Solon switches sides

ITV snaps up Perrier-winner's show

ITV2 has picked up a sketch show from Perrier award-winner Laura Solon from the BBC.

Solon will star alongside Marek Larwood and Ben Willbond in the series, provisionally titled The Third XI.

The eight-part series had been in development for BBC Three, but MediaGuardian reports that the corporation passed up the option to make it for broadcast.

Instead it was snapped up by ITV's director of comedy and entertainment, Paul Jackson, and the ITV2 controller, Zai Bennett.

The decision means production company Avalon has landed its first commission for ITV2.

The show, to be written by its stars, is currently in production and is set to air early 2008 next year.

Solon landed a Radio 4 show after she won the Perrier in 2005, becoming only the second woman after Jenny Éclair to do so.

Published: 10 Oct 2007

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