BBC orders Kayvan Novak sitcom | Co-starring Bradley Walsh © BBC/Happy Tramp Productions

BBC orders Kayvan Novak sitcom

Co-starring Bradley Walsh

Kayvan Novak and Bradley Walsh are to co-star in a new six-part BBC One sitcom called Woody.

Set on a fictional Spanish island, it follows the fortunes of a top undercover reporter Woody (Novak), who is forced to go on the run from the British authorities after being set up by his corrupt newspaper editor.

He escapes to find the one man he can trust, his former mentor, Brutus (Walsh), who is now running a bar. Subsequently, Woody ends up taking on investigations on the island, instigated by Brutus and using his astonishing ability to adopt a variety of guises.

Novak said: 'Woody is the part I have dreamed of playing since I was a kid. That and Boba Fett.'

Walsh added: 'To be working for the BBC, the iconic home of British sitcom is, for me personally, a lifelong ambition fulfilled. To say I’m thrilled is an understatement.'

The show was commissioned following a successful pilot last summer. It is written by Neil Webster, co-founder of Would I Lie To You? producers Zeppotron, and Charlie Skelton, who also worked on the show.

BBC comedy chief Shane Allen said: 'Woody is a really ambitious, colourful, feel-good comedy with two lovable rogues at the heart of it in Kayvan and Bradley. They'll bring sunshine and laughs to BBC One.'

Webster, who is also producing the show through his company Happy Tramp says: 'It’s like all of my Fletch/Magnum/Minder dreams have come true at once. And we get to work in the sun.'

Published: 14 May 2014

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