BBC Two commissions big batch of new sitcoms

The BBC Landmark Sitcom Season is upon us, and BBC Two has commissioned a whole bunch of new sitcoms ready to air next month from some of the UK’s favourite comics.

First up is Our Ex Wife, in which Robert Webb stars as divorcee Jack, who's still trying to shake off ex-wife Hillary (Victoria Hamilton). Despite being happily engaged to fiancée Sara (Melanie Lynskey), his ex and mother of his kids just can't seem to leave them alone. The show's creator and writer is former Simpsons writer Julie Thacker Scully, so you know it's going to be good.

We The Jury, meanwhile, follows the members of the jury on a high-profile trial. Juror and star William (Ed Easton) always knew he was one day destined for jury duty, and he lucks out when he's called for duty on a major murder trial. His fellow jurors - played by Sophie Thompson, Diane Morgan, Oliver Maltman, David Schaal, Kenneth Collard, Kae Alexander, Vivienne Acheampong, and Samson Kayo - are a "mismatched collection of enthusiastic fools, inconsiderate bullies, and self-obsessed weirdos", and, teamed with a judge (Maggie Steed) in her final trial, things are sure to be a tad disastrous.

The third new comedy is The Coopers Vs The Rest, starring Tess (Tanya Franks) and Toby (Paterson Joseph, aka Peep Show's Johnson) as parents determined to make a difference to their three adopted kids' lives. And of course they do that by doing things like gatecrashing their son's classmate's birthday party.

Those three sitcoms will go alongside two other new ones that the Beeb has previously announced: Motherland, a Graham Linehan-penned show about the trials and tribulations of moddle-class motherhood; and Home From Home, starring Johnny Vegas, Joanna Page, and a lodge in the Lake District.

Look out for all five sitcoms as part of New On Two, on BBC Two next month.

Source: BBC

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