It sounds like a marriage made in hell, ITV – who haven’t had a real laugh out loud comedy since Rising Damp – are producing a comedy series for comedy devoid BBC Three.
 

ITV Studios Comedy and BBC Three have confirmed the production of White Van Man, a major new six part, half hour, comedy for BBC Three. The show will be produced by ITV Studios – formerly Granada Television.

 

Simon Lupton, Commissioning Editor at the BBC said, “Adrian has created a heart-warming world that can deliver big laughs, and characters you quickly fall in love with.  It’s rare to find a new writer who can write with such confidence, and with such a strong team beside him we firmly believe White Van Man will be a treat for the viewers.  We are also delighted that BBC Three can continue its relationship with Will Mellor.  A firm favourite in Two Pints of Lager, the audience is going to love him in this new role.”

 

Commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three and Cheryl Taylor, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, White Van Man centres upon the reluctant heir of a family handyman business and the challenges and frustrations that his new calling presents. The series will star Will Mellor and Clive Mantle.


Saurabh Kakkar, Creative Director of Comedy at ITV Studios in the UK said, “We‘re all incredibly excited to be making White Van Man for BBC Three. Having worked briefly in a White Van in my youth, I feel a little of Ollie’s pain as he tries to make the best of his unpredictable lot. I think audiences will too; it’s a real slice of modern working life, full of warmth and great gags and reinforces what a huge talent Will Mellor is.”

 

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