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London Live's first commission is sitcom from YouTube

London Live's first commission is sitcom from YouTube
Pippa Considine
27 September 2013

Local TV channel London Live is to make a six-part sitcom based on a web series as its first original commission.

The channel, backed by the Evening Standard, is to make full-length episodes based on the YouTube series All About The McKenzies.

The show was created by Samuell Benta, with some installments attracting more than 500,000 views online.

Stefano Hatfield, editorial director of the channel which is due to launch in the spring, called 27-year-old Benta "an exciting young London talent".

In the half-hour episodes, Benta will also plays the lead character, also called Samuell, attempting to build his own life while trying to cope with the mayhem of his own chaotic home in which generations live together under the same roof.

Benta says: "For a TV network to believe in an individual as opposed to a production company takes a lot of courage."

The actor previously played Jay Kelso in BBC Two¹s teen soap opera The Cut and appeared in three episodes of EastEnders as Donnie Lester.

Here is an episode of the sitcom on YouTube:

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