Taylor-made comedy

Karen lands BBC3 sitcom

Comic Karen Taylor, star of ITV1's The Sketch Show, has landed her own BBC3 sitcom, described as a ‘female Young Ones’.

The comic co-wrote the show, May Contain Nuts, with fellow comic-actress, Mirren Delaney.

BBC3 has commissioned a broadcast pilot from Avalon Television, ready to air this spring.

Jon Thoday, Avalon’s joint managing director, said: “We are excited to be making our first show for BBC3, which has already proved to be a great breeding ground for new comedy.”

Meanwhile, Taylor’s Sketch Show co-star Lee Mack has made a creditable, if unspectacular, debut on American TV.

The US version of the show, presented by Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and featuring an all-American cast alongside Mack, was seen by 5.5 million viewers on Sunday night.

It’s a modest figure, putting  the show was well down the Nielsen ratings chart – but still more than the average audience the Fox network gets for that 9.30pm timeslot. It was also particularly popular with the under-34s so coveted by advertisers.

Avalon has already sold the Sketch Show format to broadcasters in 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Russia.


Published: 1 Mar 2005

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