Clapperboard Studios (The Teacher, The Holiday, The Ex Wife, and Maxine) has secured the TV rights for Uncut, a drama based on Chris Thompson’s hit semi-autobiographical podcast Two Foreskins Walked into a Bar.

The series follows, loser, British playwright Chris Thompson as he heads to New York City having blown up his 10-year relationship and with his career going down the toilet. After he arrives, he meets Lionel, and falls unexpectedly and crazily in love. But when Lionel disappears without a trace, Chris embarks on a manhunt to track him down and reunite.

It’s a mystery that takes him on a journey of outrageous sexual liberation and self-discovery, propelling him through the cruising grounds, libraries and sex clubs of New York. Every man he meets brings him a step closer to finding the truth of what’s happened to his beloved Lionel. Along the way Chris faces up to the harsh realities of city life and the limitations of his own desires.

Thompson has already developed the Two Foreskins Walk into a Bar podcast into a live one-man-show of the same name for New York’s cabaret circuit, and it will soon be adapted for stage.

The Uncut series will be developed by Clapperboard Studios established by executive producer and managing director Mike Benson which, since its launch in 2020, has delivered 14 series and 65 hours of television, and was shortlisted for Best Production Company in the Edinburgh TV Awards 2022.

Chris Thompson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who splits his time between London and New York. He’s an alumnus of the Channel 4 Screenwriting course 2018 and has several shows in development in the US and UK.

Clapperboard Studios executive producer and managing director Mike Benson said: “Uncut is beautifully filthy and has an energy and authenticity which really excited us. Chris is a unique talent and voice and brings a combination of heartbreak and hilarity to everything he writes.”

Uncut writer Chris Thompson said: “With Clapperboard’s incredible track record there’s no one else I’d trust more to help me bring the story of my slutty sexual reawakening to life. They share my vision for this piece, and they have a commitment to authorial voice which means I feel right at home with them.”

Jon Creamer

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