'Very British Problems' gets TV deal

'Very British Problems' gets TV deal

Channel 4 will next year air a TV series based on Rob Temple’s twitter feed about particularly British problems, @SoVeryBritish, and the subsequent book Very British Problems (Sphere).   

Production company Alaska TV is making three 60-minute episodes of the show, which will feature comedians such as Jonathan Ross, James Corden, Steven Mangan, Ruth Jones and Jonny Vegas talking about the awkwardness of life as a Brit.

The series was commissioned by Channel 4’s Rich Evans and Tom Beck and will air on next summer. The executive producer is Alaska TV’s Chris Fouracre and the series producer is Kate Staples.

“Our intention is to make a warm, inclusive, funny show that gently unravels the complexities and awkwardness of the British psyche, through the real lives of some of our best loved comedians and personalities,” said Fouracre.

Alaska TV struck the TV deal with Emily Hayward-Whitlock on behalf of Juliet Mushens at The Agency Group.

The @SoVeryBritish feed, which lists typical inconveniences for British people such as “being unable to concentrate on conversation while suspecting a beer garden table might imminently become free”, has more than one million followers, and the book Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time was published in 2014.

A second book, Very British Problems Abroad, will be published by Sphere in September.