[08/29/11 - 08:51 AM]
U.K. Original "Free Agents" Premieres in October on BBC America
The six-episode series premieres Saturday, October 8 as part of the network's "Ministry of Laughs" block.

[via press release from BBC America]


From the team behind The Inbetweeners, Spaced and this summer's acclaimed film Attack The Block

Free Agents, the hit romantic comedy set in the office of a London talent agency starring Anthony Head (Buffy, Little Britain), Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Sharon Horgan (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), joins BBC AMERICA's new Saturday night comedy block, the Ministry of Laughs, with back-to-back episodes premiering in October. The award-winning team behind this U.S. premiere series includes producer Nira Park (Attack the Block, Paul) and executive producers Matthew Justice (Attack the Black, Rev.) and Iain Morris (The Inbetweeners). Free Agents premieres Saturday, October 8, 11:00pm and 11:30pm ET/PT as part of the Ministry of Laughs. A U.S. version of Free Agents, also starring Anthony Head, who reprises his role as Stephen, premieres in September on NBC.

Stephen (Head) is the brash, sex obsessed, go-find-me-more-clients boss who encourages open discussion of everyone's sex life. He's quick to offer advice and sarcasm to Alex (Mangan) who's suffering the fallout of a divorce and wondering if he can ever date again. Meantime Alex has a one night stand with his colleague Helen (Horgan) who's suffering through her own misery with the death of her fiancé. They are perfect for each other, according to Alex. According to Helen, he has got to be joking. There is no way she is having sex with Alex. Again. Not after the last two times they had sex. Absolutely not. The on-but-mostly-off romance between them might just have a future if they can ever shake off their pasts.

Free Agents joins the Ministry of Laughs, hosted by Chris Hardwick, which premieres a raft of irreverent and inventive award-winning comedies from the UK. The block begins each week with the UK's biggest talk show, The Graham Norton Show, and has featured hit series The Inbetweeners, Come Fly With Me, Friday Night Dinner and Outnumbered.

Free Agents is a Big Talk (Friday Night Dinner) and Bwark (The Inbetweeners) production for Channel 4 and distributed by BBC Worldwide.


Alex Taylor Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing)

Helen Ryan Sharon Horgan (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Pulling)

Stephen Caudwell Anthony Head (Buffy, Little Britain)

Dan Mackey Matthew Holness (Friday Night Dinner, The Office)

Written by Chris Niel

Producer Nira Park (Attack the Block, Paul, Spaced)

Director James Griffiths (Up All Night, Episodes)

Executive Producers Matthew Justice (Attack the Block, Him & Her, Rev.) Iain Morris (The Inbetweeners, Meet Ricky Gervais)

Twitter: @BBCAMERICA Hashtag: #FreeAgents

BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy, four Golden Globes and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable's most affluent and educated audiences and is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 68 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.

  [august 2011]  


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