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BBC4 unveils new comedies from Mackenzie Crook and Graham Linehan

Mackenzie Crook has written a comedy for BBC4. Photo: Simon Annand.
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Mackenzie Crook has penned a new comedy for BBC4 which he will also star in and direct.

The comedy is one of four new shows announced by BBC4, which has also commissioned a programme from The IT Crowd and Father Ted writer Graham Linehan.

Crook, who is best known for The Office, has written and will appear in Detectorists, a six-part comedy about “a wannabe archaeologist”. It is being made by Channel X and Lola Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Linehan is co-writing The Walshes, a three-part series which he will also direct. He has co-written it with comedy troupe Diet of Worms, who also star in the show.

It is being made by Delightful Industries.

Other comedies commissioned by BBC4 include The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, a spoof documentary that will feature Simon Day as an ageing rock star.

The cast also includes Matt Lucas and Michael Kitchen and the comedy is being made by the BBC.

BBC4 has also commissioned a three-part comedy based on BBC Radio 4 sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen.

It is created by and stars Miles Jupp and is also made by the BBC.

BBC controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen said: “This quartet of comedy treats is testament to BBC4’s unique legacy in bringing the audience big-name comedy talents in surprising and inventive shows that follow in the footsteps of award-winning predecessors like Getting On, The Thick of It, Twenty Twelve and Screenwipe.”