Motherland


BBC Comedy commissions place emphasis on new voices and diversity

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, has unveiled a broad slate of new comedy series for the full range of the UK broadcaster’s channels. Highlights include a 60th Birthday Special for Lenny Henry and a high-concept sitcom for BBC1 called Ghosts. Efforts to improve onscreen diversity include a BBC3 sitcom about three modern Muslim […]

AMC’s Sundance picks up Sharon Horgan’s Motherland

Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium video streaming service, has picked up Sharon Horgan’s British TV series Motherland. The series, written and created by Horgan, Holly Walsh, and Graham and Helen Linehan, will make its exclusive US debut with the first two episodes premiering on the service on May 10. Motherland follows Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), […]

Laughing matters at the Edinburgh Int’l TV Festival

Shane Smith and his plan to take over the media world dominated delegate chatter at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week. Jesse Whittock wonders what the Vice boss would make of the BBC’s latest comedy efforts. During his MacTaggart Memorial lecture on Wednesday, which met with a mixed reaction (at best), Vice Media CEO […]

BBC Two brings comedy trio to new strand

UK terrestrial network BBC Two has commissioned three more sitcoms for its soon-to-start ‘New on Two’ strand. Our Ex Wife, We the Jury and The Coopers Vs the Rest will comprise part of the BBC Landmark Sitcom Season, which plays across BBC One, Two and Four and includes reboots of Porridge and Are You Being […]