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BBC sitcom pilot Fishbowl hits iPlayer on Monday: Like finding a bottle of chips in your driveway

9 July 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Three is moving exclusively online in the not-too-distant future, but in truth the channel has been edging that way for some time.

Now in its fourth year, BBC Comedy Feeds has served up regular batches of pilots on the web to give exposure to new talent, with several shows eventually being picked up as full BBC Three series.

First screened at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase 2015 in May, Fishbowl is launched on BBC iPlayer this Monday (July 13).

It's been described by its creators as "a warm-hearted comedy about the suffocating joy of hanging out with your parents in a lovely little town where escape is impossible and there's usually chips for tea".

Fishbowl stars Katherine Rose Morley as Hattie, a girl who is forced to return home to mum and dad after an eventful first term at university.

"I absolutely loved playing Hattie. She is fierce, outspoken, yet she »

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What next for Saturday night UK family drama?

2 May 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Primeval to Merlin and Atlantis, Doctor Who's return spawned a host of Saturday teatime dramas that have since disappeared. What next?

It’s Saturday night. BBC 1 is showing Doctor Who. It does this a lot, generally speaking, and has done on and off (sometimes very off) for over fifty years. When the show returned in 2005 it brought with it the realisation that there was a huge family audience un-catered for on Saturday nights, and unfortunately Doctor Who was only on air for a quarter of the year, so it couldn’t do it all by itself.

ITV quickly realised it needed to attract that audience too, and while it had gameshows that dominated the schedules it didn’t have anything like Buck Rogers In The 25th Century or The A Team to put up against the BBC this time. And time was of the essence: new shows had »

- simonbrew

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