Dylan Moran writes, and stars with Morgana Robinson, in a new BBC sitcom about a couple in a stagnant relationship, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.
Filming for the “sometimes grim, sometimes surreal” sitcom Stuck begins in Belfast this month, with five 15-minute episodes to air on BBC Two and iPlayer later this year.
This is Moran’s first leading role in a television comedy since Black Books ended in 2004. His characters, and those of Robinson, Dan and Carla, are described as “at a crossroads.”
Dan was recently made redundant, while Carla wonders if that’s all she can expect from life. Add their age gap to the mix and the reappearance on the stage of Carla’s ex-girlfriend Maya, and it’s no wonder they feel stuck.
The short series is directed by Ian FitzGibbon (Moone Boy, Hullraisers) and produced by Nick Coupe (BBC Three Quickies, Hidden Ireland podcast) for Hat Trick Productions (Derry Girls, Have I Got News For You).
âI’m excited to be working with the smartypant comedians at Hat Rack, going to Belfast to shoot our crazy little series,â Moran said. âMorgana is a one-woman army of comedic power, and the little gang of loons that we found made a very lumpy talent piÃ±ata. Terrifying. I’m okay with that because I know our brilliant director Ian FitzGibbon specializes in cajoling magic even from clumps like me breathing through foreheads and hitting walls. Look at us. “
Moran has been developing Stuck’s idea since at least 2016, when he told Canadian newspaper The Times Colonist that he was writing a pilot on mental health. Last year he told newspaper i that “I try to write about modern pressures. Well, not modern pressures. I try to write about people under pressure, kind of pressure. “
Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville, who is an executive producer, said: “I can’t think of a better way to start a new year than to work on a Dylan Moran comedy. In Stuck, he turns traditional romantic comedy upside down with and painfully honest observations.
“And with Morgana Robinson as a co-star, it promises to be a masterclass in writing and comedy performance.”
The editors-in-chief of BBC Comedy are Seb Barwell and Gregor Sharp and the editor-in-chief of BBC Northern Ireland is Eddie Doyle.
âDylan is one of the great comedic minds of our time,â said Barwell, âso it’s extremely exciting that he’s created this new narrative series, touching on love, relationships and a very current sense of limbo. , with all the insight and humor of his stand-up shows. “
Hat Trick piloted a separate sitcom called Stuck for Sky One in 2017. Written about an Antarctic Explorer by David O’Doherty, who starred alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joe Thomas, it was neither broadcast nor commissioned. for a series.
Moran begins his We Got This stand-up tour with a three-night run at the Norwich Playhouse on March 6 and appears in Netflix’s upcoming fantasy series. The Witcher: Origin of Blood, alongside Michelle Yeoh and Lenny Henry, playing the intriguing Uthrock One-Nut.
Robinson appears in Toast Of Tinseltown on BBC Two, recently filmed the comedy miniseries Newark, Newark for Gold and in March will be seen in the film Martini’s shot, about a struggling director, alongside John Cleese, Matthew Modine and Derek Jacobi.
Meanwhile, Stuck is just one of many Northern Irish comedies the BBC has announced this week.
The company also commissioned a still-untitled double-act Conor Grimes and Alan McKee show about a fictional Gaelic Athletic Association sports and social club, St Mungo’s. Produced by Long Story TV, it will air on BBC One Northern Ireland later this year.
The Paddy Raff Show Also returns for a new four-part series later this month, while the sketch show Dry your eyes, originally created by Hole In The Wall Gang, was revived after 16 years, with a new team of performers including Michael Stranney, Niamh McAllister, Bernadette Brown, Diona Doherty and Cailum Carragher.
Long-standing satirical show Give my head peace returns this evening, while the panel The blame game is back later this year, hosted by Tim McGarry, with panelists Doherty, Neil Delamere and Colin Murphy.
The broadcast and other casting details for Stuck have yet to be announced.