Comedian Frank Skinner is to star as a cabbie in his own ITV1 sitcom.
The Black Country-born comic, one of the highest paid stars on TV, will play a wise-cracking driver in the sitcom titled Shane.
The series is expected to be aired as part of the network's autumn
Skinner is currently writing the show and will begin production after
finishing work on a new series of his chat show.
ITV chiefs said Skinner's character is "swiftly becoming a disappointment to
his wife, an embarrassment to his teenage kids and a liability to his
The star previously tried his hand at acting in a Channel 4 comedy, which he
also wrote, called Blue Heaven a decade ago.
Jon Thoday, managing director of programme maker Avalon Television, said:
"It's good to see ITV continuing to back new comedy."