|THE DOCTOR ALT 8
Joined: 01 Aug 2004
Location: The Tardis, somewhere in the space/time continum
|Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:08 pm Post subject: Johnny Vegas in UFO sitcom
|Another sci-fi pilot for the BBC
Johnny Vegas has shot a BBC Three sitcom pilot about UFOs, just months after blasting the channel for axing Ideal.
Filming on A Saucer Full of Secrets in Vegas’s native St Helens wrapped on Wednesday.
According to the local newspaper, the St Helens Reporter, the comedian shot scenes with a cow at Siding Lane Country Park, ‘before realising an alien spacecraft [was] approaching over the treetops. The scene involved a huge mobile platform that projected the alien “landing lights” down onto the park’s grassed area.’
The pilot was a co-production between the BBC in Manchester and Steve Coogan's production company Baby Cow, who made Ideal, The Mighty Boosh and Gavin and Stacey. It was written and directed by the Ideal team of Graham Duff and Ben Wheatley.
Sheila Hancock, Roy Hudd and Daisy Haggard co-star in the pilot, which is named after Pink Floyd's second studio album.
The news comes as the BBC also announced V Sign, another sci-fi comedy pilot about an alien invasion, this one shot in Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.
Vegas criticised BBC Three for cancelling Ideal in November, after winning best performance in a comedy at the Royal Television Society North West Awards for his role as small-time drugs dealer Moz.
‘Thank you BBC,’ he said. ‘When the numbers have never been higher, you’ve cancelled us.
‘I’m being fired by the man who commissioned Kerry Katona [BBC Three controller Zai Bennett] so I’m proud to do anything else that you’re not involved in.’
Interiors, the radio adaptation of a comic play Vegas wrote with Stewart Lee for the Manchester International Festival in 2007, broadcast on Radio 4 last night.
- by Jay Richardson
BBC gets behind alien invasion
Corporation pilots sci-fi comedy
The BBC is piloting a new sci-fi comedy, based on Earth being invaded by an incompetent group of aliens.
V Sign has been written by Steve Turner, whose main credit to date is the children's TV series Tracy Beaker Returns... although he has also worked on Jedwards' Big Adventure.
The pilot is being shot in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, this month after being commissioned by the BBC.
Stephen Stewart of producer Green Inc, told trade magazine Broadcast: 'Steve Turner's script and the world he has created, excited us the first time we read it.
And Jon Rolph of co-producers Retort admitted: 'A global alien invasion isn't usually the best way to start a collaboration...'