Radio 1’s Greg James is the writer and star of a new BBC comedy pilot about a radio presenter on a commercial radio station.
“Dead Air” has been co-written by Greg along with Shaun Pye and Mark Chappell. It’s one of six new pilots as part of the fourth year of the BBC Comedy Feeds project.
Greg stars as late night presenter Jake Cross, who’d unexpectedly given the chance to take over on the breakfast show when the previous presenter dies.
The billing for the programme reads: “Should he sell out now he has a shot at the big time, or should he try and maintain his integrity and small but loyal fanbase?”
Other characters in the sitcom include an idiot best friend, a career-threatening agent, a highly-strung producer and an irritatingly successful rival radio DJ.
Greg says: “I have always wanted to write a comedy for the BBC. The fact that this silly idea I jotted down 2 years ago is now a reality is ridiculously exciting. It’s been the most enjoyable thing I’ve ever done and I can’t wait for people to see it. My 14 year old self wouldn’t believe it.”
The show also stars Tom Davis (Murder In Successville), Olivia Poulet (The Thick Of It), Richard David-Caine (Skins) and Monserrat Lombard (Ashes to Ashes).
The one-off 17-minute episode will be broadcast on the BBC iPlayer. It’s a Cave Bear Production, executive produced by Ben Cavey. It was commissioned by Kristian Smith.
Ben said: “Greg James, Mark Chappell and Shaun Pye’s script is very funny and boasts more twists and turns than your average rollercoaster. It’s thanks to their brilliant writing that we were able to attract such a fantastic cast to support Greg in his first ever sitcom performance.”
Kristian added: “Dead Air brings the enormous charisma of Radio 1’s Greg James to the screen in his own fictional comedy. We’re really pleased to be supporting his own creation, reflecting some of the chaos and calamity of the radio world.”