BBC announces three new Scottish comedies for 2020


BBC Scotland is set to unleash a trio of new comedies in the New Year, which it says will showcase a mix of new and established talent.

The Scotts (Main photo), Group and the Daly Grind are the three shows which have been produced in partnership with Screen Scotland to develop and deliver new comedy for Scottish audiences.

Group: One of the trio of new Scottish comedies come along in 2020

Airing on BBC One Scotland in early 2020, the three 30-minute comedies are uniquely different with all of them offering development opportunities for both writing and acting talent, the broadcaster said.

They have been made by The Comedy Unit, BBC Studios and Pirate Productions and commissioned by Gavin Smith Commissioning Executive Comedy, Drama and Entertainment for BBC Scotland who will also be the BBC executive producer.

Daly Grind: The frayed stresses of a serial multitasker laid bare.

Scott Squad returns

In addition to these three new comedies, criminally funny and award-winning Scot Squad mockumentary comedy series will return for five new episodes in 2020.

Made by The Comedy Unit, Scot Squad shadows a fictional police force and stars Jack Docherty, Jordan Young, Sally Reid, Grado, Manjot Sumal, Darren Connell, Karen Barkte, Louise McCarthy, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Chris Forbes, James Allenby-Kirk and Ashley Smith.

“It’s exciting to be working with Screen Scotland and able to announce a new slate of comedies featuring a range of new and established talent in front and behind the camera”, said Gavin Smith, BBC Scotland.

“Family and relationships are at the heart of all three shows and each taps in to the stressful side of modern Scottish life in their own unique way.

“We hope audiences love the new comedy characters coming through on BBC Scotland.”

Mark Thomas, Screen Scotland said: “These three new broadcast comedies showcase the high quality creative comedy talent working in Scotland.

“This is just one of the ways Screen Scotland is working with BBC Scotland through our MOU partnership to strengthen the range of content being commissioned in Scotland and to increase representation and opportunities for Scottish talent.”