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BBC Radio 2 commissions new sitcom Barbara Nice

BBC Radio 2 has commissioned of a new Comedy sitcom series, Barbara Nice, which is to be recorded in Birmingham and Salford this summer.

The four 30 minute series will be made in front of a live audience and is about a couple with very different ideas on how to spend the golden age of retirement. The pilot programme which was originally broadcast in 2015, will kick off the series, followed by four new episodes.

The Stockport-based sitcom is built around the comedy character Barbara Nice by performer Janice Connolly from That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights.

The show was commissioned by Robert Gallacher, Scheduling and Commissioning Editor at BBC Radio 2, who said: “The pilot of Barbara Nice was very much enjoyed by the Radio 2 audience, so I’m delighted that it will return later this year for a full series’.

Janice Connolly says: “The sitcom is about being a certain age, reaching retirement and being in a long-term marriage. Barbara is a big character who is always trying to invent things for her and her husband to do but invariably it always backfires.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be recording two of the episodes in Birmingham. It’s a great city and I have been proud to be part of the artistic community of Birmingham for many years. The wonderful work that is being produced at Birmingham Rep and the world class facilities at The Hippodrome alongside independent venues like The Hare And Hounds mean that the city is bursting with culture.”

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