BBC1 comedy Outnumbered is to be remade for a US audience after Fox ordered a pilot episode from Hat Trick. The UK indie has teamed up with US TV finance specialist Media Rights Capital for the remake. It was ordered by Fox Broadcasting Company's entertainment president Kevin Riley, the former NBC president of entertainment who commissioned the US remake of The Office and also greenlit Heroes.
The 30-minute pilot script was penned by Larry Levin, a US writer whose credits include Fox's cult 1990s single camera comedy Bakersfield PD. Series creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin will act as script consultants.

“In some ways, Bakersfield paved the ways for single camera shows like The Office and Larry's got the right sensibility to do Outnumbered justice,” said Hat Trick managing director Jimmy Mulville.

“Fox took one look at the original British series and immediately saw the potential for a primetime hit in the US.”

Outnumbered broke new ground for BBC1 last year for its experimental style that married a conventional sitcom set-up with improvised dialogue from its cast, which included Samantha Bond and Hugh Dennis and five year-old Ramona Marquez, who was named one of Broadcast's Hot 100.

A second seven-part series is set to air next year.

CBS recently commissioned Hat Trick to make an 8 x 30-minute series of hidden-camera format Game Show In My Head, a co-production with Fox 21 and Katalyst TV.

CBS is also remaking Hat Trick's Worst Week of My Life, retitled Worst Week, while NBC has ordered a pilot of Father Ted remake Father Fred.