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Chris O'Dowd to write and star in new Sky1 comedy Moone Boy

Chris O'Dowd in Bridesmaids

Story by Jack Foley

CHRIS O’Dowd is to write and star in a new comedy called Moone Boy for Sky1.

Adapted from O’Dowd’s previous Little Crackers episode, the series will be a semi-autobiographical show about O’Dowd’s time growing up in Ireland in the ’80s.

It will follow a character named Martin Moone, an 11-year-old child with a vivid imagination, and will feature animation based on Martin’s drawings.

O’Dowd will star as Martin’s imaginary friend, Sean Murphy, and there will also be appearances from Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas. The lead role of Martin has yet to be cast.

Commenting on what to expect, O’Dowd – who found Hollywood success this year with his role in Bridesmaids – said: “It’s a really funny show which has loads of animation and a number of laughs that I hope people will love.

“It was essential to film in Ireland and what was great about Sky was they wanted us to film here and they were really supportive. That wouldn’t have happened at any other channel.”

Filming for Moone Boy is due to commence in Dublin and O’Dowd’s hometown of Boyle in January with the show currently scheduled to air on Sky1 in the summer.

Lucy Lumsden, head of comedy at Sky, commented: “Sky customers are in for a treat.”

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