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Netflix commissions Jamie Demetriou comedy from Guilty Party


Netflix has ordered a comedy special from quadruple BAFTA winner, Jamie Demetriou.

The Stath Lets Flats creator will write and star in A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou, which also features Ellie White, Sian Clifford, Jon Pointing, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Katy Wix.

The comedy special is being produced by BBC Studios Productions and Guilty Party Pictures, the indie founded by Spencer Millman, Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet.

It’s described as a “journey from birth to death through the ever adored medium of song and sketch – unpacking the most crucial, embarrassing, heartening and ultimately futile stages of a life lived in the anxious modern day.”

“It’s been a privilege to see Jamie assemble these disparate, disastrous, often relatively thick characters into one beautiful sweep of life as he sees it,” explained Sweet and Bird.

“It’s as original, daring, and hilarious as we have come to expect from (to be fair) the comic voice of his generation.”

StudioCanal’s Manchester-based Red Production Co is a 25% shareholder in Guilty Party, and handles its worldwide distribution.

“Jamie is an exceptional creator and performer. It’s a testament to his talent that in just one hour he will take us on an excruciating, hilarious, brilliantly observed journey through modern life,” added Josh Cole, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios.

The executive producers for A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou are Josh Cole (for BBC Studios), Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet (for Guilty Party), Andrew Gaynord and Demetriou.

The special is produced by Olly Cambridge and directed by Andrew Gaynord.

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