King Gary: BBC One comedy to get a full series
BBC One sitcom King Gary has been handed a full series after a pilot episode last Christmas.
The one-off 30-minute instalment aired on December 23.
Now the BBC has ordered a full six-part series which begins production this weekend.
The series is created by the Bafta-winning team behind Murder In Successville. It is written by Tom Davis and James De Frond, stars Davis and is directed by De Frond.
The series follows Gary King (Tom Davis) and love-of-his life, Terri (Laura Checkley) as they bowl through family-life in suburbia. Gary’s quest to impress the neighbours and fill dad, Big Gary’s big shoes, might be more successful if he wasn’t such a drama-queen but there’s always a lot of love around in Butterchurn Crescent.
The pilot episode saw Gary go head to head with a neighbour in a barbecue war, leading Gary to organise the biggest barbecue in history to win over the residents.
Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning for the BBC, said: “King Gary is big on laughs, big on heart and big on talent. Landing a mainstream family sitcom with a modern tone is a tough nut to crack but these scripts are bursting with great lines and well-earned set pieces. We look forward to Gary and Terri bringing cheer to a year of bafflement.”
Writer and star, Tom Davis, commented: “James and I are honoured to be given the opportunity to bring the world we’ve grown up around to BBC One. We were both blown away with the tip top response to the pilot and can’t wait to get cracking with the series. We love writing these characters and it’s going to be an absolute joy to muck about in their world.”
The cast will include Simon Day (The Fast Show) as Big Gary; Camille Coduri (Him & Her) as Denise; Laura Checkley (The Detectorists) as Terri; Neil Maskell as Winkle (Humans) and Romesh Ranganathan (The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan) as Stuart.
They will be joined by Dustin Demri-Burns (Stath Lets Flats), Lisa McGrillis (Mum), Mim Shaikh (BBC Radio 1Xtra), and Emma Sidi (Pls Like).