BBC3 reaches out for Heroes

Bid to buy Australian comedy

BBC Three is in talks to acquire the predecessor to Australian mockumentary Summer Heights High.

The broadcaster is interested in airing We Can Be Heroes, the six-part series Chris Lilley created before his school-based comedy, trade magazine Broadcast reports.

In it, he plays five people who have been nominated for the fictional Australian of the Year award, including a teenager who donated his eardrum to his twin for a transplant, a housewife who holds the record for rolling on her side, and spoilt schoolgirl Ja'mie King, who also appears in Summer Heights High.

The series was shown in Australia in 2005 and won awards including the Banff World Television Award for best comedy and the Rose d’Or for best male comedy performance.

Summer Heights High – in which Lilley also plays egotistical drama teacher Mr G and bully Jonah Takalua - attracts around 280,000 viewers to BBC Three.

Here’s a clip from We Can Be Heroes. There are more videos here.

Published: 31 Jul 2008

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