BBC lines up six sitcom pilots
BBC1 to adapt US series It Takes a Village and shoot Mark Watson sitcom, while BBC2 shows include Ed Bye comedy
BBC1's hunt for its next hit sitcom will see it adapt US gay dad comedy It Takes a Village, one of six new pilots being made for the corporation.
Writer and director Richard Hurst, a regular collaborator with Miranda Hart, has adapted the show which was made in the US for ABC.
The show will tell the story of a 13-year-old maths genius called George whose parents split, his mum remarrying and his dad moving across the road to live with his new boyfriend.
It will be one of six scripts to be filmed in front of a live studio audience at the second Salford Sitcom Showcase in November.
Last year's debut Salford showcase led to two BBC commissions, Adil Ray's Citizen Khan on BBC1 and Hebburn, starring Jim Moir and Gina McKee, on BBC2.
This year's round of pilots include another BBC1 pilot, 1987, a south Wales set sitcom written by comedian Mark Watson and produced by Hartswood Films.
Two of the shows are intended for BBC2, including Just Us, a family comedy directed by Ed Bye and starring Peter Davison, Samantha Bond and Tessa Peake-Jones, and The Gatekeeper, with Adrian Scarborough.
Slated for BBC3 are Chain Gang, based in a Bristol coffee shop, and Homeboys, about two twentysomething brothers still living with their parents.
The BBC North director, Peter Salmon, said: "The first Salford Sitcom Showcase was so successful, we couldn't resist another one.
"This place is teeming with naturally funny performers, writers and entertainers so this event is one of the highlights this autumn and hopefully will result in some new commissions."
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