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Hat Trick and Avalon make comedy pilots for C4

Hat Trick and Avalon make comedy pilots for C4
Pippa Considine
17 December 2013

Channel 4’s head of comedy Phil Clarke has commissioned three new transmittable pilots for the New Year, from Hat Trick and Avalon.

“The latest batch of pilots spring from a set of witty, clever, knowing scripts that reflect the complexity of modern life," says Clarke. "Flack deals with the world of work;, family; and Catastrophe maintaining a relationship. They represent a strand of comedy that I would like to expand on the channel.”


Filming December 2013

Flack is about a modern woman trying to keep her life on track whilst dealing with the funny and often messy lives of her PR clients. But it’s as much about PR as Rev is about the church - this is about our main heroine trying to fix other people’s lives whilst struggling with her own. Written by Oliver Lansley (Whites, FM, Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story), Sheridan Smith will star in the lead role.

With Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, the blogosphere and the rampant tabloid press, the next celebrity scandal is never far away and someone has to be there to pick up the pieces.

Flack is a Hat Trick Production for Channel 4. The commissioning editor for C4 is Rachel Springett.


Filming first quarter 2014

Rob Delaney (Twitter comedian) and Sharon Horgan (star/co-writer of Pulling), will write and star in Catastrophe, a single camera comedy about an Irish woman and an American man who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London.

is an Avalon Production for Channel 4. The commissioning editor for C4 is Nerys Evans

Filming first quarter 2014 is a new single camera comedy pilot for Channel 4 written by David Baddiel. The internet has been well represented on film and TV - The Social Network and Black Mirror have had a big effect on how we view the worldwide web. But, perhaps, the real change the internet has made is in the infiltration of technology into people's lives on a microscopic, domestic, everyday level. is a traditional family sitcom, but with a twist: it will show the way we live now - on the screen - on the screen.

David Baddiel will also direct the pilot. is an Avalon Production for Channel 4. The commissioning editor for C4 is Fiona McDermott.

Channel 4 comedies returning in 2014 include The Midnight Beast, Friday Night Dinner, Derek, Cardinal Burns, The Mimic, Man Down, Toast Of London and Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy alongside a new run of 4Funnies and the online content initiative, Comedy Blaps.

The Peter Kay special, Malachy’s Millions is also set to film and transmit in 2014.

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