Written by Shona Smith on Dec 10, 2019. Posted in Production News

Team behind BAFTA winning series People Just Do Nothing begin filming feature adaptation in Japan

The BAFTA winning BBC comedy series People Just Do Nothing has been adapted into feature film titled Big in Japan.

The situational comedy series ran for five series and follows the lives of Brentford based pirate radio station Kurupt FM. The feature sees the crew rise to stardom after one of their songs has been used on a popular game show. The group travel to the country to experience fame and fortune. Shooting began at the end of November, and will spend six weeks shooting between the UK and Japan.

Frontman MC Grindah, played by Allan Mustafa, comments "Japan is the most advanced city in the world so it makes perfect sense that they would recognise our lyrical talent. We can't wait to go over there and completely destroy the music scene. In a good way”.

The film is a Roughcut production and developed by BBC Films and BBC Comedy. Focus Features and BBC Films financed the project and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film in the UK and Ireland when released in August 2020.

Jack Clough whose credits include People Just Do Nothing and Skins is directing. Written by Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa (MC Grindah), additional material was contributed by Asim Chaudhry, Hugo Chegwin and Lily Brazier.

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