Peter Capaldi to direct new TV comedy drama

Former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi is to direct a new TV family-based comedy drama for Sky TV in the UK.

Capaldi is to direct a non-broadcast pilot of the new show called They F*ck You Up which is about a woman who adopts five children, reports Deadline.

The show is based on Sarah Naish’s memoir But He Looks So Normal: A Bad-Tempered Parenting Guide for Adopters and Foster Parents and will be written by Thomas Eccleshare. 

Eccleshare described the new show as a “funny, honest and caustic” look at parenting.

“She’s sort of like the best mother in the world and the worst mother in the world,” Eccleshare said. “She will leave her kids on the side of the motorway to make their own way home but also fully support them through their quite extreme difficulties.”

Capaldi is best known as an actor to many television viewers, especially for his performances as the Twelfth Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who but also as the foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci’s brilliant satire, The Thick of It.

However, he has experience of directing before and won an Oscar for helming and writing the short film Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life, as well as overseeing nine episodes of the medical comedy-drama Getting On in 2009 and 2010.

Peter Capaldi was last seen on our TV screens in The Devil’s Hour on Prime Video (pictured above) opposite Jessica Raine. The series has now been recommissioned for a further two seasons.

With the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who in November 2023 and David Tennant returning to the show as the Fourteenth incarnation of the famous Time Lord, many are expecting returning stars to be part of the three specials overseen by Russell T Davies, but Peter Capaldi has at present ruled himself out of taking part in any multi-Doctor special.