Primal Media’s comedy, Jerk, has been recommissioned as part of a major commitment to boosting disability representation on and off screen in 2020 as announced yesterday by the BBC. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/disability2020/returning)
Following the critically-acclaimed and award-winning first series, Tim Renkow is back. Having been previously forced to return to the US, he’s now enrolled himself on a post graduate course in London. Not that he has any intention of actually going. But a student visa means he can stay in the UK – where he intends to wreak more havoc. Milking the discomfort his cerebral palsy creates in others, and pushing the boundaries of what he can get away with for his own amusement.
Ash Atalla, Executive Producer and Roughcut TV MD, says: “We’ve tried really hard to get rid of Tim Renkow. Unfortunately Jerk has been recommissioned and we now have to continue working with the self-proclaimed genius that he is. You can’t win them all.”
Mat Steiner, Executive Producer and MD of Primal, adds: “It’s great that there is a still space on British TV where being a Jerk can be rewarded. We are delighted!”
Kate Daughton, Head of BBC Comedy, says: “We’re delighted to welcome back Tim Renkow’s outrageously funny Jerk for a second series. Tim has a unique voice and an ability to take down his targets like no one else. We can’t wait to see who he sets his sights on next.”
The series piloted as A Brief History Of Tim in BBC Three’s 2016 Comedy Feeds, showcasing emerging new talent, before its first series was commissioned and aired in 2019. Series one won a MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for its representation of disability and was described by Ian Hyland as “the sharpest new comedy I have watched in years” in a 5* Daily Mirror review.
Jerk series two will film in 2020 and be a BBC Three boxset on BBC iPlayer. It will also air on BBC One.
Jerk (4×22’) is written by Shaun Pye and Tim Renkow, and is a co-production between Roughcut TV and Primal Media for BBC Three. It has been recommissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three. The Executive Producers are Ash Atalla and Alex Smith for Roughcut TV, and Mat Steiner for Primal Media. It is produced by Roughcut’s Rebecca Murrell, and the Commissioning Editor for BBC Comedy is Alex Moody.
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