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Sara Pascoe to make a BBC Two sitcom

Exploring family, relationships and biology

BBC Two has commissioned a new six-part comedy from Sara Pascoe.

The show, yet to titled, is based on her previous BBC comedy short Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy and subverts the traditional sitcom format by breaking out of the narrative for surreal asides and factual insight.

Over the series she explores why everyone else is pairing up and having babies and sets out on a mission to understand them. She tries to prove that romantic love is mere chemicals and conditioning and doesn’t deserve our respect. This conflicts a little with preparations for her sister’s wedding, and her best friend’s first pregnancy. 

The comedian said: ‘I'm obsessed with family dynamics, sex, hope and the reasons underlying why humans behave as we do. My new series gives me a chance to explore all of these things in a funny, silly way, buoyed up by the research I've done for my two books.’

Six episodes are being made by  Simon Pegg’s Stolen Picture. He said: "We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Sara. She is without doubt, one of the sharpest minds and the funniest voices working in comedy today.’

Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller comedy commissioning, said: ‘Sara’s eclectic comic mind and unconventional approach to storytelling combine to deliver a truly inventive show.’

Pascoe’s second book, Sex Power Money, is released next week. Order here.

Untitled Sara Pascoe series production credits

Made by: Stolen Picture and Sara Pascoe for BBC Two
Commissioned by: Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, and Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning
Executive producers: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Miles Ketley for Stolen Picture and Sara Pascoe
Producer: Catherine Gosling Fuller
BBC commissioning editor: Kate Daughton
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Television

Published: 21 Aug 2019

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