Sunday, November 07, 2010

Mitchell and Webb's shedworking comedy sitcom

Add this to the file of 'Great shed-based ideas that never quite made it': David Mitchell and Robert Webb wrote a pilot for a comedy series called Playing Shop for BBC2 about two men who run a business from their shed/garden office. Apparently the BBC liked it but the duo themselves decided not to go ahead with it (Mitchell told TimeOut "We decided not to carry on. We weren’t quite happy with it, and with “Peep Show” continuing, we thought it would be the wrong thing to do.") which is a shame because the synopsis for the show - which was due to air at the end of this year - sounded very promising:
"Armed with new computers, state-of-the-art stationery and a blogger's contempt for the rest of mankind, all they have to do is sit back and wait for greatness to be thrust upon them."
Accoring to Broadcast Now they were to play Eric and Jamie who go into business - an internet dating site - after they are made redundant and they set about making their fortune: Mitchell described it as “similar in style to The IT Crowd, Black Books and Father Ted; a more heightened reality than Peep Show.” More background details here.
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