Comedians Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry are creating more originals for UK on-demand service BBC iPlayer.
Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy follows on from last year’s successful Scottish Referendum Autopsy, and will see the acerbic comic (Tramadol Nights) attempting to make sense of the UK General Election in front of a live audience that decide if he is right or wrong in his assertions.
Endemol Shine UK-owned Zeppotron is producing, with Ruth Phillips and Peter Holmes executive producing. The show debuts on May 17.
Berry’s Lone Wolf and Wild Love comedy shorts will be followed by a topical comedy series Matt Berry Does… in which the Toast of London creator takes an anthropologic look at events such as the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.
Bob Mortimer is the writer, with Pett Television attached to produce. The show will be made available on April 5.
Other new iPlayer originals include BBC Arts ProductionGrayson Perry at Turner Contemporary: Jo Brand’s Private View, and another Private View looking at abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Another BBC Arts Production strand, Women Who Spit, will see young female poets given between three and five minutes to tackle a range of topics.
Elsewhere, Baby Cow Productions is working on Fast Cuts (WT), a series of comedy shorts written and performed by a wide range of established and emerging Muslim comedians to celebrate their culture. Henry Normal and Mob Dar executive produce.
Another Muslim-themed original is lightly comic love story My Jihad, which looks at a young, modern Muslim couple trying to stay together despite their families and their own prejudices. BBC Drama Production produces with Hilary Salmon as senior executive producer.
Finally, Fear Itself is a horror documentary that both looks at the history of horror cinema and uses the conventions of the genre to make the programme itself feel scary too. BBC Arts Production is handling production.