Ben Elton writes new BBC series

Ben Elton writes new BBC series
Ben Elton writes new BBC series

Ben Elton has written a new comedy sitcom for BBC One.

The funnyman - who has written TV shows 'The Thin Blue Line' and 'The Man from Auntie' - has penned a new pilot episode entitled 'Slings and Arrows', which tells the tale of a group of misfits who are determined to cause anarchy in a local council.

David Haig will play council boss Gerard Measley in the show, which also stars Montserrat Lombart and Nathan Caton, according to The Sun newspaper.

Should it be commissioned for a full series, it will be Ben's first in seven years, following on from a critical mauling of 2005's 'Blessed', which starred Ardal O'Hanlon, Robert Webb and Rowland Rivron.

Filming will begin at the Teddington Studios in London on Saturday (04.08.12).

The BBC will also be reviving BAFTA-winning comedy 'Rev' for a third series, with development starting this year ahead of a 2014 release.

BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow said: ''We're absolutely delighted to have Rev back on the channel. It's one of the real comedy jewels in BBC Two's crown.''

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