Fred Barron, the creator of BBC1's hit comedy My Family, is to oversee a new team written series about the life of a twentysomething secretary - his first commission since joining the BBC in April, writes Leigh Holmwood.
The 8 x 30-minute Everything I Know About Men, which is due to air on BBC1 next year, will be written by Barron and a team of writers including Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, whose credits include Channel 4's Peep Show and Smack the Pony, Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell, creators and writers of BBC2's We Are History, and newcomer Katie Douglas.The series, which was commissioned by BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey and head of comedy entertainment Jon Plowman, focuses on the life and times of Rebecca "Bex" Atwell and her troubles with her job, body and relationships.It is directed by Dewi Humphreys and executive produced by head of comedy Sophie Clarke-Jervoise and editor of comedy Kenton Allen.Barron was brought into the BBC on a three-year contract to spearhead more team-written comedies following the success of My Family, which regularly pulls in 8 million viewers.