Benidorm creator is returning to TV with new sitcom

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Benidorm creator Derren Litten is moving from ITV to BBC One for his new comedy Scarborough, starring Jason Manford, Katherine Kelly and Stephanie Cole.

The six-part sitcom was announced today (August 22) at the Edinburgh TV Festival, and it will follow the lives and loves of a small handful of residents in Scarborough (hence the name) who meet most nights in the local karaoke bar to swap gossip and sing '80s classics.

"Its a real coup to have someone of Derren's great experience land a broad sitcom with a Northern comedy heart to it, it'll do Scarborough very proud," explained Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy.

Photo credit: Scott Campbell
Photo credit: Scott Campbell

[Romesh Ranganathan will star]

Filming is set to take place on location in summer 2019 with a release date to be confirmed.

The BBC has also announced that Murder in Successville's Tom Davis and James de Frond will team up again for new sitcom pilot 'king Gary, starring Davis in the lead alongside Simon Day, Camille Coduri, Laura Checkley and Romesh Ranganathan.

It centres on husband and wife comedy double act Gary and Terry King as they strive to achieve social acceptance and moderate material success in competitive suburbia, all while Gary attempts to impress his prehistoric old school father, Big Gary.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

"These two new shows highlight BBC One's continued commitment to breaking new comedy on the channel. Both are real gems; Scarborough, from sitcom writing heavyweight Derren Litten and 'king Gary's writer performer Tom Davis pens a mainstream sitcom with tons of heart," said Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content.

Last month, Benidorm was officially cancelled by ITV after ten series following months of speculation, but at least fans can go and see the stage show which finally lands in September.

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