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Comedy Unit to make first studio sitcom for BBC3 in years

Comedy Unit to make first studio sitcom for BBC3 in years
Staff Reporter
21 September 2012

The Comedy Unit is to produce a new studio sitcom series for BBC Three, written and performed by UK comedy trio Pappy’s. It's the first studio sitcom to be greenlit for BBC Three in years.

The 6x30-minute sitcom with a working title of The Secret Dude Society was commissioned by Zai Bennett, controller, BBC Three and Kristian Smith, executive editor, Comedy Commissioning.

It will start filming at Glasgow’s BBC Pacific Quay studios in the New Year.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival regulars Pappy’s are formed of Tom Parry, Matthew Crosby and Ben Clark and the new studio comedy sees the trio in adventures at home, at work and in love.

Best known for their sketch shows, Pappy’s fringe show Last Show Ever was nominated for the Edinburgh comedy award earlier this year and the show is currently touring around the UK.

Zai Bennett said: “The Secret Dude Society with Pappy’s has fantastic energy and a super high gag rate. It should complement our on-going comedy renaissance.”

The commission follows a history of single camera shows for the Comedy Unit with talent who have performed live and transitioned to screen, including Greg McHugh with Gary: Tank Commander (BBC Scotland, Channel 4, BBC Three), Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill with Still Game (BBC Two) and Brian Limond with  (BBC Scotland).

Comedy Unit md Rab Christie, took the helm of the Glasgow-based indie, which is part of Zodiak UK, at the end of last year, and this network commission marks a renewed commitment from Zodiak UK to build its comedy output.

Fellow Zodiak indie Bwark expect to announce a major network commission imminently and as well as Pappy’s, Comedy Unit have a series two commission of Sketchorama for BBC Radio 4, along with a Comedy Blap for Channel 4 later this year.

Meanwhile, Comedy Unit’s BBC Scotland business continues with series three of Gary: Tank Commander and Limmy’s Show airing later this year and the third series of sketch hit Burnistoun, transmitting now on BBC One Scotland.

Executive Producers on The Secret Dude Society are Rab Christie and Gavin Smith, the executive producer for BBC is Kristian Smith.

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