Director of BBC Content, Charlotte Moore used the Edinburgh TV Festival to announce to new comedies and a new police access series.

Scarborough is the new comedy series from Benidorm writer Derren Litten. It follows the lives and loves of a small handful of residents in Scarborough who meet most nights in the local karaoke bar where they swap gossip and sing 80’s classics.

Made by BBC Studios, the 6×30′ comedy series will feature an ensemble cast which will be announced soon. Filming is set to take place on location in summer 2019.

Gregor Sharp is the BBC’s Commissioning Editor with Chris Sussman and Stephen McCrum both Executive Producers for BBC Studios. It was developed by James Farrell.

‘king Gary is a new sitcom pilot commissioned as part of BBC One’s Comedy Playhouse series from Shiny Button Productions, part of Endemol Shine Group.

‘king Gary is a larger than life working-class sitcom with a big heart for BBC One, from the creative team behind the Bafta award-winning Murder in Successville. The series is written by Tom Davis and James De Frond, and will star Davis as the lead and be directed by De Frond. Joining the cast is Simon Day (The Fast Show), Camille Coduri (Him & Her), Laura Checkley (Bridget Jones’s Baby) and Romesh Ranganathan (The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan).

The story follows childhood sweethearts Gary and Terri King, a husband and wife comedy double act, and their aspirations to achieve social acceptance and moderate material success in competitive suburbia. ‘king Gary is a Shiny Button Productions show for BBC One, written by Tom Davis and James De Frond, and produced by Rupert Majendie. Executive producers are Andy Brereton, Tom Davis and James De Frond. ‘king Gary is commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy, BBC.

72 Films’ production Northumberland Cops will have “unprecedented access” to the Northumberland Police service.

The BBC says the series will go “way beyond adrenaline-fuelled blue light stories to offer the compelling, surprising and human stories of modern policing against a backdrop of fewer resources and the changing nature of the job. Intimate and honest, the focus will be on the vastly different types of policing that takes place across one of Britain’s biggest police forces.”

John Douglas, Executive Producer says: “We are really excited to making this series for BBC One. It’s a unique police force serving two major cities, and a vast rural area. It presents real challenges to the force, and allows us to understand the different policing issues that arise in the city as well as the countryside.”

Northumberland Cops (w/t) 6×60′ is a 72 Films production for BBC One. The Executive Producer is John Douglas. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries.

Staff Reporter

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