Courtesy : Deadline
Comedy ace Stephen Merchant is all set to come up with his new show, The Offenders and the same will see the team-up of Amazon and BBC.
Merchant is best known for being behind The Office with Ricky Gervais, but also for recently directing Fighting With My Family and playing an SS officer in Jojo Rabbit, originally created the series with Mayans M.C. co-creator Elgin James.
The Offenders will follow seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a community payback sentence. "The Offenders is a long-standing passion project for me. My parents used to work in the Community Service world and I was always intrigued that the many and varied people they dealt with only had one thing in common: they’d committed a crime," said Merchant, who directs and will also star in the series.
"Ever since The Office, I love finding ways to bring unlikely groups of people together and watch the sparks fly. As a writer I always include humor but with The Offenders, I also get to add drama, pathos, crime genre thrills and say something optimistic about the common humanity that unites us all, whatever our background.”
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