Episodes, BBC Two: What Happens When UK TV Shows Go To Hollywood?

Ever wondered what happens when UK shows get commissioned in the US? Take a look at BBC Two’s new TV drama about the decisions and misdecisions of TV producers on both sides of the pond, and what can happen when the execs begin to lose the plot, so to speak.

In an interview with the Telegraph, the US writers exposing the follies of American TV talked openly about their show. Friends creator David Crane shared his experiences. When you hear that shows like Fawlty Towers, The IT Crowd and perhaps most alarmingly L9ttle Britain have all had US remakes (to varying levels of completion), you begin to wonder what goes on in the studios.

Acting out this subject for this new show are Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan as British writers adrift in the US. It may sound like a comedy, but it’s listed as a drama. You be the judge.

Episodes is about a fictional show called Lyman’s Boys – a Bafta-award winning drama set in a boy’s preparatory school, which stars a thespish Richard Griffiths as headmaster. The show’s garlands have attracted an American studio head, who woos its husband-and-wife writing team Sean and Beverly Lincoln (played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) with the words: “I love your show. I want to have sex with your show.â€?

Sure enough, they jet out to LA and discover that all is not quite as promised. There’s a house and pool, but it appears the studio boss had never even seen the show, and guess who they’ve re-cast as the head master? Matt Le Blanc. What a perfect way to ruin your hopes.

Episodes begins on Monday 10 January on BBC Two at 10.00pm