Ill Behaviour: BBC series announced with first promo photo
Finally 3 part BBC series 'Ill Behaviour' has been announced by Deadline, accompanied by the first promo photo of Tom Riley, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Geere and Jessica Regan. We also finally find out about Tom's character! Read the article in full on Deadline.
EXCLUSIVE: In advance of the BBC Worldwide Showcase event in Liverpool next week, Fudge Park’s Iain Morris and Damon Beesley are teaming with hot Brit writer Sam Bain for three-part BBC Comedy laffer Ill Behaviour.
Exec produced by Fudge Park, the banner set up in 2015 by The Inbetweeners creators Morris and Beesley, Ill Behaviour stars Chris Geere (Waterloo Road), Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons), Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls), Jessica Regan (Call the Midwife), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day) and John Gordon Sinclair (World War Z).
The story, which is directed by Steve Bendelack (Friday Night Dinner) and produced by Gill Isles (Peter Kay’s Car Share), looks at how far one would go to help a friend.
When Charlie (Riley) is diagnosed with cancer, the prognosis is favorable – he’s young and healthy and the cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has been caught early and is a type of cancer that responds well to chemotherapy. Suspicious of drugs and modern medical treatments, Charlie refuses the chemo in favor of a more natural, alternative form of healing. His oldest friends Joel (Geere) and Tess (Regan) fear he’s written his own suicide note so they decide to hold him hostage and administer the chemo themselves with the help of Nadia (Caplan), an unstable, alcoholic oncologist.
“It’s not really a comedy about cancer at all,” Beesley and Morris tell Deadline. “It’s more about ethical dilemmas and what lengths friends would go to to stop a friend making a bad choice.” Beesley, Morris and Simon Wilson exec produce for Fudge Park along with Bain. It’s produced in conjunction with BBC Worldwide and, as part of the Beeb’s push to make its streaming service a go-to destination, the project will launch as a box set on BBC iPlayer before being broadcast on BBC Two later this year.
It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. Bain, who has penned hit Brit TV comedies such as Peep Show and Fresh Meat, and also co-wrote 2010 feature film comedy Four Lions starring Riz Ahmed, described the project as “a wish-fulfillment fantasy for anyone who’s ever had to stand back, powerless, as a loved one crashes and burns.” This comedic union is the latest boon for Fudge Park, which has been quietly building its television and film slate. When it launched, the company entered a distribution and development deal with BBC Worldwide, which oversees the global sales of finished programs and formats. Ill Behaviour is one of the two main comedies that will feature at the Showcase event this weekend.