Another Film Company: Director James De Frond’s edgy comedy series "Murder in Successville” is available from June 15th on BBC3.
Says the Guardian “..a show that can claim to be the most recklessly original programme of the moment: BBC3’s Murder in Successville a mash of reality show, prank show, sitcom and crime spoof, it does the improbable and makes something new from the concept of fame."
Celeb participants include Union J’s George Shelley, Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara, Baby Spice Emma Bunton and Towie’s Mark Wright. The celebs are shown to their mark, with no pep talk, hints, or even feedback after a scene. When De Frond calls “Cut”, they’re ushered off stage to keep them apart from everyone else.
Explains director James De Frond: “It’s a show with a celeb that’s not a panel show or chatshow,”, “and you see a side of them you’ve not seen in any other format. They let themselves go once they’ve got that office scene out of their system. Then they’re starring in their own movie.“To an extent, they try to prepare themselves for how they’re going to play it,” concedes De Frond. “But quickly that goes, because the experiences we put them through are so real, they can only really be themselves”. They are “literally walked around in a blindfold”, “I don’t give them any direction. I direct the experience. It’s like a haunted house at Thorpe Park.”
James De Frond’s TV directing credits include 'Keith Lemon’s World Tour', 'The Morgana Show’ (Best Breakthough at the British Comedy awards) and ‘Very Important People’.
His previous advertising credits include a Campaign for Paddy Power, Hooch and O2. He is represented by Another FIlm Company London.