Famalam back for a second series


BBC Three

Hit BBC Three sketch show Famalam is set to return this spring for a second series.

The show will revisit a range of popular characters such as grime MC Scribbler P, the warring aunties and thwarted Nigerian philanthropist Prince Alyusi.

Meanwhile, Midsomer Murders investigator Detective Moses Mountree has a new sidekick, and Nollywood takes on Love Island.

Viewers will also meet a whole host of new characters such as woke Barry White, social media obsessed Peter and his long suffering wife, plastic surgery aficionado Emma G, and offensive SoundCloud rapper X69.

The series was announced on social media with a Turf Wars video from The E19 Posse and the Stratford Soldiers:

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, says: “Famalam continues that rich BBC tradition of launching the stars of tomorrow through the sketch show format. Following the likes of Monty Python, French & Saunders, Fry & Laurie, The Fast Show, Goodness Gracious Me, The League of Gentlemen and Little Britain in bringing through exciting new talent to deliver the most pioneering and contemporary comedy that can travel in bite size online pieces as well as working as a whole show.”

Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios, says: “Not only is Famalam a brilliant series, it’s also a really important one in terms of diversity - as everyone knows there aren’t enough white middle-aged Jewish executive producers in television”.

Akemnji Ndifornyen, producer, says: “Back like we never left... Ready to serve our hungry audience with more gourmet comedy dishes. Eat up, you’re most welcome.”

Famalam launched in April 2018 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer with a slot on BBC Two. Samson Kayo received a Bafta nomination for male performance in a comedy programme.

The 4x30' series was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning and Damian Kavanagh, former Controller of BBC Three.

Famalam is a BBC Studios production, produced by Akemnji Ndifornyen, directed by Tom Marshall and executive produced by Ben Caudwell and Chris Sussman. The commissioning editors are Sarah Asante and Gregor Sharp.

The series stars Vivienne Acheampong (The Aliens), Gbemisola Ikumelo (Sunny D, Broadchurch), Bafta-nominated Samson Kayo (Sliced, Timewasters), John MacMillan (Dark Knight Rises, Chewing Gum, King Lear), Tom Moutchi (The Hustle) and Roxanne Sternberg (Mars, Nyela’s Dream, Emerald City).


“A sublime achievement of satire” - Sean O’Grady, The Independent

“It’s quickfire, playful comedy rooted in the black British experience” - Lanre Bakare, The Guardian

“The cast’s comic timing and the material come together to make something special” - Hannah J Davies, Refinery29

“Famalam is arguably one of the first British sketch shows to truly harness the look and rhythms of online comedy” - Jay Richardson

Source BBC Three

January 30, 2019 5:10am ET by BBC Three  


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