Romesh Ranganathan stars in a brand new comedy series Avoidance on BBC One
Avoidance is described as a “warm and bittersweet comedy series about a man with severe conflict avoidance issues who is forced to change for the sake of his son.”
Actor, comedian and writer Romesh Ranganathan stars as Jonathan alongside Jessica Knappett as Claire, Mandeep Dhillon as Danielle and Lisa McGrillis as Courtney. Also on the cast are Kieran Logendra (Spencer), Jessica Fostekew (Amanda) and Tommy Finnegan (Darren).
A teaser shares: “Jonathan’s life revolves around his nine year-old son Spencer, and he’s always deferred the big and small decisions to his partner Claire. So when Claire asks him to leave, Jonathan realises he has no home, no friends and no ambition. Except one: to try to preserve his son’s happiness in the face of his parents’ break-up.
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In the show, the pair interview an array of celebrities and try their hands at learning new skills from them, whether it be running from Usain Bolt or songwriting with Shania Twain.
“Jonathan takes Spencer and runs away. But he only gets as far as the home of sister Danielle and her wife Courtney. Over the course of the series, the unlikely foursome gradually become a loving but utterly dysfunctional family unit. Can a Beta male find some backbone? And can Jonathan avoid passing his failings (and his really bad dress sense) on to his son?”
The show is written and created by Romesh Ranganathan and Benjamin Green, who also directs the series.
Romesh Ranganathan said: “Ben and I first conceived this idea in 2017 and have been thinking about it on and off ever since, so if it disappeared after one series it would be really annoying. If I say the BBC have committed to three series in this quote, do they have to honour that?”
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Tanya Qureshi, Commissioning Editor of Comedy for the BBC, commented: “Romesh, Ben and the Ranga Bee team have assembled a fantastic cast to bring their modern take on a family sitcom to life. We couldn’t be more excited to share it with audiences on BBC One later this year.”
Benjamin Green, Co-creator and Co-founder of Ranga Bee, added to news outlet MarkMeets.com: “It was not exactly a tough ask for Romesh and myself to imagine what life would be like for a useless, conflict averse, procrastinating Beta male.
“It was trickier to work out what would happen if he was actually forced to change. We are delighted the BBC have allowed us to make a show for all those people that cannot turn an invitation down or tell a waiter they have the wrong order and especially for those poor souls that have to live with them.”
Jonathan Blyth, Director of Comedy for BBC Studios, says: “We are thrilled to be working with Romesh and Ben on this brilliant and contemporary family sitcom and its wonderful characters, which we know audiences around the world will fall in love with.
“I am delighted we can support Ranga Bee’s ambition to develop new content as fresh and exciting as Avoidance.”
Avoidance is available to watch now.
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