BBC Three orders gym comedy Peacock | From some of the People Just Do Nothing team © Big Talk/BBC

BBC Three orders gym comedy Peacock

From some of the People Just Do Nothing team

People Just Do Nothing stars Steve Stamp and Allan ‘Seapa’ Mustafa have made a new comedy, set in a gym.

BBC Three has ordered three half-hour episodes of Peacock, which Stamp wrote with Ben Murray – director of the original Kurupt FM YouTube content.

Mustafa plays the title role of Andy Peacock, a physical training instructor in the midst of an identity crisis.

Producers Big Talk say: ‘His world is one of selfies, bravado and gym memberships, where vanity and success are often horribly entangled. When Andy loses out on a job promotion to a younger, better looking PT, he suddenly realises he’s a man out of time. He needs to prove that there’s more to him than his good looks and his well curated dating profile.’

Co-stars include Lucien Laviscount (who plays Alfie in Netflix series Emily in Paris), YouTuber-turned-actor Thomas Gray, comedy regular Susan Wokoma, After Life’s Mandeep Dhillon, Flowers star Sophia Di Martino and The Stranger’s Callie Cooke.

Stamp said: ‘Clearly I am not someone qualified to write about going to the gym so it’s actually mostly about a bunch of flawed messes struggling to function in the modern world.’

Kenton Allen, chief executive of Big Talk said: "Steve and Ben have flexed their award-winning comedy muscles and written a very smart show that means you’ll never step into another gym without thinking about the unique approach to fitness at Sportif Leisure and the soon to be iconic PT, Mr Andy Peacock.’

The series is currently filming in Liverpool and will air later this year. It has been in development since at least 2018  Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper shot a not-for-broadcast pilot episode.

News of the commission was announced on the eve of BBC Three returning as a broadcast channel tomorrow, after almost six years as an online-only platform.

Its controller Fiona Campbell added: ’People Just Do Nothing was a massive hit for BBC Three so it goes without saying that we couldn’t be happier that we’re working with some of the highly-talented team behind it for their new series Peacock.’

Peacock production credits

Made by: Big Talk
Created by: Steve Stamp and Ben Murray
Directed by: Freddie Waters
Developed and produced by: Lara Singer
Executive producers: Saurabh Kakkar, Kenton Allen, and Matthew Justice
Commissioned by: Fiona Campbell
Commissioning Editor for the BBC

Published: 31 Jan 2022

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