Sketch trio Pappy’s are to make their own six-part sitcom for BBC Three.
The studio-based sitcom – which has the working title The Secret Dude Society – will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Glasgow early next year.
It is not their first venture into TV, but it is their first series. In 2009, they made a pilot of a spoof game show, called Mr And Mrs Hotty Hott Hot Show, which went out as part of E4’s Comedy Lab strand, and the previous year, while a foursome with Brendan Dodds and still called Pappy’s Fun Club, they made a self-titled sketch show pilot for Channel 4.
The Secret Dude Society will be made by The Comedy Unit, the Scottish production company behind Rab C Nesbitt and Limmy’s Show.
Creative director Gavin Smith said: ‘We’ve long been fans of Pappy’s amazing live shows, so it’s been great to work with them on finding a sitcom world that has room for all the mayhem they convey to a live audience.’
This will be BBC Three’s first studio sitcom since 2009’s ill-fated We Are Klang. Channel controller Zai Bennett said ‘The Secret Dude Society with Pappy’s has fantastic energy and a super high gag rate. It’s the first a studio sitcom we’ve green lit in years on BBC Three and should complement our on-going comedy renaissance.’