12:30pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
DirecTV Acquires British Comedy Series 'Uncle'
DirecTV is adding another comedy to its roster.
The network has acquired BBC Three's comedy Uncle about an out-of-work musician who learns what it means to be part of a family. The series will premiere on DirecTV's Audience Network on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 p.m.
The announcement comes not long after DirecTV wrapped production on its first original comedy series, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight.
"We are excited to add Uncle, a series that is both hilarious and endearing, to Audience Network's diverse programming lineup," said DirecTV's senior vp original content and programming Chris Long. "We recently announced our first foray into producing an original comedy series and we think Uncle will wonderfully complement our inaugural effort."
Uncle stars Nick Helm as Andy, a 30-something "man-child" who forges an unlikely alliance with his 12-year-old nephew Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillott) after his sister (Daisy Haggard) blackmails Andy into taking care of her son.
"Uncle is another original, funny and at times excoriatingly awkward but ultimately warm comedy from Baby Cow," said Matt Forde, executive vp sales and co-productions at BBC Worldwide North America. "I am sure that U.S. audiences are going to fall in love with Andy and Errol."
The series is written and directed by Oliver Refson, produced by Alison MacPhail and executive produced by Lindsay Hughes and Henry Normal of Baby Cow Productions.
DirecTV recently has developed a spate of original scripted series that includes Rogue, Full Circle and the upcoming Navy St.