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The Play That Goes Wrong to be adapted for BBC1 six-part series

The Play That Goes Wrong creators Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis
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Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong is being adapted into a six-part television series for the BBC.

The Goes Wrong Show is written by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask.

Lewis, co-writer and co-founder of Mischief Theatre, said: “Ever since we first began to make things go wrong all the way back in 2012 it has been a dream of ours to bring a series based on this joyful brand of humour to the screen and so when the BBC commissioned The Goes Wrong Show it was a dream come true. We’re so grateful for this incredible opportunity and we can’t wait to get started on making some truly terrible programmes.”

The series is co-produced by BBC Comedy, Mischief Screen, Big Talk Productions and Lionsgate UK.

Mischief Screen chief executive Hilary Strong said: “Their particular style of physical humour transcends boundaries in a way that most humour simply cannot do and I am thrilled to be working with them and our partners Big Talk, the BBC, Lionsgate and YTD HK.”

BBC Comedy controller Shane Allen said two previous specials from the Mischief Theatre team “showed a huge audience appetite for this ensemble’s superbly inventive brand of family-friendly comedy”.

“BBC1 has a unique role for viewers as the country’s sole provider of mainstream British comedy and it’s particularly gratifying to also be the only UK broadcaster still flying the flag for the studio sitcom with these fast-rising stars,” he added.

Filming begins in March.

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