If you were a fan of “The IT Crowd,” or if you enjoyed the piggish Prince Merkimer on Netflix’s “Disenchantment,” then you might want to keep an eye on IFC’s upcoming schedule. The network announced this week that the company has acquired three seasons of the cult British comedy “Toast of London,” which stars crowd-favorite Matt Berry. The series is scheduled to begin airing in 2019 from Objective Fiction and all3media international.
Already a terrific hit overseas, the series was created by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry and has garnered quite a following over the years. A BAFTA award winning comedy, the show stars Berry as Steven Toast, an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a sketchy past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. Three seasons have been broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK, all written by Mathews and Berry.
IFC’s SVP of Original Programming, Christine Lubrano said, “Matt Berry is absolutely the toast of IFC, he is already the star of Year of the Rabbit, our upcoming 2019 original production with Channel 4, so we are beyond thrilled to add even more of his comedic genius to our ‘slightly off’ line-up.”
The half-hour comedy, which is produced by Objective Fiction, part of all3media’s Objective Media Group, has completed three, six-episode seasons with guest stars including Jon Hamm, Morgana Robinson, Vic Reeves and Josh Homme. The show was commissioned by Channel 4 in the UK.
Berry will also be featured in an animated adaptation of “Moominvalley” for television, that series is expected to premiere in 2019. The project will be based on Tove Jansson’s popular work, following Moomintroll the idealistic hero. The animated-series will also feature Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet, Warwick Davis, Richard Ayoade, Jennifer Saunders, and Matt Lucas. Tove Jansson has created a wide-array of books and stories about the Moomins, which have been put together in a vast number of collections. You can find them at retailers online, or right her on Amazon.