Meet Martin Clunes as Warren, his new UK comedy about a pedantic driving instructor who thinks the world is against him.
The series by writers Paul McKenna and Jimmy Donny Cosgrove, is heading into production for BBC One.
Martin Clunes will star as the titular character who is forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill. Warren suddenly finds himself living in an area he doesn’t like, doing a job he’s not emotionally cut out for and looking after two teenage stepsons he never wanted.
Warren loves Anne, and somehow, Anne always sees the good in Warren, but he has a way of knowing best and speaking his mind that inevitably leads to conflict, chaos and disaster for those around him and most especially for himself.
Martin Clunes says: “I had kind of told myself that I didn’t want to do another sitcom, but because this came from Hat Trick I thought it was worth a read and the script is just so funny that I didn’t want anyone else to do it.”
Clunes last sitcom role was an update of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, which ran for two seasons.
Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says: “BBC One mainstream comedy is our highest priority and the toughest nut to crack. We have enormous faith in Warren as the pilot displayed the perfect alchemy of well-drawn characters, punchy funny lines, a terrific ensemble cast and in Martin Clunes a heavyweight comedy champion who we’re delighted to see step back in to the ring of a BBC One sitcom.”
An Australian broadcaster is yet to be revealed but with Clunes starring you can bet there will be no shortage of interest.