Karl Pilkington Comes Out of Retirement for Sky

Karl Pilkington may have declared his retirement from acting and public life back in 2015, but it seems as though Sky have managed to tempt him back to create an all-new scripted sitcom for the channel.

The sitcom is called Sick of It and as well as starring in the sitcom, Karl will write the entire series – a first for the man with the head like a ^”*&!?@ orange – and star in it too. The sitcom will sit alongside a new Romesh Ranganathan sitcom in a 10 pm timeslot on Sky 1, designed to kickstart Sky 1’s new comedy ambitions.

Sick of It finds Karl taking on two roles – himself and that of the voice inside his head as he muddles through the mundane life he might well have led had he never met Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant – the two men who thrust him into the limelight.

In the show, he’s recently been ditched by his long-time girlfriend when we first find him and moved into his elderly aunties house. His closest companion is the crotchety, hilariously misanthropic alter ego who takes the form of his doppelgänger, voicing the true version of what the fictional Karl things and feels, without fear of offending others.

As Karl attempts to get his life back on track, the voice in his head guides, misdirects, criticises and dispenses ‘unorthodox’ life lessons.

Speaking of the series, Karl Pilkington said: “For most people, the inner self is there to help make decisions but mine mainly confuses me and pushes me in the wrong direction. I’d say that doing this series was inner self’s idea. I’ve only just realised that I’m playing myself twice but only being paid once. Like I say, my inner self-doesn’t really look out for me.”

The series will be produced by the award-winning team behind An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life. It’s being written by Karl Pilkington and Richard Yee, who is also executive producing alongside Krishnendu Majumdar. Richard Yee directs. From Me+You Productions and Alrite Productions.

The new British comedy is joining a line-up of shows on Sky 1 from some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jack Whitehall, Nick Frost and more. The 10 pm slot is due to become Sky 1’s major comedy slot, with Bounty Hunters, Sick Note, The Reluctant Landlord and Sick of It all making their way there later this year.

It’s a move by Sky to try to revitalise their Sky 1 channel, which is available on all pay-tv packages through the Sky contact number, after much development time and money was spent on their Sky Atlantic channel.

Sky 1 is currently home to panel shows like A League of Their Own and Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, alongside Harry Hill’s Tea Time, The Russell Howard Hour and more. However, aside from Stella and Trollied – both of which are nearing the end of their lives – the channel lacks not a single scripted sitcom, hence the move from Sky to bring sitcoms back into the fold at Sky 1.