Sitcom pilot Home from Home is to move to BBC one, with a full series next year.
BBC sitcom, Home from Home, which piloted in August on BBC Two is to run as a full series on BBC One next year.
Johnny Vegas, and all the cast from the pilot, are expected to return for the series. Vegas stars as Neil Hackett, who alongside wife Fiona (Joanna Page – Gavin & Stacey) in the pilot episode, finally achieved their long-cherished dream of buying a lodge in the Lake District.
Their ‘traditional’ lodge at Lake View Holiday Park means everything to them, the years of scrimping and saving all now feel worth it. That is until they wake up the next morning and meet their neighbours, The Dillons, Robert (Adam James – Doctor Foster) and Penny (Emilia Fox – Silent Witness).
Johnny Vegas said of the news: “We are thrilled with the news that Home From Home is going to series and cannot wait to get to work. We all felt we were on to something very special whilst making the pilot and were rewarded with some wonderful feedback following its broadcast.
“We have so much more to explore with these characters and relish the opportunity to share where they go from here. The opportunity to work closely with Home from Home’s creators, fellow cast members and producer Rebecca Papworth is one I’m chuffed to have. We are absolutely chomping at the bit to deliver a worthy addition to BBC One’s rich comedy pedigree.”
Shane Allen, Director of BBC content said: “It is terrific to have another series spring from our recent Sitcom Season. Featuring a knock out cast and rich comedy themes – the northern family versus the southern one, plus those on their way up the class ladder alongside those on their way down. There is something for everyone to relate to and it has a big heart making it the perfect fit for BBC One. We need cheering up now more than ever and it’s about time Johnny Vegas was front and centre of a broad appeal sitcom.”
And if you’re a fan of Johnny’s, he’ll be returning as mummy’s boy Geoff Maltby in ITV’s Benidorm which starts in January 2017.