The sitcom genre might not yet be dead here in the UK, but its starting to wheeze heavily and look a little grey around the gills. Hoping to breathe new life into the format is ‘Til I Die’ a footy comedy based around a group of Manchester City fans. A pilot episode of the show has been filmed and stars ex-Corrie star Sally Lindsay and Steve Edge (Star Stories and long-time collaborator with Peter Kay.) Aschlin Ditta (The Catherine Tate Show) has been responsible for penning the chuckles, while the involvement of established comedy production company Hat Trick could inspire some interest.
Lindsay is excited by the show’s potential: “The scripts are just fantastic. It’s the funniest show I’ve done since ‘The Royle Family’” enthuses the former Shelley Unwin. “The story is based around a load of City fans who have moved to London but get the train up to Manchester to watch the Blues – and it’s all about their relationships.” While the antics of a group of sports nuts might not be everyone’s recipe for perfect comedy, it could earn a following with City fans and I’m sure famous fans, the Gallagher brothers could turn up for a cameo. It’s not like they’re doing anything else.