EXCLUSIVE: Sky One has committed to the six-part comedy series Intelligence, which will star David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed. Schwimmer, who followed Friends with the small screen turn American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson, will be executive producer along with Mohammed. Mohammed is writing it and his credits include The Martian and Christopher Robin. The show is co-produced by Dark Harbor Stories and Expectation. Intelligence will be internationally distributed by Sky Vision.
Commissioned by Sky One comedy head Jon Mountague, the six-part series is a workplace comedy series based in Cheltenham and set in the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters. Schwimmer plays a power-hungry, maverick NSA agent who joins an inept and tactless computer analyst (Mohammed) and a newly-formed team tackling cyber-crime. What could go wrong?
“Even though the stakes are really high for the team, fighting cyber-crime, our six-part comedy series reveals the reality is not dissimilar to any other office environment, from temperamental photocopiers to meeting rooms being double booked,” said Nerys Evans, Expectation’s Creative Director, Comedy. “David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed have a fantastic ‘odd couple’ chemistry and the scripts are brilliantly funny, we can’t wait to see the world of Intelligence come to life.”
Said Schwimmer said: “I have no idea what this show is about but if it’s called Intelligence, naturally I’m going to be part of it.”
Mohammed called the chance to work with Schwimmer “an absolute dream come true. He’s collaborative, honest and exquisitely funny and I couldn’t be more delighted and flattered by his involvement. On saying that, we did initially offer the part to the local shoplifter from Blackpool, but he wasn’t available, sadly. Either way, we hope that everyone at GCHQ is as excited about this series as we are. I presume they were aware of this series being green-lit way before we ever were…”
Jon Mountague, Head of Comedy, Sky Entertainment, said: “Nick Mohammed has written a brilliantly funny comedy series in Intelligence. David & Nick are hilarious together and so perfectly represent the special relationship between our two great nations. I can’t wait.”
Expectation’s Nerys Evans will also be exec producer. Schwimmer is repped by Gersh and attorney Michael Gendler; Mohammed is United Agents’ Kitty Laing and CAA.