The Goes Wrong Show, a six-part BBC One series based on the award-winning London and Broadway comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, will begin filming in March in Manchester.
BBC Comedy, Mischief Screen, Big Talk Productions, and Lionsgate UK are involved with the series, written by and starring the original founding Mischief Theatre members: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn, and Chris Leask.
The series, according to the BBC, will see The Cornley Drama Society undertake another ambitious endeavor, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, the screen-hogging Sandra Wilkinson, and the artistically mistrusted Dennis Tyde.
Lewis, co-writer and co-founder of Mischief Theatre, said in a statement, “Ever since we first began to make things go wrong all the way back in 2012 it has been a dream of ours to bring a series based on this joyful brand of humor to the screen. And so when the BBC commissioned The Goes Wrong Show, it was a dream come true. We’re so grateful for this incredible opportunity and we can’t wait to get started on making some truly terrible programs. We are still very short on equipment —if you have a camcorder we can borrow (in any condition) please do fax us.”
Mischief Screen CEO and Executive Producer Hilary Strong added, “Mischief has long demonstrated that they have a unique voice in comedy, with a hugely successful global theatre brand, as well as a growing reputation in television. Their particular style of physical humor transcends boundaries in a way that most humor simply cannot do, and I am thrilled to be working with them and our partners Big Talk, the BBC, Lionsgate and YTD HK.”
The show will be produced by Jim Poyser and directed by Martin Dennis.
The BBC previously presented the Mischief TV specials Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong.
Following a successful Broadway run, The Play That Goes Wrong recently reopened Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Lewis, Sayer, and Shields, the show introduces The Cornley University Drama Society, who are attempting to put on a 1920’s murder mystery, but everything that can go wrong does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.