BBC3 has ordered Bamous (1×30), a new comedy entertainment show from Spirit Studios and John’s Boy Entertainment, hosted by comedian Dane Baptiste.

The show centres around the mythical ‘NASBLAQ’ – a Stock index for diverse talent which determines which of them are allowed up and down the ladder of fame and success at any one time.

In this satirical new pilot for BBC Three, Dane and his assembled cast will try and figure out how the NASBLAQ works and how black talent can get to the top of it with comedy sketches, stunts, funny archive, interviews, social campaigns and much more, “promising to reflect Britain at its most true, most provocative and most current.”

Dane Baptiste says: “I’m so incredibly proud of this commission. Bamous is the show I’ve always wanted to make, where I can explore and celebrate Blackness, Britishness and how both of those elements combined can create a distinct and hilarious piece of work – with a style unlike anything on the planet right now. Black excellence at its most outstanding.”

Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three says: “With Dane at the helm, supported by a cast of some of the most exciting comedy performing, writing and production talent in the country, BBC Three is honoured to be the home of the NASBLAQ.”

Matt Campion Creative Director, Spirit Studios says: “I’m thrilled that the BBC has given us the opportunity to make this show. We at Spirit exist to drive change through entertainment – and this show aims to do exactly that. I’m also excited to introduce the world to The Nasblaq and the inner workings of Dane Baptiste’s brilliant comedy mind.”

Broadcast details will be announced in due course.

Bamous (1x 30) was commissioned by Jo Wallace, Acting Controller Entertainment Commissioning and Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three. Spirit Studios’ Creative Director Matt Campion is Executive Producer. The programme will be co-produced by Baptiste’s own company John’s Boy Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Syeda Irtizaali.

Jon Creamer

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