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Irish comedians Sharon Horgan and Aisling Bea team up for new sitcom

Sharon McGowan

Published 22/08/2015 | 09:44

Sharon Horgan
Sharon Horgan
Aisling Bea

Irish comedians Sharon Horgan and Aisling Bea are joining forces to work on a new sitcom.

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Horgan (45), who is the writer and star of hit series Catastrophe, and Bea (31) have been commissioned by Channel 4 to write a script for a new show.

The comic duo, who are both based in the UK, are working on a new sitcom, which is yet to be named, that tells the story of a woman searching for her real father.

According to Trollied star Bea, who previously worked with Meath woman Horgan on BBC series Dead Boss, it is still "early days" for the production, which is being developed by her own production company, Merman.

"We've been working together for a few years on bits and pieces, and when Sharon and Clelia Mountford set up their own production company, Merman, we started chatting about ideas and brainstorming things we could make together," Bea told entertainment site Chortle.

"We hope to use this as a way of making the most of our similar backgrounds."

The sitcom project will add to what has already been a busy summer for both of the home-grown comics.

Kildare native Bea, who was crowned best female television comic at last year's British Comedy Awards, is currently featuring in The Wrestling at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, an annual show that sees comedians pitted against professional wrestlers to fight it out.

Horgan, whose brother is rugby legend-turned-pundit Shane, is enjoying global success with her recent Channel 4 series Catastrophe, which has been getting rave reviews in the US since premiering on Amazon in June.

A second season of the black comedy, which tells the story of an Irish woman and American businessman (Rob Delaney) who end up in a relationship after their fling results in an unexpected pregnancy, has been commissioned.

The mother of two is also writing another new comedy for US network ABC called Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker in her first TV role since Sex And The City.

My hubby hates watching my love scenes in Catastrophe - Sharon Horgan  

Horgan admitted recently that she doesn't like to ponder on the famous cast.

"I think the best thing is to not think about that or you'll go a little bit crazy," she said.

"I just approach it like any show and write as true and funny a tale or as true and dramatic a tale as I can."

Despite being a fan of Sex And The City, Horgan is keen not to dwell on the past.

"From the minute I met Parker, we didn't even really talk about it," she said.

'I try not to think that I am writing for SJP', says Sharon Horgan  

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