Channel 4 announce 7 new comedy pilots

The seven pilots will be released on All4 as part of their latest Blaps commissions.


The new pilots follow on from the success of previous Blap commissions including Stath Lets Flats, Dead Pixels and We Are Lady Parts and feature up-and-coming as well as established talent, including Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Jamie Demetriou and Rosie Jones.


The seven new pilots are...


Billi

Written by and starring Harry Trevaldwyn, Billi is an egomaniac with a self-proclaimed ‘heart of gold’, tells the brave and gritty story of just what a twenty-five-year-old brat will go through in order to get a half-head of highlights. Filmed in such a way that we only ever see him, it’s a narcissist’s (aka Billi's) dream.

Billi will be the first piece written and performed by Harry Trevaldwyn for television and it will be directed by Ben Palmer, produced by Alexander Handschuh and executive produced by Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Caroline Leddy and Robert Popper.



Biscuitland


Written by Christine Robertson with Jess Thom and Matthew Pountney, Biscuitland is the extraordinary everyday world that Jess creates and shares with everyone around her. Jess’s Tourettes Syndrome and her surreal tics transform and inform her experience of life, work, friendship, and family.


Unexpected hedgehogs, surprising geraniums, and an abundance of biscuits are all part of Jess’s life as she encounters the constant challenges of a world that routinely excludes disabled people.


Biscuitland promises to be rude, unexpected, challenging, and authentic, a day in the life of someone whose unusual neurology has ideas of its own - funny, surprising, and unfiltered in every way. It will be directed by Nicole Charles and produced by Jon Rolph for Fremantle and North Bridge Media.



Disability Benefits


Written by Rosie Jones and Peter Fellows, Disability Benefits follows a young woman with very little left to lose, having been made redundant. With her state benefits cut to shreds, she begins to build an illegal drugs empire. But Rosie Dawkins isn’t your average street-dealing dope peddler – she’s sharp, funny, biting – and, on top of all that, she has cerebral palsy.

People have underestimated Rosie her entire life; if they’re not patronizing her for completing the most menial of tasks, they’re pretending she’s not even there. What better disguise could there be for criminal activity than being written off by the same system that exists to protect the law?

The pilot stars Rosie Jones as Rosie and alongside Ryan McParland, Guy Rhys, Angela Griffin, Lynn Hunter, Mark Monero and Will Brown. And it will be directed by Sophie King and produced by Charlie Laurie.


The Executive Producers for Merman were Clelia Mountford & Sharon Horgan; the Executive Producers for 2LE were Tom Thostrup & Michael Livingstone.


Late Night Forever! with Jordan Brookes


Written by Jordan Brookes and directed by duo Rosco 5, Jordan Brookes is presenting the chat show of his nightmares. Literally. Stuck in a coma after a mysterious accident, he finds himself hosting a psychedelic talk show live from his own subconscious. And every time he makes it to the credits, another episode begins.

Jordan is convinced that if he can just put on a good show, he will wake up. Yet he can’t seem to control the parade of disco dancing intrusive thoughts and personified past traumas which interrupt every episode. Can he face down his demons and make it back to reality? Or will he be interviewing Debbie McGee for all eternity?

Late Night Forever! with Jordan Brookes will also star Sunil Patel, Amy Gledhill and very special guest Debbie McGee. It was co-written and produced by Zoë Tomalin, and the Executive Producer is Stu Mather.



Red Flag


An exciting new sketch show created by, written by and starring Kiell Smith-Bynoe. It promises to be a fast-paced and ridiculous free fall into a wide range of sketchy situations. It’s fun, dumb and discombobulating. It reflects the modern world we live in but not quite the way you’d imagine.


We meet various heroes - all played by Smith-Bynoe - who walk wrong and strong into chaos. Red Flag is populated with an ensemble cast made up of the comedy scene’s best and brightest stars.


Writing alongside Kiell Smith-Bynoe are Kayode Ewumi, Jamie Demetriou, Sam Campbell, Adam Hess and Stevie Martin. Cast includes Jamie Demetriou, Ben Ashenden, Kemah Bob, Kevin Garry, Emily Lloyd-Saini, Emma Sidi, Tom Stourton and Jason York and it will be directed by Big Red Button and executive produced by Rupert Majendie. Red Flag was commissioned by Joe Hullait.


Unfair


Written by Emma Lennox, this culture-clash comedy is the story of clueless student Sorcha who leaves her leafy home for a life on a showman’s yard with boyfriend, Bentley. Sorcha is desperate to fit in with his family, but knowing nothing of fairground life doesn't realise she's in for a rollercoaster ride.

Unfair will be directed by Meg Campbell, executive produced by Chris Young, produced by Carolynne Sinclair Kidd and made by Young Films with support by Creative Scotland.


William of Orangedale


Inspired by the life of comedian William Thompson who co-wrote the script alongside fellow comedian Dave Elliott, this is a coming-of-age comedy about teenager William and his friends growing up on a council estate in East Belfast and the shenanigans that they get up to.


Your teenage years can be complicated but for William, he must juggle all these dramas while living with cerebral palsy. Developed by Hat Trick, William of Orangedale delves into a side of Northern Ireland never seen on screen before.


William of Orangedale promises to be an uplifting tale about friendship, family and making the best of your lot! It will be directed by Eoin Cleland, produced by Anna Hinds and executive produced by Louise Gallagher and Jimmy Mulville for Hat Trick Productions.



These Blaps will be released Friday 6th May on All4 with Biscuitland set to be released later this year