As part of Comedy Central International’s initiative to commission multi-camera sitcoms for a global audience, the Viacom-owned broadcaster is going into production on UK series Brotherhood, the first to come through its development pipeline. Formerly known as Mummy’s Boys, an unaired pilot was shot last year and eight half-hour episodes have been confirmed. ITV-owned Big Talk Productions (A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Ant Man) is shooting Brotherhood on location and in front of a Pinewood Studios audience starting this month. Newcomers Patrick Carr and Paul McKenna are penning the series in their first scripted commission.
Brotherhood follows twenty-somethings Dan and Toby who become surrogate parents to little brother Jamie after their mother passes away. Dan is a sarcastic joker, Toby is a naive sweetheart with an eye for the ladies, and Jamie hasn’t said a word in six months.
Johnny Flynn (Scrotal Recall), Ben Ashenden (Siblings), Ellie Taylor (Family Tree, Snog, Marry, Avoid), Gemma Chan (Fresh Meat, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), and Sarah Hadland (The Job Lot, Burton And Taylor) are starring.
When the series was first tipped last year, Comedy Central UK Managing Director and SVP International Content Jill Offman told Broadcast the aim was to produce hundreds of episodes of new multi-camera sitcoms over the next few years. “Are we going to aspire to be Chuck Lorre? Why wouldn’t we?,” she told the British trade. Producer is Sam Ward (Threesome) and I’m Alan Partridge‘s Dominic Brigstocke is directing. Executive producers are Big Talk’s Kenton Allen, Caroline Leddy (The Inbetweeners), and Comedy Central’s Offman and Lourdes Diaz, a former NBC executive.