Channel 4 today announced two new comedy series – Bad Sugar and I’m Spazticus. Both featured as part of last month’s Funny Fortnight season and will screen in 2013, with further programmes from the season being announced over the coming months.
Bad Sugar, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, will be based on the pilot episode which starred Julia Davis, Olivia Colman and Sharon Horgan. Centred on the dysfunctional, wealthy mining dynasty family – The Caudwells, it’s a peculiarly British take on telenovela style melodramas, played for laughs.
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Executive Producer, says: “We’re thrilled to be making Bad Sugar for Channel 4. The combination of Sam & Jesse writing, together with three comedy goddesses, make it a dream project.”
Sam and Jesse say. “We’re looking forward to spending 2013 writing for the three funniest women in Britain, while the producers stockpile mink stoles, shoulder pads and hairspray.”
I’m Spazticus, created by Zeitgeist Television, showcased an entire cast of disabled talent and the new series will again see individuals with varying disabilities pranking members of the public in a cheeky and irreverent way. The show will mix hidden camera and mockumentary style shooting to create a series of hilarious situations, featuring a number of recurring figures and one-offs character.
Jamie O’Leary, Director, Zeitgiest Television, says: “Zeitgeist are thrilled to be taking I’m Spazticus on to the next stage. It really demonstrates Channel 4′s appetite for challenging comedy, their support of disabled talent and commitment to regional indies – it’s great news.”
Nerys Evans, Acting Head of Comedy at Channel 4, adds: “We’re delighted to announce a series of Bad Sugar, not only with the brilliant writing talents of Sam and Jesse but also starring the country’s most ridiculously talented comedy cast. I’m Spazticus showcases some of the best disabled talent around and I’m pleased that we are going to see a second series of hilarious pranks.”