The strange world of a London letting agent portrayed in Channel 4 series Stath Lets Flats is to re-made for US viewers.
And the UK series, which recently finished its second run, won a BAFTA in July for Best Scripted Comedy.
The show, which follows an incompetent lettings agent and his colleagues as they run an agency in North London started out as a cult hit but soon went mainstream as audiences warmed to the lovable but idiotic eponymous central character, Stath, played by its creator Jamie Demetriou.
And now Stath Lets Flats is being remade in the US largely due to the success of the original series on HBO Max, America’s leading pay-TV channel.
The show is being compared to The Office, the Ricky Gervais sitcom that was also remade successfully for a US audience, although both shows follow illustrious predecessors.
These include Till Death Us Do Part, Antiques Roadshow, Are You Being Served, The Vicar of Dibley and Dad’s Army.
Demetriou, when asked recently about why Stath Lets Flats has been a success, said: “Everyone on the show on the surface is very stupid, but I think it’s trying to capture a general goodness and sweetness about a lot of people I grew up with, people I went to school with, people who sort of I don’t know — it’s more just like general personality types you see over and over again and you see, they’re generally seen as flawed but it’s kind of like tapping into the goodness of them.”
The new series is to be made by Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV arm, Fox.