Cult indie animation series, TheBruvs.com, is making the switch from online to mainstream TV, in a deal with broadcaster UKTV and their hit channel Dave. The animated comedy short films, which feature the misadventures of dodgy villain brothers Doug and Den Bruv as they try to go straight in their new home in Essex, have found a new home alongside the likes of Red Dwarf, Top Gear, QI, As Yet Untitled with Alan Davies and Crackanory. The animations, which also feature Old Man Bruv, single mum Janice and her son Jason, and the lovely Chanterelle, started online about two years ago. Conceived by former Top Gear producer and This Is Your Life writer Ian Brown, the series’ animation director is multi-award winning Eoin Clarke.
Something of a passion project, the films have been made on a shoestring budget but with much ambition. “We always wanted to see the short films grow – and the characters grow with them,” says Ian Brown. “We have US juggernauts like The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad very much in our minds, but we are not them by any means. We do not have their resources for a start. But we have gained a very loyal – and ever-expanding following. The deal with Dave and UKTV is very exciting. It gives TheBruvs the chance to reach even more people on a more conventional platform.”
Eleven of the short films will appear on Dave, with transmission details still to be confirmed. Some might even land on UKTV’s other channels such as Yesterday, Drama or Gold – as well as their catch-up service UKTVplay. Meanwhile, all new films from TheBruvs will appear online first on YouTube and at TheBruvs.com. Ian Brown continues,” Our hope is that Doug and Den and all the other characters can develop into more of a sitcom in longer form animations. We have many ideas for TheBruvs and hope people will let us tell their stories.”
Since launching, the shorts have gained a loyal following on their social media sites – with several celebrities among them, such as Coronation Street actor, Simon Gregson, and Birds of a Feather star, Linda Robson. Other famous names to have given their support include Mission Impossible star, Thandie Newton, Eamonn Holmes, and several Goggleboxers. Now appearing in various forms on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, with their main hub being TheBruvs.com.
Writer – Ian Brown
Animation director – Eoin Clarke
Sound – Paul Richmond
Music – Stig Winslet, Pete Harbour