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01/05/2018

BBC Two Announces Brand New Toby Jones Comedy

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BBC Two has announced the brand new comedy starring Toby Jones, 'Don't Forget The Driver', which tells the story of a UK population dealing with the passports changing colour.

The show was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, and Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and tells the story of coach driver and single dad Peter Green (Toby Jones).

Set in Bognor Regis, Peter Green lives an ordinary life, but soon discovers a dead body on the shoreline and meets a new town arrival.

Don't Forget The Driver is written and created by Toby Jones ('Detectorists', 'Marvellous', 'The Gir'l) and playwright Tim Crouch ('An Oak Tree', 'Beginners', 'Adler & Gibb').

Sister Pictures Executive Producer's Jane Featherstone and Naomi De Pear said: "We're delighted to be working with the wildly talented Toby and Tim on their unique, funny and probing Don't Forget The Driver which has its perfect home in BBC Two. We fell in love with this wonderful web of people, some born and bred in Bognor and others surprised to find themselves there, led by Toby's Greene who is forced to challenge his long-held perceptions of the world and himself."

Toby Jones added: "I'm excited to collaborate with the celebrated playwright Tim Crouch and the fabulous Sister Pictures on our first piece of writing for television. We hope that Don't Forget The Driver will be an unusually funny drama about small town Britain and the joys of coach travel."

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, said: "This irresistible piece explores big rich themes about identity - both personal and national. It feels very timely in this climate of introspection and transition. Shot through with heart and humour it will continue to cement BBC Two's reputation as the place to deliver poignant, mature and highly resonant comedy drama starring the cream of British comedy writing and acting talent."

The comedy is executive produced by Jane Featherstone ('The Split', 'Broadchurch', 'Humans') and Naomi de Pear ('Flowers', 'The Bisexual', 'River') for Sister Pictures, and BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor Kate Daughton.
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