Mitchell and Webb Axe Own Show

David Mitchell and Robert Webb – who returned to BBC Two recently with the latest run of their comedy sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look – have remarkably axed their own sitcom before it was even seen on TV.

The erudite comedy duo – also well-known for their starring roles in Channel 4’s groundbreaking comedy Peep Show – had been working on the sitcom called Playing Shop for some time, and the pilot had even been recorded before a live audience and approved by BBC comedy bosses to be developed into a full series.

However Mitchell and Webb decided the put the project on hold while they reworked the idea.
It seems that the main stumbling block was the characters. In Playing Shop they play Eric and Jamie, two men made redundant who brush themselves down and decide to set up business run from the potting shed.

It’s in the shed that most of the dialogue takes place, with Eric and Jamie working to keep themselves in lager and snacks in what is certainly a realistic look at the steps so many people are taking these days to escape from the day to day grind of 9 to 5 working.

Playing Shop is expected to see the light of day eventually however, with Mitchell and Webb redeveloping the characters away from the “scuzzy and low-rent losers” in the original version which were reminiscent of Mark and Jeremy from Channel 4’s Peep Show.

Once revisions have been written, rehearsed and a new pilot recorded, Playing Shop is expected to hit screens in 2010.

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