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Spikey draws up painting sitcom

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Comedian and Phoenix Nights co-creator Dave Spikey is writing a comedy drama series about painters and decorators, which currently has the title Magnolia.

The show draws on Spikey’s own experience as both his father and best friend are in the trade. It will follow a tiny firm, usually contracted for work on a run-down estate, that manages to win some more upmarket work.

He said: “The idea lends itself to a different story each week. It is still at an early stage but I think that the series has legs and ITV are interested but you never know where it might end up.”

Spikey’s latest series Dead Man Weds revolves around a hapless team running a tiny local newspaper in the fictional moorland town of Fogburrow. It broadcasts on ITV1 on January 5.

The show, which stars Spikey and Johnny Vegas, is his first solo writing project since Phoenix Nights.

* Johnny Vegas is working on a pilot Friday night entertainment show for Channel 4 with Chris Evans as executive producer. The shows will feature Vegas tackling stunts such as bungee-jumping, which the studio audience can bet on, and celebrity interviews.