Did you see the Jessop family in Pandemonium, the Tom Basden comedy over Christmas 2020? If you didn’t then you missed a treat, so the original pilot is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
Well, as we reported in February, Here We Go has emerged from the Pandemonium with a full six episode series, now entitled Here We Go to drop on April 29th on BBC1.
Here We Go covers a year in the life of the irrepressible Jessop family as filmed by youngest son, Sam (Jack Christou). With Alison Steadman (Sue), Katherine Parkinson (Rachel), Jim Howick (Paul), Amy (Freya Parks) and Tom Basden (Robin Hankey).
When Rachel receives a family pass to Jungle World adventure park as a birthday present from Paul, to be redeemed anytime in the next six months, the family start excitedly planning their big day out.
However, as work and home pressures heighten over the course of the year, the Jessops only remember to use Rachel’s voucher on the final day that it’s valid. Racing against the clock to get to the park before it closes, with an uncooperative dog that Sue is looking after for a neighbour in tow, will the Jessops snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and give Rachel the birthday day out she so badly needs?
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”.