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article imageBBC commissions ‘gay dad’ sitcom pilot for 2013

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 1, 2012 in Entertainment
As part of its ongoing programme of commissioning new television drama, the BBC has ordered a pilot episode of It Takes a Village.
Gay Star News reports that the pilot, It Takes a Village will be adapted by Richard Hurst from the US TV movie of the same name that starred Leah Remini and Cheyenne Jackson.
Hurst has previously worked on Miranda – the sitcom vehicle for Miranda Hart – and Confessions of a Call Girl, which starred Doctor Who’s Billie Piper.
In August, the BBC announced it had commissioned a gay-themed sitcom from Sue Perkins, a presenter of The Great British Bake Off.
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Perkins will write and star in Heading Out, which tells the story of a vet who is afraid to tell her parents she is a lesbian. The series will also star Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley), Joanna Scanlan (Getting On) and Nicola Walker (Spooks).
Last month, ITV announced that it had commissioned it's own gay-themed sitcom.
Written by Gary Janetti (Will And Grace), the six-part series will star Sir Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius), 74, and Sir Ian McKellen (The Hobbit), 73. The two knights are well-known Shakesperean actors who are also out gay men.
According to an article in the Star on Sunday, Jacobi and McKellen will play "elderly gay men living together in London’s ­Covent".
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