New scripted comedy from Baby Cow Productions starring
James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney, Ken Collard and Louis Emerick.
London – 06 June 2016 – Dave, UKTV’s leading entertainment channel,
continues to expand its UKTV original scripted slate with Zapped! (3×40’), a
brand new fantasy comedy from Baby Cow Productions, starring James
Buckley (The Inbetweeners), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Sharon Rooney
(My Mad Fat Diary), Ken Collard (Cuckoo) and Louis Emerick (Benidorm) plus
a guest appearance from Steve Coogan, who will also executive produce the
Brian Weaver (James Buckley), an online data marketing assistant (even he
doesn’t know what that is) finds himself abruptly transported to a parallel
world. Fortunately, there’s a pub. There he meets the owner, Herman (a former
warrior; Louis Emerick) plus a handful of regulars: Barbara (a hopeless
soothsayer; Sharon Rooney), Steg (an armchair revolutionary;
Ken Collard) and Howell (a brain-fried Wizard; Paul Kaye). Brian is desperate to
get home, and his new acquaintances are no help at all. Instead he finds
himself being sucked into a world he doesn’t understand, full of psychopathic
Fairies, Shell Men, seductive Demi-Fins, vicious Throcks and the frighteningly
unpredictable side-effects of Howell’s magical powers. It’s even worse than
being an online data marketing assistant.
The series has been created by Black Dog Television and is written by Dan
Gaster, Will Ing and Paul Powell. Baby Cow Productions are producing, with
comedy legend Steve Coogan as executive producer, Kerry Waddell (Red
Dwarf XI & XII) as series producer and Dave Lambert (Undercover and Alan
Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life) as director. The series has been
ordered by Dave general manager Steve North and UKTV’s director of
commissioning Richard Watsham. Simon Lupton, UKTV’s senior
commissioning editor will oversee as executive producer for UKTV.
Steve Coogan says ‘Zapped! is fantasy, heightened reality and lots of
escapism, with one foot firmly in the real world. It has all the requisite
elements to take the audience on a journey to this slightly mad world; from
wizards and spells to mermaids, psychopathic fairies, smartphones and then
back to the boring office job. We have a great cast on board, led by the
brilliant James Buckley. We’re excited to be working with UKTV on another
original comedy series and we feel this is a great example of Baby Cow at its
Simon Lupton adds, “Everyone at UKTV is very excited to be
working with Baby Cow on Zapped! the latest addition to our growing
scripted comedy slate on Dave. It has already been loads of fun collaborating
with the writers as they created this fantastical world and array of
extraordinary characters. We know that the Dave audience loves their comedy
to give them big laughs and offer escapism in a bold, joyful and distinctive
way – and we really believe Zapped! will do that. The scripts have a
wonderful blend of great storytelling and humour, combined with an
extremely high quality cast and director.”
Steve North says, “Zapped! combines very funny scripts with an exceptionally
talented team making it. The casting is superb and brings a wealth of comedy
talent to Dave which is genuinely exciting. We have an ongoing commitment
on Dave to developing and launching original scripted comedy – we continue
to take risks, developing high concept comedies that broaden our
Zapped! goes into production in Pinewood in June and will be broadcast on
Dave this autumn, launching off the back of the brand new series of Red
Dwarf – Red Dwarf XI.
Dave has significantly broadened its entertainment slate in 2016, while
continuing to invest in original commissions, moving into live sports and
establishing new formats such as the critically-acclaimed comedy panel show
Taskmaster, back for two new series this year.
Notes to Editors:
Cast will be available for interview nearer to the time, please send your
requests to Gem.Pinkney@uktv.co.uk
For more information please contact;
Gem Pinkney, Publicity Manager – Gem.Pinkney@uktv.co.uk
Kerry Parker, Head of Network Communications – Kerry.Parker@uktv.co.uk
Sky 111/246, Virgin 128/194, Freeview 12, BT & TalkTalk 12
On demand on Sky, Virgin and UKTV Play
Dave proudly presents a plethora of original commissions; award-winning
Crackanory, Ross Noble Freewheeling, Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish,
and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, all laden with the biggest names in British
comedy. Not to mention a brand spanking new original series Hoff the
Record, Red Dwarf and Taskmaster.
There’s national treasures like QI, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For
You, plus the Red Bull trilogy of Cliff Diving, X-Fighters and the Soap Box
races. And of course, we still have Top Gear.
Dave is the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel broadcasting to over 27
million people per month, featuring hit US shows including the sharp-witted
and sharp-suited Suits, critically-acclaimed Parks & Recreation and US series
The Last Man on Earth. How can we forget the wonder that is Storage
Hunters and now original commission Storage Hunters UK, the gift that keeps
About Baby Cow Productions
Baby Cow Productions was established in 1999 by Steve Coogan
and Henry Normal.
Steve Coogan is a multi-award winning writer, producer and actor and is
internationally recognised for his on-screen roles including Alan Partridge,
Paul Raymond in the feature film The King of Soho and Martin Sixsmith in the
BAFTA award winning and Oscar nominated film Philomena, which Coogan
co-wrote with Jeff Pope.
Henry Normal started the company with Steve Coogan having co-written
together the BAFTA-winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s
Run, Tony Ferino and the film The Parole Officer. Henry also co-wrote The Mrs
Merton Show and co-created The Royle Family. Since its formation Henry has
exec-produced all of Baby Cow’s output including Gavin and Stacey, The
Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge. He was also a producer
on Philomena. Henry left Baby Cow in 2016.
Baby Cow Productions has gained an enviable reputation for nurturing new
British comedy talent, whilst teaming up with the best of the UK’s established
writers, directors and producers.
UKTV is the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK.
The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands – UKTV Play, Dave, W,
Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the
two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for 9.31% of the British
commercial TV market. The company’s most recent financial results showed recordbreaking year-end revenue of £319m and EBITDA of £82m. It invested £148m in
programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly
significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, highprofile
acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown
on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels
to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat,
Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to
Now celebrating its 23rd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV – an
independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps
Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) – is proud to be the only British television broadcaster
in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.
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