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MR BLUE SKY Returns to BBC Radio 4 for a second series from 9th April 2012

“This was a lovely series… a joy from the start.”
Miranda Sawyer, The Observer

We welcome back eternal optimist Harvey Easter (MARK BENTON, Silent Witness, BBC One, Early Doors, BBC Two) and his family for the return of critically acclaimed comedy drama, Mr Blue Sky. The recession has hit the Easter family hard. Harvey finds himself faced with a home in economic lockdown as his wife of 19 years Jax (CLAIRE SKINNER Outnumbered BBC One) draws up a series of austerity measures; his distraught teenage daughter Charlie (ROSAMUND HANSON This Is England ‘86 and ’88, Channel 4, Life’s Too Short, BBC Two) is forced to put her lavish wedding plans on hold to grime DJ fiancée Kill-R (JAVONE PRINCE PhoneShop E4); and youngest son Robbie (TYGER DREW HONEY Outnumbered, BBC One) starts experimenting with drugs. Tensions mount as Harvey’s racist 76 year old mum Lou (SORCHA CUSACK Coronation Street ITV1, Silent Witness BBC One) comes to stay when her Italian plumber boyfriend dies, but how long will her visit last? And why won’t Harvey’s best friend Ray (JUSTIN EDWARDS, The Thick of It BBC Four) introduce them to his new girlfriend? In the midst of all this economic family turmoil, Harvey’s optimism remains steadfast, convinced that positive thinking reaps dividends.

Mr Blue Sky, stars MARK BENTON, CLAIRE SKINNER, ROSAMUND HANSON, TYGER DREW HONEY, JAVONE PRINCE, SORCHA CUSACK, NAVIN CHOWDHRY, JUSTIN EDWARDS, MICHAEL LEGGE, ANGUS DEAYTON, SIMON DAY, GREG DAVIES, SUSY KANE and is written by ANDREW COLLINS, (EastEnders, co-wrote BBC1's Not Going Out with LEE MACK, BBC2/BBC3's Grass with SIMON DAY.)
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The six-part series of Mr Blue Sky begins on the
9th April at 11.30am on BBC Radio 4

For further information please contact:
Debra Clavey, Hannah Wilkinson or Dan Lloyd at Avalon on Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 7222
Email: debrac@avalonuk.com / hannahw@avalonuk.com / danl@avalonuk.com


WHAT THE PRESS SAID ABOUT MR BLUE SKY SERIES ONE…


“This was a lovely series… a joy from the start.”
Miranda Sawyer, The Observer

“Mark Benton is perfectly cast in this sweet four-part comedy about the eternally optimistic, tone-deaf piano salesman. Harvey’s wife Jax has realised that his glass-half-full outlook is actually his problem, but will she hang around long enough to do anything about it? Can anything at all - pestilence, infidelity - stop Harvey from looking on the bright side?”
Mail on Sunday

“The marvellous Mark Benton embraced the character with such full-hearted chirpiness that I was on the edge of my seat wondering how long before it reversed into gloom.”
Moira Petty, The Stage

“Andrew Collins's comedy… is full of warm, nicely observed lines.”
Elisabeth Mahoney, The Guardian

“Mr Blue Sky features a stellar cast”
The British Comedy Guide


ANDREW COLLINS - BIOGRAPHY


ANDREW COLLINS is an award-winning scriptwriter, journalist and broadcaster whose hit BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out (co-written with star LEE MACK) won the Breakthrough Award at the Royal Television Society Awards and the Rose D’Or for Best Sitcom. It is now in its fifth series.

He is the creator and sole writer of Mr Blue Sky for BBC Radio 4, now in its second series, which was described by The Observer as “a lovely series that got better as it went along.” The Daily Telegraph said, “Funny? Well, yes. Andrew Collins, the writer, understands people.”

He began his journalistic career at the NME, going on to edit Q magazine and Empire. Moving to radio on the original BBC Radio Five, he was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award for his first series with STUART MACONIE, Fantastic Voyage. He won a Sony Gold for Collins & Maconie's Hit Parade on BBC Radio 1 and went on to co-present Collins & Maconie's Movie Club on ITV.

ANDREW was one of the first scriptwriters on Family Affairs on Channel Five, from which he moved to EastEnders, a regular writer for three years. He hosted BBC Radio 4’s weekly film programme Back Row and presented a daily show, Teatime, on BBC 6 Music between its launch in 2002 and 2005, and a weekend show until 2007; he still appears regularly on the network. He fronted topical comedy The Day The Music Died on Radio 2 (six series) and panel game Banter on Radio 4 (three series). He also presents documentaries for BBC Radio 4, including Send In The Clones, Shots From The Hip, The G-Word, 3D In Perspective and Oscar Sings.

His first sitcom, Grass, written with star SIMON DAY, aired on BBC2 in 2003. He is a writer on Sky’s forthcoming comedy Gates and script edited The Persuasionists for BBC2 and Shappi Khorsandi’s Little Cracker for Sky 1.


AVALON TELEVISION


Currently Avalon Television have in production: brand new late night show Live At The Electric (BBC THREE) hosted by RUSSELL KANE; You Cannot Be Serious! (ITV1) a topical sports entertainment series, hosted by ALISTAIR MCGOWAN; and the quadruple-BAFTA and triple British Comedy award-winning Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1). Avalon Television also produce: Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC THREE), recommissioned for series six and seven in 2012; five series of the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE); critically-acclaimed topical comedy show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC TWO); That Sunday Night Show (ITV 1), hosted by ADRIAN CHILES and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC THREE).

This year in the US, Avalon Television is producing season’s three of Workaholics, the most successful non-animated scripted comedy series in Comedy Central history, and John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show (Comedy Central). As well as the second season of Rove: LA, with host ROVE MCMANUS for FOX8 and the first season of Bunk (IFC), a game show parody hosted by KURT BRAUNOHLER. Also an established provider of digital content, The Handlers, starring BRYAN CRANSTON, is currently represented on Atom.com.

Avalon Television also produces successful radio shows: BBC Radio 5 Live’s 7 Day Sunday hosted by AL MURRAY with regular contributors including ANDY ZALTZMAN and REBECCA FRONT; 8 series of Heresy (BBC Radio 4); Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2); Dave Gorman’s Sunday Morning Show for Absolute Radio, the first commercial radio podcast to rise as high as number 1 in the iTunes Podcast chart; The Frank Skinner Show, Absolute Radio’s Saturday morning’s flagship show, whose spin-off podcasts received 10.1 million downloads in 2011 alone; and critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Living with Mother (BBC Radio 4) featuring ALISON STEADMAN, TIMOTHY SPALL, PENELOPE KEITH, Mr Blue Sky (BBC Radio 4) starring MARK BENTON and Don’t Start (BBC Radio 4), written and starring FRANK SKINNER.

Avalon Television, founded in 1993, have supplied to all major UK channels and leading cable and satellite stations, in addition to content for radio broadcasters. Avalon Television has produced Fantasy Football League (BBC TWO, ITV 1) with DAVID BADDIEL and FRANK SKINNER; three series of BAFTA award-winning The Harry Hill Show (Channel 4); the first ever UK arena comedy show Baddiel and Newman in Pieces at Wembley and Royal Television Society Award nominated The Frank Skinner Show (BBC ONE, ITV 1), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak.