LONDONShowing that adapting shows is a two-way street, the BBC is turning to the U.S. as it seeks to find its next sitcom hit. The Beeb is adapting U.S. gay dad comedy “It Takes a Village” as one of six new comedy pilots being made. Writer-helmer Richard Hurst, who works with British comedienne Miranda Hart, has adapted the show made in the U.S. by ABC Studios and known originally as “Family Values.” ABC’s 2010 pilot was not picked up. Laffer tell the story of a 13-year-old math genius called George whose parents split, his mum remarrying and his dad moving across the road to live with his new boyfriend. “It Takes a Village” is one of six scripts to be filmed in front of a live audience at the BBC’s Salford HQ in North England. The other pilots include “Just Us,” which focuses on a family that downsizes, exec produced by Don Taffner for New York-based DLT Entertainment, whose “My Family” gave the Beeb one of its long-running sitcom successes until the show was axed in March 2011 after 121 episodes. “Just Us” is written by Tom Anderson, produced by John Bartlett and helmed by Ed Bye, who all worked on “My Family.” Cast is head by British thesps Peter Davison and Samantha Bond. The BBC’s dominance of U.K. TV comedy is coming under pressure from a strong slate of local laffers commissioned by paybox BSkyB.
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