U.K.’s Channel 4, NBCU Partner on Dark Comedy ‘Flowers’

'Flowers' stars Olivia Coleman, who previously appeared in 'Broadchurch' (above)


EDINBURGH — U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4 is partnering with NBCU’s new comedy subscription VOD service on a dark comedy featuring a dysfunctional family.

“Flowers,” announced by Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt at the Edinburgh TV festival, which bowed Aug. 26, stars Olivia Coleman as music teacher Deborah. Despite barely speaking to her husband, Maurice (played by Julian Barratt), she is determined to keep the family together. This is despite her suspicions that Maurice — a children’s author — is in a secret gay relationship with his Japanese illustrator.

The show is penned by Will Sharpe, an English-Japanese writer whose credits include “Sherlock.” He said: “This is a comedy about people who are struggling and the situations that can arise when you refuse to admit that there are problems. Our aim is not to make light of the darkness. But to find the light within it.”

The six-part “Flowers” is produced by British indie Kudos with backing from NBCU. Kudos is famed for “Broadchurch,” “Life on Mars” and the recent hit sci-fi drama “Humans,” co-produced with AMC.

C4’s deputy head of comedy, Nerys Evans, said: “’Flowers’ is the kind of deliciously dark comedy we love at Channel 4.”

NBCU’s comedy SVOD platform was revealed by Variety in May, but details have remained sketchy. The partnership is another example of the increasing number of British and U.S. collaborations on scripted shows.

“Flowers” is due to premiere in Britain next year.