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If.comedy winners in sci-fi cartoon

Edinburgh award-winners Brendon Burns and Phil Nichol are providing the voices for a new animated sci-fi comedy.

The if.comedy winners will be appearing in One Star, a 3D animation set in the ‘worst B&B in space’, which airs on BBC Two in Scotland this autumn.

Gavin Mitchell of Still Game, Mitchell and Webb regular Sarah Hadland and sketch performer/stand-up Greg McHugh, will also be providing voices.

The comedy is set in the year 2050 when space tourism is booming, in a B&B on the edge of the universe owned by Gray, an ex Scottish border farmer, and staffed by a two-headed, contrary alien dogsbody.

The show is one of three new comedy pilots unveiled by BBC Scotland, that also includes a show from internet film-maker Limmy, real name Brian Limond.

Limmy’s Show is a half-hour collection of ‘character pieces, cutting observations, visuals and sketches’. Here is one of his internet sketches:

The third new show is Burnistoun, a sketch show set in a fictional Scottish town, written and performed by Robert Florence and Iain Connell, who previously created the BBC One Scotland comedy Legit.

Donalda MacKinnon, head of programmes at BBC Scotland, said the new shows, to air this autumn, were ‘fantastic’.

Also on the comedy slate is No Holds Bard, a 60-minute comedy drama celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, starring shley Jensen, Bill Paterson and Denis Lawson.

It follows the lives of competitors as they prepare to vie for the 2009 Cup O'Kindness – the trophy awarded to the best Burns recital.

Published: 4 Sep 2008

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