Chuckle this Christmas with a new crop of comedy Blaps
Channel 4’s online comedy showcase that uncovers the brightest new comedy stars and freshest TV ideas today unveils four brand new bite-sized Blaps to bring some cheer this festive season.
Furious Andrew (1 episode)
An explosive odyssey of betrayal, revenge, and nappy rash. When special ops luminary Andy Stone (Rhys Darby) stumbles on a government-level conspiracy, his wife vanishes (presumed exploded) and Stone is left holding the baby. Exiled from the only life he has ever known, the fugitive father sets off with his 18 month old daughter and their newly home-weaponised buggy in search of justice. Set in a heightened dystopian parallel universe 5 minutes from now Furious Andrew mixes 70’s Samurai exploitation movies, buddy comedies, and 80s action romps, grounded in a (mostly) recognisable contemporary British backdrop.
Home (1 episode)
A new comedy by Rufus Jones. When new couple Peter (Rufus Jones) and Katy (Rebekah Staton) – and Katy’s son John (Oaklee Pendergast) – go on their first family holiday to France, the plan is to bring back a tan, a few happy memories and six crates of vintage champagne. What they actually bring back is going to come as a big surprise…
Lowdown (3 episodes)
Lisa (Lisa Hammond) and Rachael (Rachael Spence) are friends. Ordinary friends. There's the odd bit of fraud, thieving, blagging and their somewhat unusual moral outlook but things jog along. Until, that is, Lisa begins to question her sex-friend relationship with a man who likes to treat her like a child, Rachael loses her criminal mojo, and they both wonder if their lives are about to change forever.
ANXIO(US) (2 episodes)
Dr Maggie Wentworth (Felicity Ward) is a 30 year old dentist, and is just trying to keep her shit together... figuratively and literally. Her job is on the rocks, her mum is in a care home with dementia, and her irritable bowel syndrome is playing up at work. Enter her anxiety, Beryl (Morgana Robinson): She’s the voice in your head that keeps you up at night. That thinks you have cancer. That remembers the way Karen looked at you funny after you said you didn’t like Shawshank Redemption. Her name is Beryl and she’s coming for you. Anxiety can be cruel but very, very funny.
A bit about Blaps
From comedy virgins to established comedy writers and performers, anyone can have their five minutes of fun trying out fresh new ideas that may one day make it to a series commission. Blaps are a successful platform for supporting new talent with bold original comedy ideas and is something we will continue to grow. 7 series have now been commissioned from Blaps, with 4 new programmes launching from them next year including Jamie Demetriou’s Stath (w/t), Lee & Dean from exciting new comedy talents Mark O’Sullivan and Miles Chapman and Marc Wootton’s High and Dry. Other series originating from Blaps include the BAFTA-winning Chewing Gum by Michaela Coel, hidden camera prank show Bad Robots and Roisin Conaty’s Gameface. Other Blaps alumni (‘Blapees’?) include Claudia Doherty, Nick Helm, Sam Simmons, David Earl and many more.
Fiona McDermott, Head of Channel 4 Comedy, said: “I'm really thrilled to be announcing this bumper crop of Blaps, a fantastic range of ambitious, complex and original comedy from a real diversity of talent. We're so proud that 7 series to date have started life on this platform, it proves that from small things award winning series can grow."
The four Blaps are available to watch now on All 4 here.
Watch now on YouTube here.
Notes to Editors
Written and directed by Jamie Jay Johnson
Starring: Rhys Darby, Claudia Jessie, Evelyn Mok, Hammed Animashaun and Nick Mohammed
Producer: Rupert Majendie
Executive Producer: Diederick Santer for Kudos
Director: Jim Field Smith
Writer: Rufus Jones
Cast: Rufus Jones, Rebekah Staton, Youssef Kerkour and Oaklee Pendergast
Executive Producer: Alan Marke and Jim Reid, for Channel X and Adam Tandy, for Jantaculum
Director: Audrey Cooke and Lee Simpson
Written by Lee Simpson, Rachael Spence and Lisa Hammond
Starring: Lisa Hammond, Rachael Spence, David Reed and Toby Park
Executive Producer: Jon Rolph for Retort (part of FremantleMedia UK)
Director: Tom McKay
Writer: Felicity Ward
Cast: Felicity Ward, Morgana Robinson, Michael Obiora, Susan Wokoma, Tiani Ghosh and Amy Beth Hayes
Producer: Laura Riseam
Executive Producer: Lucy Ansbro and Lindsay Jex for Phil McIntyre