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TV show based on Mischief's The Play That Goes Wrong announced

The show will star Mischief’s original founding members

Harry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis
Harry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis
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A new TV series based on The Play that Goes Wrong is in the works.

The six-part series will be called The Goes Wrong Show and is commissioned by BBC's controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen, and Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content.

The show will be written by and star the original founding Mischief Theatre members: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields alongside Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Bryony Corrigan, Greg Tannahill, Dave Hearn and Chris Leask. The show will be filmed in front of a live studio audience.

The series sees The Cornley Drama Society undertaking another ambitious endeavour: six brand new half hours of theatrical catastrophe include the gripping courtroom drama A Trial to Watch and World War II spy thriller The Pilot.

Henry Lewis, co-writer and co-founder of Mischief Theatre, said: "We're so grateful for this incredible opportunity and we can't wait to get started on making some truly terrible programmes. We are still very short on equipment – if you have a camcorder we can borrow (in any condition) please do fax us."

Filming for the show begins in Manchester in 2019.