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With E4 sci-fi comedy commissions, Tripped and Aliens, and in-development Channel 4 projects, Space Ark and Graham Linehan/Adam Buxton collaboration The Cloud, in the works, a new crop of sci-fi sitcom could be making its way to UK TV.
Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Sci-fi sets and effects can be seen as prohibitively expensive by comedy commissioners (which is perhaps why the best UK sci-fi sitcoms of recent years has been on BBC Radio), and the genre’s niche status doesn’t scream mainstream hit. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt. »
When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Well, when he’s John Guilor, we reckon. Above, you can enjoy a few moments of Guilor’s vocal expertise and comic timing in a brief sketch recorded during a break in recording on an audiodrama. Listen out also for the excellent Cyberman voice by The Inbetweeners’ and Hyperdrive‘s Waen Shepherd....
- Christian Cawley
The Cloud will star Adam Buxton as part of a hapless data hub crew who are floating around Earth. Their ship is designed to protect information on the internet, even if it is only just selfies, porn and funny cat photos.
The non-broadcast pilot will film in the spring. Channel 4 will announce whether it has received a full commission later this year.
Linehan recently revealed that a potential musical version of his classic show Father Ted could be a success.
The writer's current series Count Arthur Strong - which he »
3 items from 2015
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