YouTube Mimic Gets A Sitcom

Channel 4 have commissioned a new sitcom called The Mimic, to be written by sometime Russell Brand collaborator Matt Morgan. Here’s the blurb:

The story of Martin Hurdle, a seemingly unremarkable maintenance man who, in fact, conceals an exceptional talent. What makes Martin unique is his uncanny ability to mimic voices. Stumbling through life, as he has been until now, his mimicry of celebrities and colleagues alike has been a rather fruitless pursuit. However, in a huge revelation from a former lover, Martin is about to discover that he could in fact be the father of a 19-year-old son. With their first meeting on the horizon, is this the news that will finally kick start Martin into adulthood? And if it is, just how will he use his voices to cope with this life changing development?

Starring as Hurdle is Terry Mynott, a man who has filed several YouTube videos of his celebrity impressions:

Shame he started with such a weak one.

And occasionally reverted to some more weak ones.

Still.

Mynott also voiced a series of animations about several Star Wars characters living on the same British street. Here’s the first of those:

I’m encouraged that Mynott and co. are cooking up a sitcom and going for substance over a sketch show simply hanging on the “and here’s another one” principle most mimics have tried to get by with.

UPDATE: Though I’m told Mynott will be doing one of those too, VIP with Morgana Robinson. They’ve apparently shot some scenes as Daybreak hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakely, but they’ll be out of date by the time the show airs, seeing as Chiles and Bleakely have just lost their jobs…

Conversely, they’re going to have to work hard to stop the character from being off-putting. Good luck fellas.