Boom Town – the reality show-sketch comedy hybrid – has been picked up for a full series.
BBC Three controller Zai Bennett has ordered six half-hours of the show, which features ‘real-life characters’ with their own ‘catchphrases, eccentricities and larger than life personalities’, none of which will be scripted.
The ‘performers’ will be cast from all over the country, but made to look as if they live in the same town. It follows the success of such ‘scripted reality’ shows as The Only Way Is Essex and Jersey Shore.
The BBC’s executive entertainment editor, Karl Warner, has previously said: ‘Boom Town will be the first sketch show to make stars out of real people.’
Announcing the news at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Bennett, pictured, said: ‘At BBC Three we’re never afraid to try new things and we’re the only channel that brings such a rich and diverse offering specifically to young audiences in the UK.’