The fabulous Jack Dee has teamed up with Lead Balloon co-creator Pete Sinclair to write and star in new sitcom, Bad Move, for ITV.
Starring Dee as Steve and Kerry Godliman as his wife Nicky, the pair play a married couple who are both on their second marriages and have decided that moving to the countryside from the city is the answer to all their dreams.
They’ve watched all the TV relocation shows and read the glossy lifestyle magazines and fell in love with the idea of ‘getting away from the rat race’.
Unfortunately living a simple existence in beautiful surroundings is not all it’s cracked up to be and Steve and Nicky soon find living in the countryside might not be for them after all. Especially when they discover that the house they’ve bought is situated in what locals refer to as ‘The Dip’ – a place where internet signals cannot reach, but floodwater most definitely can.
Thanks to unscrupulous estate agents, architects and builders squeezing more money out of the couple, they find themselves in a financial situation that means there is no going back.
The couple must put on a brave face as the last thing they want is for all their friends back in the city to be proven right after they all said it was a ‘bad move’.
Bad Move was commissioned by Comedy Commissioning Editor Saskia Schuster and Head of Comedy Entertainment Peter Davey. It’s written by Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair and will be produced by Open Mike Productions with Andrew Beint executive producing.
Jack Dee said: “This is a comedy about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence – until you jump over the fence and realise it’s an algae covered stagnant pond of sludge.”
ITV’s Comedy Commissioner Saskia Schuster added: “Husband and wife Steve and Nicky find out how painfully true the adage, ‘be careful what you wish for’ can be, but at least they are united in their dislike of their new life. Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair’s brilliantly funny scripts pit these two misguided characters against their new environment, two characters who could also learn from the adage, ‘pride comes before a fall.”
Open Mike Productions MD Andrew Beint said “OMP are thrilled to be working alongside Saskia, the brilliant ITV comedy team and to have the opportunity to bring life to these fantastic scripts by Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair.”