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09/06/2011

BBC Comedy And Baby Cow Sign Deal

Comedy North, part of Vision Productions Comedy, and Baby Cow Manchester has announced a year-long collaboration to develop comedy scripts for production out of MediaCityUK in Salford.
This new deal comes as BBC Three's long-running hit comedy Ideal, a co-production between BBC In House and Baby Cow, celebrates its 50th episode (June 9, 10:30pm, BBC Three).
Head of BBC In House Comedy, Mark Freeland, said: "As our commitment to comedy being produced from the North increases, I can think of no-one better with whom to partner than the creative comedy minds of Baby Cow. Together, if we can develop some more comedies that last for 50 episodes and beyond, and like Ideal, are so damn good, then we will be able to say it has worked fabulously well."
Baby Cow's Managing Director Henry Normal added: "It's exciting to be developing comedy with BBC Comedy North. The new MediaCityUK media centre is a new adventure for all of us."
Steve Coogan said: "Having co-produced seven series of Ideal together we are reasonably confident the BBC Comedy North/Baby Cow combination can work well."
The joint venture will see BBC In House Comedy and Baby Cow join forces in order to develop a number of narrative scripts that will seek to bring through the next generation of on and off screen comedy talent from the North of England.
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