26 September 2022 The Irish Film & Television Network
Fergal Costello to direction newly commissioned UKTV alien drama We Are Not Alone
22 Nov 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Irish director Fergal Costello
Irish BAFTA-winning director Fergal Costello will helm a brand new scripted comedy We Are Not Alone (1x120') for Big Talk Productions.

The news came with UKTV announcement that it had green lit the (1x120’) format, which it will release on its award winning entertainment channel Dave.

Set six weeks after aliens have invaded and completely conquered Earth, We Are Not Alone explores the culture clash between humankind and its new alien masters, who are trying to make sense of a planet so confusing and idiotic that its inhabitants can't even agree which side of the road to drive on. 

Directed by Costello (Brain In Gear), We Are Not Alone is written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond and produced by Big Talk (The Outlaws, Back, Friday Night Dinner.)

“We are so excited to be bringing this project to you puny Earthlings,” said writers Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond. “We've never attempted anything so ambitious or ridiculous, so we're thrilled to be joined on the adventure by such an incredible cast and phenomenal crew.”

We Are Not Alone is commissioned for UKTV by Pete Thornton, head of scripted, and ordered by Cherie Cunningham, Dave channel director. Richard Watsham is director of commissioning for UKTV and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. We Are Not Alone is produced by Philip Leach (The Bay) and Executive producered by Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, and Victoria Grew for Big Talk.

“The premise of this highly original Special is as richly comic as it is timely. We've seen shows before about alien invasion, but none have grappled with how said aliens might try to govern and live alongside us after their (inevitably, pathetically easy) victory,” said UKTV’s Head of Scrited, Pete Thornton. “By observing the way we live through fresh alien eyes, Larry and Ben's remarkable script does a brilliant job of reflecting our topsy turvy world and pointing out what a bunch of idiots the human race really are - and that all things considered we might not actually be the best custodians of our increasingly fragile and damaged planet.”

Dave Channel Director, Cherie Cunningham believes that We Are Not Alone is one of the most ambitious productions Dave has ever undertaken. “With a hilarious script full of great characters and vivid worldbuilding,” Cunningham continued, “we're thrilled to be working with Big Talk on bringing We Are Not Alone to Dave viewers.”

Kenton Allen, CEO of Big Talk Productions, added: “Shining a light on how stupid Humans are, through the prism of some stupid Aliens, with the amazing crew we have assembled, will be stupidly good fun.”

We Are Not Alone will air on Dave and UKTV Play in 2022. International distribution will be handled by BBC Studios. Big Talk is part of ITV Studios.

Casting for the feature-length comedy will be announced imminently.

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