BBC1 has greenlit a new six part series based on the hit Mischief Theatre show The Play That Goes Wrong.

The Goes Wrong Show is written by and stars the original founding Mischief Theatre members: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask.

A Mischief Screen/Big Talk production in association with Lionsgate and YTD HK, it starts filming in Manchester next month.

The series sees The Cornley Drama Society undertaking another (overly) ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde.

Six brand half hours of theatrical catastrophe include the gripping courtroom drama ‘A Trial to Watch’ and World War II spy thriller ‘The Pilot’ (which is not the pilot).

Mischief Screen is part of the recently launched Anthology Studios, part of the Anthology Group founded by Bob Benton and run by Hilary Strong.

They are working on The Goes Wrong Show with Lionsgate who will be representing the show globally and separately with YTD HK which has acquired Chinese rights directly from Mischief Screen.

Mischief Screen CEO and executive producer, Hilary Strong, said “Their particular style of physical humour transcends boundaries in a way that most humour simply cannot do.”

The show will be produced by Jim Poyser (Timewasters, The Job Lot) and directed by Martin Dennis (Men Behaving Badly, Black Books).

The executive producers are Hilary Strong and Kenny Wax for Mischief Screen, Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar and Matthew Justice for Big Talk Productions and the series is commissioned by Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content and Kate Daughton, commissioning Editor for BBC

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