Bike Squad coming to ITV
April 11, 2007
Media Guardian reports that ITV has commissioned Drop the Dead Donkey writer Guy Jenkin to script a show about cycling policemen.
The ITV director of entertainment and comedy, Paul Jackson, has given the green light for Bike Squad, which follows a troupe of biking coppers and is expected to air as a 90-minute pilot early next year. A full series could follow.
The casting has not been confirmed but it is thought that actor Mark Addy, the star of recent ITV1 comedy drama Bonkers, will play the lead in the comedy, which is being made by independent producer Tiger Aspect.
“It is about policemen who are shunted off to this squad because basically they are not very good as policemen,” said Jenkin, whose credits include Drop the Dead Donkey and the satirical BBC1 film Jeffrey Archer: The Truth, and who is an enthusiastic cyclist himself.
Surely bike cops aren’t all failed regular police officers.
Bike Squad won its slot last Friday night with a 20% average audience share. 4.6 million people watched the 90-minute pilot according to unofficial overnights quoted here by the Guardian.