Filming underway on BAFTA nominee Spencer Jones’ absurdist creation
BBC comedy The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk has been recommissioned for a second series, with filming underway on location in South East London. News of the recommission today is accompanied by a first-look at the forthcoming series, showing Spencer on Jones on set.
Created by BAFTA and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Spencer Jones (Mister Winner, Upstart Crow) and produced by award-winning production company Tiger Aspect Productions (part of Banijay UK), the new (5 x 15’) series of The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk – the original short of which was nominated for a BAFTA – will see Jones’s titular alter-ego Herbert Clunkerdunk no closer to getting his life or his imagination under control. A simple visit to the mechanic turns into a full-blown western, a father/son fishing trip uncovers an underwater dystopia and he can’t get his tax return done because the stationery on his desk is performing the steamy, sensual stop motion affair that would make a Bridgerton viewer blush.
Herbert’s wife Bobby Kindle (Lucy Pearman) becomes more powerful than you can possibly imagine when she’s supercharged by static electricity, his old neighbour Jonny Wallop (Dominic Coleman) is hunted by a creature of the night, and Herbert’s front door still talks to him (though this time, he’s got a new love interest, the Jessica Rabbit of windows, Sasha Window). Herbert is also joined by a host of new characters including ex-boxer Rusty (Shiloh Coke), Bobby’s old Uni friend Denim Jean (Felicity Ward) and, when he’s at his lowest point, a moment of pure(ish) Clarity (Vic Reeves).
Creator & star Spencer Jones said:
“In what can only be described as an admin error the BBC are allowing me on the beautiful BBC Two once again. But let me tell you this: there have been no admin errors when booking the cast for the new series of Clunkerdunk 2. Wait till you get a load of these legends. Like most people I have been locked in a house with my family for well over a year. And also like most people I have gone insane (self-diagnosed). All of my mind mess has been turned into a 5 episode series. So if you think the last series was weird I would stay well away from series 2. More characters, more songs, more gags, morons. This is my press release and I’m sticking with it.”
David Simpson, Head of Tiger Aspect Comedy, said:
“What an absolute joy it is to see this show return. Spencer’s creativity is endless and he has been on fire writing the scripts for the new series. I’m so excited to see Herbert’s imagination come to life again!”
Ben Caudell, BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor says:
“It’s wonderful to have Spencer’s unique brand of madness back on the BBC. This new series goes deeper into the mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk than any one has ever attempted before. We don’t actually know if it’s safe to do so but we’re pushing on anyway in the name of science.”
The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk is a Tiger Aspect Comedy production, written and created by award-winning comedian Spencer Jones. The producer is Ben Worsfield, the director is Martin Stirling, and the executive producers are Spencer Jones and David Simpson for Tiger Aspect Comedy. The commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell.
Transmission details will be announced in due course. Audiences can catch up on series 1 here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m0007lk3/the-mind-of-herbert-clunkerdunk