and has a number of exciting projects on the go, and Serafinowicz is about to direct his first feature. David Bradley and Julia Deakin are as in demand as they have always been, with the former starring as legendary Doctor Who actor William Hartnell in forthcoming biopic An Adventure In Time And Space. And the wonderful duo of Bain & Armstrong are working on more Peep Show and Fresh Meat, which go from strength to strength for the channel.
Channel 4’s head of comedy Phil Clarke broke the news to trade publication Broadcast, stating: ‘In the end, it proved impossible to bring all the talent – writing and performing – together at the same time for a series.’
Sad times, but perhaps to be expected. We can, at least, revisit the delightful pilot episode via 4oD.