Steve Bendelack and the BBC Bring You a New Dark Comedy

Ill Behaviour is the new three-part comedy thriller to come to BBC iPlayer from director Steve Bendelack and BAFTA-award winning writer Sam Bain (Peep Show, Fresh Meat). After premiering on BBC iPlayer in August, the show is set to broadcast on BBC Two later this year.

When Charlie (Tom Riley) is diagnosed with cancer the prognosis is favourable – he’s young and healthy, the cancer has been caught early and it’s a type which responds well to chemotherapy. However, Charlie is suspicious of drugs and modern medical treatments and decides to refuse chemotherapy in favour of an alternative New Age approach.

His oldest friends Joel (Chris Geere) and Tess (Jessica Regan) fear he’s written his own suicide note, so they decide to hold him hostage and administer chemotherapy themselves with the help of Nadia (Lizzy Caplan), an unstable, alcoholic oncologist.

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, says:

“Sam has achieved something very special and gripping in placing a huge moral dilemma at the crossroads of friendship, family and loyalty when faced with a devastating cancer diagnosis. Characters have to make difficult ethical choices and engage in questionable deeds for what they believe to be the right reasons – it challenges our own sense of right and wrong in the face of life and death. The cast and team have pulled off something very ambitious and it’s the perfect must watch the next episode box-set viewing experience to launch on BBC iPlayer ahead of its broadcast on BBC Two.”

Ill Behaviour is available on BBC iPlayer (for UK viewers only). Click on this link to watch all three episodes.