People Just Do Nothing


BBC launches first VR comedy experience for People Just Do Nothing

The BBC has unveiled its first ever virtual reality comedy film – a VR spin-off of BBC Three series People Just Do Nothing. The five-minute VR film puts the viewer at the centre of a scene featuring the characters of the comedy series, which focuses on fictitious pirate radio station Kurupt FM. In the VR […]

Amazon to adapt BBC Three’s People Just Do Nothing

Amazon is adapting BBC Three comedy People Just Do Nothing. The global SVOD has ordered a pilot based on the mockumentary-style comedy, which has aired across four series in the UK and is set to end later this year with a fifth series. The half-hour program will be produced by Ash Atalla’s London-based prodco Roughcut […]

eOne plans comedy with creators of Skins, People Just Do Nothing

Entertainment One (eOne) is partnering with Skins creator Bryan Elsley and the trio behind BBC/Netflix hit People Just Do Nothing to develop comedy series Gary1987. Set in the world of virtual reality, Gary1987 tells the story of unemployed Gary, a VR novice, who enters into the alternate world to make money but ends up way […]

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 […]

BBC Three orders comedy from People Just Do Nothing star

BBC Three has commissioned a new comedy by People Just Do Nothing star Lily Brazier, named Wannabe. Filming has begun on the series, which stars and is co-written by Brazier. The title will premiere on BBC on-demand service BBC iPlayer in March. It follows Brazier’s Maxine, a 1990s pop star wannabe who tries to bring […]

In the spotlight: Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla has shows lined up for Sky, the BBC, Channel 4 and is looking at US remakes of Roughcut Television’s series. Having redefined comedy by co-creating The Office, Atalla tells TBI about the business, his career and plans TBI: Which executive helped shape your career? AA: One is Clare Pizey, a BBC exec (eds […]

People Just Do Nothing set for the US

People Just do Nothing has been picked up by Vice’s TV channel in the US, and the prodco behind the show has told TBI it is working up an American version of the British comedy. Viceland, Vice’s linear cable net, picked up People Just Do Nothing for its 2017 line-up, marking the first time it has acquired […]

BBC parodies Making a Murderer with spoof

The BBC has commissioned Sexy Murder, a six-part comedy that spoofs true crime hits such as Making a Murderer, The Jinx and Serial. The series will play on the UK pubcaster’s online youth-skewed net BBC Three, and star Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh) as a US ‘televisionary’ and ‘truth crusader’ who travels to Britain with […]

Roughcut TV names comedy chief

UK indie Roughcut TV has promoted Alex Smith to head of comedy. Smith has produced some of Roughcut’s longest-running sitcoms, Trollied, which plays on Sky 1 in the UK, and has worked on the firm’s newest comedy, Carters Get Rich. As comedy chief at Ash Atalla’s prodco, he will be responsible for overseeing an expanding […]

BBC names new comedy commissioning editor

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed ex-CPL Productions producer Alex Moody as commissioning editor, comedy. She replaces Chris Sussman, who was recently promoted to head up the BBC’s comedy department and replace Myfanwy Moore. She will join Kristian Smith and Kate Daughton on controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen’s team, and will oversee a slate […]