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Five orders a 'full-English' for new sitcom

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Five and Paramount Comedy have commissioned Bwark Productions to produce six-part sitcom Angelo’s for its autumn line-up.

The show, created by Pulling writer Sharon Horgan, follows the ups and downs of everyday life in a central London greasy spoon café.

Speaking at Media Guardian event earlier this week, Five's managing director of content Lisa Opie, said the show would form part of a new 'comedy zone' for the channel.

Horgan herself plays Karen, a WPC who is desperate for a baby, so desperate that if her PC husband Dave, played by Paul Garner, isn’t up to the task she’ll happily use the offer of help from Dave’s sleazy brother Kevin, played by Paul Kaye.

Other characters in the café include owner Angelo, played by Steve Brody, his 19 year-old daughter and aspiring X-Factor contestant Maria, played by Shelly Longworth, and her best friend Alicia, played by Perrier Award winning Alice Lowe.

Covered head-to-toe in gold, Simon Farnaby stars as a hapless mime artist Kris, and Miranda Hart appears as Shelly, a mini cab driver who makes her male-only passengers listen to love songs as she explains to them she’s still waiting for the right man.

Five’s controller of comedy, Graham Smith, said: "Written by Sharon Horgan and featuring an outstanding cast of Britain’s brightest and best new comic actors, Angelo's promises a comedic 'full English,' as our mis-matched visitors to Angelo's cafe all plot their escape to greater things."

Next Friday, Smith will be discussing the future of TV comedy with other comedy commissioners at the Broadcast TV Comedy Forum.

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