BBC Gives Pilot Order to Remake of US Gay Dad Comedy 'It Takes A Village'

9:36 AM PST 10/31/2012 by Stuart Kemp

The show, adapted for the UK by writer/director Richard Hurst, is one of six scripts to vie for a BBC commission at this year's Salford Sitcom Showcase.

LONDON – US gay dad comedy It Takes a Village is being adapted for U.K. screens for the BBC's flagship channel BBC One.

The show, which was written in the US for ABC by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, is one of six fresh pilots being made and tested for the public broadcaster.

Writer and director Richard Hurst, a regular collaborator with sitcom creator, star and comedienne Miranda Hart, has adapted the show which starred James Patrick Stuart, Leah Reimini and Cheyenne Jackson for British eyes and ears.

The British show will tell the story of a 13-year-old mathematics genius called George whose parents split, his mum remarrying and his dad moving across the road to live with his new boyfriend.

It is one of six scripts to be filmed in front of a live studio audience at the second Salford Sitcom Showcase in November.

Two of the six pilots at last year's inaugural showcase secured BBC commissions -- Adil Ray's Citizen Khan on BBC1 and Hebburn, starring Jim Moir and Gina McKee currently airing on BBC2 here.

The other five pilots competing for a commission at the broadcaster includes 1987, asitcom written by comedian and TV regular Mark Watson and produced by Hartswood Films.

BBC North director Peter Salmon said: "The first Salford Sitcom Showcase was so good, we thought we'd do it again. BBC Comedy is the natural home for so many funny performers, writers and entertainers, so this event is our autumn highlight and hopefully will result in some more new commissions."

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