BBC Three announces a second series of Nick Helm’s comedy Uncle
BBC Three’s newest comedy series for 2014 starring Nick Helm and Elliot Speller-Gillot, has been commissioned for a second series.
Series one followed the darkly comic misadventures of Andy (Helm), a dissolute, out-of work musician who forged an unlikely alliance with his 12-year-old nephew Errol (Speller-Gillot) after being morally blackmailed into looking after him by his chaotic sister Sam – all on the day Andy was planning to kill himself. Not a natural with either kids or responsibility, he tries to keep his new charge out of trouble whilst often ending up knee deep in it himself.
The first series has so far achieved 2.6 million viewers (Live +7 viewing across BBC Three and BBC iPlayer), and will be repeated later in the year on BBC One.
The series is commissioned by Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three and Shane Allen, BBC Controller, Comedy Commissioning. The Commissioning Executive for Comedy is Kristian Smith. It is Produced by Alison MacPhail, and Exec Produced by Henry Normal & Lindsay Hughes at Baby Cow Productions. The series is written and directed by Oliver Refson.
Nick Helm said: “I am gobsmacked that I have finally been involved in something that people like enough to warrant the need for more of it. I am looking forward to working with all the cast and crew again as making the first series was genuinely one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had whilst still legitimately being able to call it work.”
Shane Allen, BBC Controller, Comedy Commissioning, added: “Oli’s [Oliver Refson] often edgy yet warm-hearted comedy, along with Nick and Elliot’s unique chemistry, have proved an instant hit with the audience and critics alike. We’re thrilled to have this wayward relative in the BBC Three family”.
Henry Normal, Managing Director, Baby Cow Productions, said: “You have to give respect to the BBC for taking a leap of faith on this show. It’s a brave and different commission for BBC Three comedy. Together we have an exceptional team in front and behind camera. I love this show. It’s a comedy with heart and bite and truth.”
Praise for the first series of Uncle:
“Fabulous, believable performances from comedian/singer/songwriter Nick Helm and young Elliot Speller-Gillott… Uncle manages to be warm as well as dark and rude. And hilarious.”
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“Dark and twisted, but strangely sweet in the middle”
“…dark, admirable, clever… the premise is a bleakly beautiful one”