UKTV’s entertainment channel named Dave is to air Zapped! a three part fantasy comedy starring James Buckley from The Inbetweeners, Game of Thrones’ Paul Kaye, Sharon Rooney of My Mad Fat Diary fame, Cuckoo’s Ken Collard and Brookside, Last of the Summer Wine and Benidorm actor Louis Emerick – plus a guest appearance from Steve Coogan, who will also executive produce the show.
“Zapped! combines very funny scripts with an exceptionally talented team making it. The casting is superb and brings a wealth of comedy talent to Dave which is genuinely exciting. We have an ongoing commitment on Dave to developing and launching original scripted comedy – we continue to take risks, developing high concept comedies that broaden our entertainment slate.” – UKTV’s Steve North
Brian Weaver (Buckley), an online data marketing assistant (even he doesn’t know what that is) finds himself abruptly transported to a parallel world. Fortunately, there’s a pub. There he meets the owner, Herman a former warrior (Emerick) plus a handful of regulars: a hopeless soothsayer named Barbara (Rooney), armchair revolutionary Steg (Collard) and Wizard Howell (Kaye). Brian is desperate to get home, and his new acquaintances are no help at all. Instead he finds himself being sucked into a world he doesn’t understand, full of psychopathic Fairies, Shell Men, seductive Demi-Fins, vicious Throcks and the frighteningly unpredictable side-effects of Howell’s magical powers. It’s even worse than being an online data marketing assistant.
The series is written by Dan Gaster, Will Ing and Paul Powell.
‘Zapped! is fantasy, heightened reality and lots of escapism, with one foot firmly in the real world. It has all the requisite elements to take the audience on a journey to this slightly mad world; from wizards and spells to mermaids, psychopathic fairies, smartphones and then back to the boring office job. We have a great cast on board, led by the brilliant James Buckley. We’re excited to be working with UKTV on another original comedy series and we feel this is a great example of Baby Cow at its best.’ – Steve Coogan
Zapped! goes into production in Pinewood in June and will be broadcast on Dave this autumn, launching off the back of the brand new series of Red Dwarf – Red Dwarf XI.