Radio 4 goes to Hal

Cruttenden lands his own series

Hal Cruttenden has been commissioned to make a four-part sitcom for Radio 4.

The show, titled Hal, will explore the stand-up’s life as a rudderless house husband trying to find a purpose.

He will be given advice by a number of characters each week, including the ghost of his father, who is continually upbeat, but only seems to make Hal’s situation worse. 

Cruttenden said: ‘I’m delighted to get this chance to prove to the nation that I’m a British Seinfeld with slightly camper voice.’

The show will be written next year – but not go out until 2014.

A Radio 4 spokesman added: ‘We’re delighted to be able to commission this. We are placing a run of four programmes on Sunday evenings where we think it will bring something distinct to the schedule.’

Earlier this year, Cruttenden signed a DVD deal with Channel 4. 

His TV appearances include Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and the Royal Variety Performance – and he will be on the edition of Live At The Apollo that airs on BBC One on January 4.

Published: 24 Dec 2012

Today's comedy-on demand picks

KEY WORKER

Plebs and Pls Like star Jon Pointing has been shooting this online sitcom while volunteering for a local food bank. He plays Bradley from Bromley, a twentysomething lifted from his inertia by a newfound purpose in life.

The series has been produced by Baby Cow Productions, whose creative director Steve Coogan called it 'warm, funny and beautifully observed.'

Click for more suggestions

... including Lovebirds,a new Netflix comedymovie starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, and Jen Brister headlining a charity comedy gig.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.