Cabler launches weekly laffer block in time for summer
BBC America is launching a weekly 10 p.m.-midnight Saturday evening comedy block beginning June 18.Under the umbrella title “Ministry of Laughs,” the block will be highlighted by a six-episode new season of BAFTA-winning “The Inbetweeners.” Airing in the first hour of the block will be new-to-the-U.S. episodes of “The Graham Norton Show,” followed by the season premiere of “Inbetweeners,” created and exec produced by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. Then there’s a new project from “Little Britain” alums Matt Lucas and David Walliams, “Come Fly With Me,” a mockumentary set in an airport terminal in which the pair will play more than 60 different characters. They will exec produce the BBC America/Little Britain Prods./BBC co-production with Jed Leventhal, Mark Freeland and Geoff Posner. Other new series include “Friday Night Dinner,” a six-episode comedy about a Jewish family premiering Aug. 6 that will co-star Simon Bird of “Inbetweeners” and Tasmin Greig of Showtime’s “Episodes.” Kenton Allen, Nira Park and Caroline Leddy exec produce for Big Talk Prods. and Popper Pictures. Coming Jan. 7 is “Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show,” about a crazy parallel universe. The actress-comedian’s series, which has a 12-episode order, is exec produced by Gregor Cameron for World’s End Prods. “That Mitchell and Webb Show” (season premiere Oct. 1), “The Thick of It” (Nov. 12) and “Peep Show” (March 31) will also rotate into the block with new Stateside episodes. “Thick” stars Peter Capaldi of “In the Loop” and “Torchwood: Children of Earth.”
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