They hope to reunite the core team of hapless PRs including Jessica Hynes as Siobhan Sharpe, Hugh Bonneville as Ian Fletcher, Olivia Colman as his PA Sally and Amelia Bulmore as Kay Hope.
A BBC insider said: “There is a real desire for this to happen.
“The show was such a fantastic success and writer John Morton is a genius, such a massive talent.
“It would be so great to get the team together again.”
Plans are in their early stages, with the spin-off likely to see dithering Fletcher taking on another major national project and hiring back his Olympic colleagues to help him out.
In the show, made in the style of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, Ian headed up the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission while Siobhan, who has her own PR company Perfect Curve, was head of brand.
One of the highlights was the development of a travel strategy – called Way to Go – in which pedestrians were banned from pavements.
Morton has indicated that a follow-up comedy could be possible, given the right circumstances. He said: “There’s been some talk about whether there can be a life post-Olympics and it’s tempting because I’d love to work with those actors again.”
The BBC2 series received widespread critical acclaim when it was shown in the run-up to the Olympics last year.
Viewers loved that many of the comedy’s ideas – such as problems with the countdown clock, complaints from animal rights organisations and a bell-ringing competition to mark the start of the Games – were echoed in real life.
Tomorrow Bonneville, Hynes and Colman will find out if they have won a Bafta for their individual performances, while the show is also nominated in the sitcom category.
TwentyTwelve has already been named best comedy by the Royal Television Society and won best sitcom at the Comedy Awards.
Sheridan Smith and Olivia Colman are to play rivals for the affections of David Morrissey in a new BBC One drama.
Broadchurch star Colman will play the wife of Morrissey’s character in The 7.39, a two-part romantic drama written by One Day author David Nicholls.
Olivier awards co-host Smith will play a commuter with whom Morrissey, of The Walking Dead fame, begins an affair.
BBC One has also confirmed a second series of its Sunday night rural drama The Village will air next year.
Writer Peter Moffat said he was “thrilled” to have the opportunity to continue telling the story of one English village across the whole of the 20th Century.
His sentiments were echoed by Starter For Ten author Nicholls, who said he was “delighted to be writing for the BBC again”.
Nicholls previously adapted Much Ado About Nothing for the BBC’s 2005 ShakespeaRe-Told season and, in 2008, adapted Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
The 7.39, he went on, was “a love story for grown-ups” and “the sort of drama that has not been seen on television for a while”.
Colman was recently named best actress for her work on the BBC courtroom drama Accused at the Royal Television Society awards, and is Bafta-nominated for the same role for best supporting actress.
Smith is also in the running at the Baftas for leading actress for Mrs Biggs.
The 7.39 – described as “brilliantly British” by BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson – is one of a raft of new commissions announced by the corporation’s flagship channel.
Last week, BBC One revealed it was working on an adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book Gangsta Granny, to air later this year.
The comedy drama, which the Little Britain star will co-write, tells of a schoolboy who discovers his grandmother was once an international jewel thief.
Walliams, whose novel Mr Stink was dramatised by the BBC last year, said the 60-minute film “should make for exciting family viewing at Christmas”.
The line-up includes Olivia Colman, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Serafinowicz, Lawry Lewin and Brendan Patrick.
As announced in March Nick Frost takes the lead role of Jeremy Sloane – a buttoned-down 1960’s man in crisis. Olivia Colman will play Sloane’s estranged wife Janet. Regularly appearing to him in flashbacks and fantasies, Janet remains a significant ‘other’ in Mr Sloane’s life.
Ophelia Lovibond joins the cast as Robin, a free-spirited young American and prospective new love interest for Mr Sloane, following a chance encounter in his local ironmongers while Peter Serafinowicz will play Ross, one of Mr Sloane’s three childhood friends whom he meets every night in his local.
Lawry Lewin plays Beans, Mr Sloane’s close friend who still lives at home with his mother and Brendan Patricks will play Reggie, the ladies’ man of the group.
Between his failed attempts at marriage, career success and even suicide, it’s fair to say that 1969 isn’t shaping up to be Sloane’s year. But with a potential job opportunity on the horizon and the phone number of a prospective new love interest following a chance encounter in his local hardware store, could Mr Sloane’s luck be about to change?
Filming began earlier this month and will be shot in studio and on location in London for transmission on Sky Atlantic HD in 2014.
BAFTA Award nominated actress Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, Twenty Twelve, Rev) will co-star in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II : The Murder In Angel Lane alongside Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Submarine, Red Riding), who returns to the role of Jack Whicher following the success of film drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, which aired on ITV in April 2011.
Produced by Hat Trick Productions, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II is based on the life and times of Inspector Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher, the real-life pioneering detective who worked in the newly established Detective Branch of the Metropolitan Police during the 19th Century.
In the new film Olivia plays Susan Spencer, who employs Mr Whicher as a private inquiry agent to investigate the savage murder of her niece, 16 year old Mary.
Also starring in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II is William Beck (Casualty, The Agent, Hustle), who reprises his role as Chief Inspector Dolly Williamson, and Tim Pigott-Smith (Downton Abbey, Strike Back, The Hour) returning as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Richard Mayne. Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion, Summer in February, Rock & Chips) stars as Inspector George Lock and William Postlethwaite as Mary’s lover Stephen Gann.
They are joined by Mark Bazeley (The Body Farm, Accused, Mistresses), Sean Baker (Call the Midwife, Sparks and Embers, Silent Witness) and Alistair Petrie (Whitechapel, Ashes, Cranford).
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II films over the next four weeks in Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and central London. The two-hour film is written by BAFTA award-winning Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult, Mo, See No Evil: The Moors Murders).
The fictional story draws upon historical research into the detective career of Jack Whicher, medical, legal and policing practices of the day and both the criminal world and the apparently respectable Victorian society into which his work led him.
The original film was based on the best-selling book by Kate Summerscale, which brought to light Inspector Whicher’s ground-breaking career as one of the world’s first detectives. Kate has given her blessing to the new film.
Hat Trick’s Head of Drama Mark Redhead (The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Bloody Sunday, Bodies) will executive produce the film, Rob Bullock (Case Sensitive, Mutual Friends, Wild at Heart) will produce and Christopher Menaul (Prime Suspect, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Zen) will direct.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II was commissioned by ITV’s Drama Commissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.
Laura comments: “We’re delighted Paddy Considine has agreed to reprise his role as Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day. Neil McKay has taken the character and produced a gripping and compelling story”.
Mark Redhead adds: “After Jack Whicher left the Met, he continued with his vocation as a detective as one of the first so-called “private inquiry agents”. This story launches him into that career, and he becomes involved in a disturbing and puzzling murder case which brings him into conflict with powerful figures including his former colleagues in the Metropolitan Police.”
“When it’s murder, you want, more than anything else, to bring some kind of peace to those left bereaved by it. There can be no peace without the truth…” Inspector Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher
If you live in the UK you already knew you’d get the chance to see Broadchurch, a miniseries about “the events and investigation that unfold in a small coastal town after the murder of a young boy,” a bit later this year. And now we’ve found out that it’s been picked up by BBC America to air in the States as well. Why is that news relevant to our American readers? Only because Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and Arthur Darvill are both in it. We thought you’d like to know.
Tennant will play one of the detectives investigating the case of the murdered boy, while Darvill will play the town priest. The second detective is to be played by Olivia Colman, whom I best know as PC Doris Thatcher from Hot Fuzz, though she’s appeared in a ton of stuff before and since. Interestingly, IMDB notes that Colman played someone’s mother in the first Matt Smith (and, by extension, Arthur Darvill) episode of Doctor Who, though I don’t remember her character.
The eight-part miniseries, written by Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall, will air on ITV sometime this year and, to take a wild guess, on BBC America a month or so later at the most? I’ve been unable to find any confirmed information on the British release date, and the American one’s not been set yet, but BBC America tends to not lag behind quite so much as, say, PBS does (looking at you, Downton Abbey). Regardless, you can be sure we’ll be keeping track of this Doctor Who sort of-reunion.
Award-winning comedy Rev will return to BBC2 for a third series but it will not be broadcast until 2014.
Producers say the “brilliance” of cast members such as Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman have made getting everyone back together “challenging”.
The actors play inner-city vicar Rev Adam Smallbone and his wife Alex in the hit comedy, which won best sitcom at last year’s TV Baftas.
Filming is due to begin in Autumn 2013, with development starting this year.
Producer Kenton Allen said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get Adam and his congregation back into church for what I hope will be an extraordinary third season of a show that is extremely special for all those involved.”
Made by Big Talk Productions, the first two series of Rev and a Christmas special proved a hit with critics.
The show also won best comedy at the South Bank Awards and picked up four prizes at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in March, including best comedy and entertainment show and best writing.
Peep Show star Colman picked up two BPG awards of her own, including best actress and best breakthrough for both Rev and BBC One drama Exile.
Colman’s career has soared in recent years, with roles in Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve and a transition to the big screen in films such as Tyrannosaur and The Iron Lady.
Hugh Bonneville and Olivia Colman in Twenty Twelve Colman played a lovestruck PA in Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve alongside
The actress was also recently voted number nine in Broadcast magazine’s annual survey of the top 100 most creative and successful figures in TV.
Hollander is set to start filming alongside Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy in About Time, the new time-travel comedy from Love Actually director Richard Curtis.
He also recently worked on director Neil Jordan’s next film, Byzantium, which co-stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Rev back on the channel. It’s one of the real comedy jewels in BBC2’s crown.”
Olivia Colman appears to have been cast in Broadchurch, according to her agent’s website. The drama, to be produced by Kudos for ITV, has been created by Chris Chibnall based on the BBC Four hit Danish detective series The Killing. It will be directed by James Strong and produced by Richard Stokes. David Tennant has been strongly linked to the lead role by a number of press and industry sources.
Olivia’s artist entry on the United Agents website lists her past and current projects, and also says:
“Projects to be filmed later this year include TV Dramas RUN for Channel 4 and BROADCHURCH for ITV1 and the comedy feature films CUBAN FURY for Big Talk and I GIVE IT A YEAR for Working Title.”
Olivia Colman is well known for her comic roles in Peep Show, Twenty Twelve and Rev; however she is also a powerful dramatic actor, appearing in Exile and The Iron Lady and she gave an award-winning performance opposite Peter Mullan in Tyrannosaur.
More production details can be found at the website of costume designer Roy Holman, whose impressive CV includes work on Doctor Who and Torchwood. This states that his work on the series starts from July. Shooting the series is believed to commence in August, and filming appears to continue until December 2012. On Ray Holman’s webpage, David Tennant is listed as one of the principal actors for Broadchurch.
As yet, casting and details about specific roles have yet to be confirmed by either ITV or Kudos.
Katie Leung and Olivia Colman are set to lead the cast of the upcoming Channel 4 drama Run.
The gritty four-part drama presents the stories of four unconnected people whose lives intertwine in a story of modern-day survival.
Each episode, directed by BAFTA-nominated Skins and Being Human helmer Chris Martin, will focus on a different character.
Best known for her role as Cho Chang in Harry Potter, Leung will play an illegal Chinese immigrant hoping to make a life for herself in the UK.
Colman, who recently received a BAFTA nomination for her work in Twenty Twelve, will play a struggling single parent who gets mixed up in the world of crime.
Run is currently filming in and around London.
Channel 4 has commissioned a new comedy pilot featuring three of Britain’s leading comic actresses.
Bad Sugar will star Olivia Colman, Julia Davis and Sharon Horgan, who also conceived the idea for the show together.
The half-hour pilot centres on a dysfunctional, wealthy mining dynasty, with an ailing patriarch and some greedy siblings. The show, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, is described as ‘a peculiarly British take on telenovela style melodramas, played for laughs’.
Bad Sugar has been written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the award-winning writers behind The Old Guys and hit Channel 4 comedies Peep Show and Fresh Meat. It will be brought to the screen by The Inbetweeners director Ben Palmer.
The programme will also feature Peter Serafinowicz, Reece Shearsmith and David Bradley, best known for appearing in Ideal and the Harry Potter film series.
Executive Producer Sophie Clarke-Jervoise said: “The process of bringing together such gigantic talent, both on and off screen, has been tremendously exciting. Bad Sugar is a darkly comic world where anything can happen, and does!”
Writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong add: “We’ve always wanted to write a show with poisonings, death threats, extreme psychological pain and big hair. With the help of the amazing cast we’re hoping it might be what everyone in UK television has been waiting so long for – Grey Gardens, the sitcom.”
Nerys Evans, Channel 4’s Comedy Commissioning Editor, says: “We’re so delighted to have three of the country’s funniest comedy actresses come together on this glorious project, it’s beautifully written by Sam and Jesse, who are without a doubt the hottest comedy writers in the UK right now. If that mix of comedy talent wasn’t tantalising enough, it’s also directed by Ben Palmer, fresh from the record-breaking Inbetweeners Movie. To say we’re excited by Bad Sugar is a bit of an understatement.”
Bad Sugar will be shown on Channel 4 next year. Meanwhile Olivia Colman is currently starring in Rev and will continue to appear in Peep Show when it returns next year; Julia Davis stars in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror on Channel 4 on December 11th; and Sharon Horgan is currently making Created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh.