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Last Updated: Friday, 5 August 2005, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
BBC Three plans new sketch shows
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Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost stars in Man Stroke Woman
Two new sketch shows are being introduced on BBC Three, hoping to emulate the success of Little Britain.

Man Stroke Woman is the creation of Ash Atalla, a producer on hit show The Office, while Tittybangbang is an all-female sketch show.

The channel will introduce four new comedies in its autumn winter schedule, bringing its total comedies to nine.

Little Britain, which debuted on BBC Three for two seasons, will begin its third season on BBC One.

Returning to the digital channel for a second series will be award-winning black comedy Nighty Night, written and starring Julia Davis alongside Angus Deayton.

Producer Atalla described Man Stroke Woman as a sketch show "about your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your kids and the girl you fancy in the accounts department".

It will star Nick Burns who played the eponymous Nathan Barley in the Channel 4 show, Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost and Daisy Haggard of Green Wing.

'Breaking new talent'

Controller of BBC Three Stuart Murphy said: "BBC Three is regarded by audiences as the best channel for alternative British comedy - we hope that these new comedies will further enhance that growing reputation.

"Tittybangbang and Man Stroke Woman - like our other new comedies - are about breaking new talent on and off screen, so that BBC Three continues to be a breeding ground for the best original comedy on British television."

The channel will also be taking a look at controversial issues in documentaries such as I Love Being Anorexic - about people who promote the eating disorder as a lifestyle choice.

Gypsy Wars, filmed over eight months, looks at the sometimes violent confrontations between local residents and travellers who set up camp near them.

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