Saturday, 17 March 2012

BBC developing sci-fi comedy V SIGN

Saturday, 17 March 2012

The BBC have a brand new sci-fi comedy on the way, written by Steve Turner (Tracy Beaker). V Sign concerns a group of humans fighting the universe's most inept extra-terrestrial invaders. The pilot, to be filmed in Northern Ireland by production companies Retort and Green Inc, will be directed by Ed Tracy (Fonejacker).

Jon Rolph, Retort's Managing Director:

"I'm delighted that we're getting a chance to show the class of Northern Ireland talent on screen and off. A global alien invasion isn't usually the best way to start a collaboration, but we hope that V Sign's hapless visitors will spearhead many more projects to come from Green Inc and Retort."
Stephen Stewart, Green Inc representative:

"We have several projects in development with Retort, and are very excited that our first successful project is V Sign. Steve Turner's script and the world he has created excited us the first time we read it."
Obviously it's far too early to make any sensible judgement about V Sign, but the premise sounds like it could be funny. I hope this attracts a good cast, and it will certainly be nice to have a sci-fi comedy back on the BBC--a sub-genre that rarely gets a chance on television. It's strange, because The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Red Dwarf were two of BBC2's biggest hits in the '80s and '90s, respectively.