BBC America Acquires the UK Original of Comedy ‘Free Agents’
via press release:
BBC AMERICA ACQUIRES THE UK ORIGINAL OF COMEDY FREE AGENTS
New York – June 29, 2011– BBC AMERICA has acquired Free Agents (6 x 30), the hit romantic comedy set in the office of a London talent agency starring Anthony Head (Buffy, Little Britain, The Invisibles), Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing) and Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Angelo’s). Free Agents premieres in the Ministry of Laughs comedy block, Saturday, October 1, 11.30p.m. ET/PT.
Stephen (Head) is the brash, sex obsessed, go-find-me-more-clients boss who encourages open discussion of everyone’s sex life. He’s quick to offer advice and sarcasm to Alex (Mangan) who’s suffering the fallout of a divorce and wondering if he can ever date again. Meantime Alex has a one night stand with his colleague Helen (Horgan) who’s suffering through her own misery with the death of her fiancé. They are perfect for each other, according to Alex. According to Helen, he has got to be joking. There is no way she is having sex with Alex. Again. Not after the last two times they had sex. Absolutely not. The on-but-mostly-off romance between them might just have a future if they can ever shake off their pasts.
The show has recently been picked up by NBC for a U.S. version also starring Anthony Head who reprises his role as Stephen. Free Agents is produced by Nira Park and the executive producers are Matthew Justice and Iain Morris. It is a Big Talk (Friday Night Dinner) and Bwark (The Inbetweeners) production for Channel 4 and distributed by BBC Worldwide.
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