Spy coming to Sky 1

by Lisa McGarry

via press release:

Sky 1 HD’s latest original comedy SPY (6 x 30’) joins an enviable COMEDY FRIDAY line-up from Friday 14 October at 8.30pm. Created and written by Simeon Goulden (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), SPY puts a twist on the traditional family comedy.

Thirty-something Tim (Darren Boyd, Green Wing, Dirk Gently) has reached a crossroads. Not only is he stuck in a dead-end job at Computer Universe, but he’s locked in a custody battle with nice-as-nettles ex-wife Judith (Dolly Wells, Campus) over son Marcus (newcomer Jude Wright), an utterly precocious nine-year-old who is as happy spending time with his dad as a PETA member would be modeling fur coats. Tim’s world is shaken, and most definitely stirred, however, when he’s accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5, going from zero to hero. Well, sort of…

A script fizzing with zest has ensnared a wealth of British talent. Together with Boyd and newcomer Wright, Robert Lindsay (My Family) is MI5 boss The Examiner, armed with a distinctly unorthodox management style as well as a fair few throwing stars. They’re joined by Rebekah Staton (Pulling) as love interest, Caitlin, and Matthew Baynton (Horrible Histories, The Armstrong and Miller Show) as Tim’s best bud Chris. Not to mention Rosie Cavaliero’s (Jam and Jerusalem) completely crackers social worker Paula, who embarks on an epic, albeit one-sided and wholly fictitious, love affair with Tim.

Jimmy Mulville, Executive Producer, Hat Trick, said: “The writing, the characters and the situations in SPY mark it out as one of the funniest and strangest takes on the Family Comedy. Dysfunctional doesn’t begin to do it justice!”

Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky, added: “I really wanted to create pre-watershed British comedy that showed sharp writing and bold ideas …to stick a new lens on family life and this show does just that. I want to watch comedy with my kids and not be bored. I want a show where we all laugh. We might not be laughing at the same jokes, but we’re enjoying it together.”

SPY is created and written by Simeon Goulden. It is a Hat Trick production for Sky1 HD and is produced by Margot Gavan Duffy and directed by Ben Taylor. The series was commissioned by Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy for Sky and will be Executive Produced by Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams.

SPY is the latest offering from Sky’s investment in original comedy: a long term commitment to increase our spend in original production by 50% by 2014. Other forthcoming highlights include Craig Cash’s THE CAFE; Ruth Jones’ STELLA; Charlie Brooker’s A TOUCH OF CLOTH starring Suranne Jones and John Hannah; GATES starring Joanna Page, Sue Johnston and Tom Ellis; and STARLINGS starring Lesley Sharpe and Brendan Coyle.

SPY launches on Friday 14 October at 8.30pm on Sky 1 HD and Sky 1.