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‘WELL FUNNY PEOPLE’ (w/t) – A NEW CHARACTER COMEDY SHOW FROM LEE NELSON CREATOR SIMON BRODKIN FOR BBC THREE

It was announced today (15 August 2012) that acclaimed character comedian SIMON BRODKIN (Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show, BBC Three), has been commissioned for a new series by Controller of BBC Three ZAI BENNETT and Commissioning Editor CHRIS SUSSMAN.

Building on the success of two previous BBC Three series for SIMON BRODKIN, Well Funny People (working title) will be a completely new character comedy show which will feature established audience favourites including, the irrepressible Lee Nelson and idiotic premiere league footballer Jason Bent, whilst introducing a multitude of newly invented characters such as reality sensation and star of "The Only Way Is Macclesfield”, Gary Sedgemore, plus culinary inspiration from the Geordie Kitchen, mixing masterclasses from the Club DJ and an interesting line in school discipline from the Gangsta Head.

CHRIS SUSSMAN, Executive Editor BBC Comedy, said: “Simon has come up with some brilliant new characters that poke fun at all parts of modern, multicultural Britain. It’s cheeky and should be well funny.”

RICHARD ALLEN-TURNER, Joint Managing Director of Avalon Television said: “Simon has an exceptional ability to create fully-rounded, not to mention utterly hilarious, characters and I’m very excited that we’ll be bringing more of these to BBC Three.”

An Avalon Television production, Well Funny People will be directed by REBECCA RYCROFT (Horrible Histories, BBC Two) and produced by CAMERON BANKS (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, BBC One), while the Executive Producers are RICHARD ALLEN-TURNER, ROB ASLETT and JON THODAY. The Executive Producer for the BBC is CHRIS SUSSMAN.

Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show was a ratings hit for BBC Three, winning consolidated viewing figures of up to 2 million per episode.

The new series in in production this summer and is set for transmission in winter.
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For more information please contact:
Dan Lloyd at Avalon on: 020 7598 7222 or email: DanL@avalonuk.com

Notes to editors:

Some things the press said about Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC Three)


“Nelson, a baseball cap-wearing ‘sarf London’ geezer with a little Harry Enfield and even a strand or two of Norman Wisdom in his DNA, is surely destined for a bigger stage."
Martin James, The Sunday Times

“As comic inventions go, Simon Brodkin’s south London council estate geezer Lee Nelson is up with the best.”
Simon Horsford, The Daily Telegraph

“Mainstream success beckons… it’s ‘qualitee’”
Grazia

“It’s a rare comic that can “insult an audience and make them feel delighted that he bothered”. But that’s the strength of Lee Nelson, says the Times comedy critic Dominic Maxwell - and there’s plenty of evidence to support that case as Nelsy returns for his second run on telly… he never lets his happy-go-lucky high energy mask slip, resulting in a show with the raucous energy of an Ann Summers party, in a good way”
Alex Hardy, The Times

“…it does obey the only rule of comedy that really matters. It’s funny.”
The Guardian

Avalon Television

In the UK Avalon Television have in production: brand new peak-time entertainment series You Cannot Be Serious! (ITV1) starring ALISTAIR MCGOWAN; Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), recommissioned for series six and seven in 2012; the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE), which saw viewing figures of over 5 million during the last series; Man Down a new sitcom pilot for Channel 4, written by and starring GREG DAVIES; and I Love My Country a new entertainment pilot starring DAVID WALLIAMS, FRANK SKINNER and GREG DAVIES for BBC One. Avalon Television also produces: critically-acclaimed topical comedy show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC TWO); That Sunday Night Show (ITV1), hosted by ADRIAN CHILES and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC Three).

This year in the US, Avalon Television is producing: season three of Workaholics, the most successful non-animated scripted comedy series in Comedy Central history; John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show (Comedy Central); a second season of Rove: LA, with host ROVE MCMANUS for FOX8; and 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, ITV1) 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, ITV1), 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.