Producers at ITV have announced plans to film a 'very British version' of the hugely successful US crime drama Breaking Bad, to the excitement of its regular viewers.
'Turning Somewhat Impish', set in 1880s rural Berkshire, will follow a similar plot to Vince Gilligan's hard-hitting modern classic, but to the relief of ITV viewers, will include lots of corsets, butlers and quintessentially English gardens.
The original Breaking Bad, which captivated its audience with its daring and twisting storyline, has been dubbed by critics as 'the greatest television show of all time', prompting writers at ITV to set about 'getting their own piece of the action', whilst maintaining their promise of delivering pretentious but lovely period dramas.
'It's certainly going to be one heck of a hoot', said producer Liz Trubridge. 'As far as my research can tell, crystal methamphetamine wasn't the drug of choice in 1880s Berkshire, particularly within the upper-classes, but do not be fooled; there were plenty of devilish things going on back then'.
'We're really pushing the boundaries for period dramas', added Trubridge. 'Breaking Bad was a ripping example of a modern drama, so I'm told, so it's high-time someone made a pompous period drama version. Just throw-in a devilishly delicious butler and a few sordid pre-marital affairs and there you have it'.
Due to be aired next Spring, 'Turning Somewhat Impish' will follow the trials and tribulations of Lord Edward Braithewaite, an otherwise upstanding member of high society, who, after being diagnosed with a nasty case of gout, sets about befriending ex-servant Bartholomew Brown, who introduces the unwell Lord to the murky world of apple scrumping.