Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The BBC has decided to produce comedies! Oh yeah, and Hollywood is planning to make some blockbuster action films, too. No, but really, BBC Films is on the search for some funny new talent with which to start new relationships. In a joint venture with the BBC's television production department, BBC Films is hoping to find this talent, nurture them on TV and then eventually work with them on feature film ideas. Basically they're looking for "the British Steve Carrell," to one day star in "mainstream comedy feature film hits."
Honestly, I don't know what the BBC is talking about. Haven't they been doing this, less intentionally, for years? Let's see, there was Monty Python. Oh wait, BBC Films didn't make their movies. Okay, so I'm not that familiar with BBC television comedies since then and before The Office, but seeing as how Ricky Gervais will probably get wooed by Hollywood, perhaps BBC Films does have a fresh idea. Especially since the funniest British TV talent cum movie talent, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, came out of Channel 4. Anyway, I am always open to more comedies, particularly British comedies, but the British Steve Carrell? That's like EMI Records in the 1960s looking for the British Monkees.