Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan to join Chris O’Dowd in new autobiographical comedy Moone Boy for Sky 1

by Lisa McGarry

Sky 1 have announced the a new comedy series, titled Moone Boy, which will be written by Irish comedian Chris O’Dowd.

The show will be adapted from the funny man’s own comedy short for Sky in last December’s Little Crackers series and as well as being written by Chris, the ‘Bridesmaids’ star will also feature in this part autobiographical comedic look at his life growing up in Ireland in 1989. Moone Boy will start production in O’Dowd’s hometown of Boyle, Co Roscommon and Dublin in the New Year and will air on Sky 1 next summer.

The series is set in a small town in Ireland in 1989 and follows the antics of the youngest member of the Moone family, 11 year old Martin Moone. Martin has a unique perspective on life aided by an imaginary friend, Sean Murphy, played by Chris O’Dowd. Martin’s imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean’s better judgement. With Sean’s help, Martin negotiates life as the youngest in a chaotic, scatter-brained family.

Both Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan have signed up to take on roles in the series and auditions are underway across several locations in Ireland to find a young actor to take on the lead of Martin Moone.

Chris O’Dowd said: “Moone Boy is a fantastic comedy which centres on a ten year old boy who has an imaginary friend. It is set in the late eighties/early nineties and all of the experiences are ones that I had. It’s a really funny show which has loads of animation and a number of laughs that I hope people will love. It was essential to film in Ireland and what was great about Sky was they wanted us to film here and they were really supportive. That wouldn’t have happened at any other channel.”

Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky commented: “We were delighted when Chris O’Dowd decided to expand his Little Cracker into a full series. With Nick Murphy, he’s written six brilliantly funny scripts, Sky customers are in for a treat.”

MOONE BOY is co-written by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy. The series will be directed by Declan Lowney (Little Britain, Father Ted, Help, Happiness, Cold Feet) and produced by Ted Dowd (Gavin and Stacey, Nighty Night, Saxondale). Executive Producers are Henry Normal, Gina Carter, Paul Donovan and Chris O’Dowd.