Tom is a comedy writer at the very top of his game and we can’t wait to see this modern family sitcom develop into a full series on BBC One, which it truly deserves.
— Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy
Following the Comedy Playhouse, Pandemonium (see review) originally broadcast in December 2020, Here We Go (6 x 30’) comes to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for a full series featuring an all-star cast including Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd), Jim Howick (Ghosts), Tom Basden (After Life), Freya Parks (School’s Out Forever), and Tori Allen-Martin (London Kills).
Written by Tom Basden and made by BBC Studios Comedy Productions, Here We Go follows the highs and lows of the Jessop family as they navigate a combination of life’s everyday challenges – changing careers, keeping the romance alive within a marriage, adopting a healthier lifestyle, kidnapping a dog, destroying a swimming pool and sabotaging a wedding.
Having filmed his family’s disastrous attempt to carve out a holiday in the midst of the pandemic in the 2020 pilot episode, the series sees youngest son Sam continue to document the Jessop family across the year. Moving back and forward in time, each episode offers an intimate, observed and absurd exposé of a modern British family doing its best to support each other, if accidentally annoying everyone else in the process.
Although nothing quite goes to plan for the Jessops, their indomitable spirit sees them find moments of unexpected delight among the disappointment and laughing in the face of disaster, promising a surfeit of hilarious moments for viewers to enjoy.
Tom Basden says: “I’m delighted to be bringing the Jessop family to BBC One this year. Hopefully their spectacular failures will make the rest of us feel a bit better about ourselves.”
Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy, says: “Tom is a comedy writer at the very top of his game and we can’t wait to see this modern family sitcom develop into a full series on BBC One, which it truly deserves.”
Josh Cole, Head of Comedy for BBC Studios Comedy Productions says: “Here We Go is a passion project for us and one we are hugely excited about. Tom Basden’s scripts are exceptional, and bottle the unique dynamics, and occasional frustrations, of time spent with the family”.
Broadcast details for Here We Go (previously titled Pandemonium) will be announced in due course and the original Comedy Playhouse pilot is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
Here We Go was written and created by Tom Basden and commissioned by BBC Comedy. The Director is Will Sinclair, the Executive Producers for BBC Studios Productions are Josh Cole and Tom Basden and the Producer is Tom Jordan. The Commissioning Editors for the BBC are Gregor Sharp & Seb Barwell.