Comedy on ice

BBC2 plans skating sitcom

BBC Two is planning a new comedy series based around the competitive world of amateur ice-skating.

Phoenix Nights producer John Rushton and The League of Gentlemen producer Sarah Smith have teamed up to create the new show, called Bladecamp.

It will revolve around the intense rivalry between a trainer and her nemesis, played by Vanity Fair actress Deborah Findlay and Family Affairs actress Marian McLoughlin.

The Manchester-based show will also star Marc Wootton, Nina Wadia and Maria McErlane.

It is one of several comedies in development for BBC Two next year.

A new police series called Feel the Force, billed as a comic cross between the Dukes of Hazzard and Cagney and Lacey, is also in the pipeline with Doon Mackichan and Michelle Gomez playing two policewomen

And the corporation has previously announced the sci-fi spoof Hyperdrive, starring Spaced’s Nick Frost aboard the British spaceship HMS Camden Lock.

Earlier this year, BBC Two  controller Roly Keating said: ‘There is a sense among comics and comedy writers that BBC2 is one of the best places to bring new things to the audience.’

 

Published: 6 Dec 2005

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