Peter Capaldi to direct parenting comedy

Peter Capaldi will direct a new comedy credit:Bang Showbiz
Peter Capaldi will direct a new comedy credit:Bang Showbiz

Peter Capaldi is to direct a new parenting comedy series.

The former 'Doctor Who' actor will step behind the camera on Sky Studios' 'They F*** You Up', which follows a mother who adopts five children and is based on Sarah Naish's memoir 'But He Looks So Normal: A Bad-Tempered Parenting Guide for Adopters and Foster Parents'.

A non-broadcast episode for the programme - which is being written by Thomas Eccleshare - will be made by Tod Productions next year.

Thomas, who recently worked with both Peter and Tod Productions on upcoming Apple TV+ series 'Criminal Record' said the project - which was originally developed for the BBC - will offer a "funny, honest and caustic" look at parenting.

He added of the lead character: “She’s sort of like the best mother in the world and the worst mother in the world.

“She will leave her kids on the side of the motorway to make their own way home but also fully support them through their quite extreme difficulties.”

Sky Studios have yet to commit to a full series but the writer told Deadline he has been commissioned to write an additional two half-hour episodes.

The non-broadcast pilot will shoot early next year and is made by Tod Productions, the STV Studios-backed company founded by Vera producer Elaine Collins, and Sky Studios. The project was originally developed for the BBC.

'They F*** You Up' will be executive produced by Tod Productions' Vera Collins - who is married to Peter - and Anil Gupta for Sky Studios, while Katie Churchill will serve as producer.

Meanwhile, Thomas is developing another series for Sky called 'Schtum'.

He described it as a “'Rush Hour' for the 21st century” and it will see an unlikely pairing of a Hasidic Jew from a local neighbourhood watch group team up with a Black policewoman to fight crime.

He said: “They both go rogue against their communities to make this extremely odd couple fighting crime in a heightened Hackney."

The programme was originally developed for Channel 4.

Thomas added: “The Channel 4 version was a little more 'Prime Suspect' and this one is a bit more 'Fargo'."