David Walliams is back with a new sitcom, reports The Independent. Bbc One controller Danny Cohen unveiled the show on Friday at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Walliams, co-star of Little Britain, is set to play a chemistry teacher that falls desperately in love with one of his colleagues. "I'm delighted to be back at the Bbc writing and acting in a new sitcom," an enthusiastic Walliams beamed. "My co-writers, the Dawson Brothers, are brilliant. I met them when they wrote sketches for The One Ronnie, and I have loved collaborating with them." The writing duet has also written for Peep Show stars Mitchell and Webb. Whilst casting isn't complete, Walliams remains positive the show will be full of stars: "the read-through of the first episode attracted a stellar cast, and I hope the series will too." The show has been described as "if Grange Hill has met Remains Of The Day" has a working title of Autumn Leaves, will be screened on Bbc1 in six half-hour episodes.
Ben Elton is also set to write a new sitcom for the Bbc, as the channel continues it's drive to deliver new British comedy to it's tax-payers. The six-part series, Slings and Arrows, will see David Haig from The Thin Blue Line play the role of council officer Gerald B Meakin. Elton said it was "an honour and a privilege" to be writing for the Bbc again. "All my happiest television memories concern Bbc comedy and in particular Bbc sitcom," he added.