Beep, a brand new comedy pilot from Happy Tramp North, is coming to BBC Two and BBC Scotland.
Written by Bryce Hart, alumni of the Scottish Comedy Writers' Programme, run by BBC Writersroom Scotland in conjunction with BBC Comedy Commissioning, Beep is set in Glasgow and focuses on the dynamics and secrets of a working class family as they visit their Dad Tommy, who lies helplessly in hospital, in a coma.
On the day of his wedding anniversary Tommy is visited by his wife Liz and dysfunctional family members, including his emotionally challenged son Martin, sleep deprived daughter Hannah and lonely nephew Nigel.
Boasting a cast of exciting talent, including Siobhan Redmond (The Replacement, Unforgotten), Paul Higgins (The Thick Of It), Victoria Balnaves (Shetland, Garrows Law), Grant O’Rourke (Outlander), Kevin O’Loughlin (The Ginge, The Geordie and the Geek) and BAFTA nominated Lois Chimimba (Trust Me, Doctor Who). Beep was filmed exclusively on set and location in and around Glasgow.
Gregor Sharp, Commissioning Editor BBC says: “Bryce is one of the most exciting writing talents around with a brilliant eye for characterisation and a distinctive take on human behaviour so we’re delighted he’s partnered up with Happy Tramp North on what is a really special project.”
Neil Webster, Executive Producer for Happy Tramp says: “I couldn’t believe our luck when we were paired with Bryce Hart through the BBC Writersroom Scotland project. He is an incredibly gifted writer with a natural talent for both humour and heart. We’re very excited to help him bring this rich world of broken, lovable characters to life.”
Anne Edyvean of BBC Writersroom says: "We are all delighted about the Beep pilot. Bryce thoroughly deserves to be successful with his combination of talent, commitment and hard work. Our team in Scotland spotted his potential early on and backed him all the way. We could not be prouder!”
Beep will be broadcast in March 2021 on BBC Two, BBC Scotland and BBC iPlayer as part of the BBC’s Festival of Funny. Find out more about The Festival of Funny.
Beep is a Happy Tramp North Production for BBC Two and BBC Scotland and was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two, Shane Allen, Director BBC Comedy Commissioning, and Steve Carson, Senior Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning.
The Executive Producer for Happy Tramp North is Neil Webster, the director is Ian Fitzgibbon (Moone Boy, The Tuckers) and the producer is Jane Bell. The Commissioning Editor for BBC Comedy is Gregor Sharp and for BBC Scotland is Gavin Smith.
Beep was produced in partnership with Screen Scotland.