Shooting Stars might have been axed – but Vic and Bob’s sidekick Angelos Epithemiou has immediately landed a series with Channel 4.
The broadcaster has today announced two new comedy commissions – The Angelos Neil Epithemiou Show, and a new sitcom called The Mimic, starring impressionist Terry Mynott.
Epithemiou’s show was initially made as a one-off Comedy Showcase, but now the broadcaster has ordered a full series from the character’s creator, Dan Renton Skinner.
Made by Reeves and Mortimer’s production company Pett, the show promises ‘slapstick, jokes, high energy dancing, catchy singing and sophisticated magic’ as well as studio audience interaction, new comedy characters and celebrity guests.
Meanwhile, The Mimic, written by Russell Brand’s former sidekick Matt Morgan, is about a maintenance man who conceals an uncanny gift for impressions – and who suddenly has to face up to the realities of life when he learns he may be the father of a teenage boy.
Fiona McDermott, who commissioned both series for Channel 4, said: ‘With The Mimic and Angelos we're embracing everything from the sublime to the ridiculous, and we couldn't be more excited.
‘The Mimic is one of the most original and funny talent-led narratives we've seen and we're thrilled we've got the privilege of allowing Mr Angelos Epithemiou to develop his career on C4.’