Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush‘s Rumpus Media has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce a one-off documentary on stand-up comedian Richard Pryor as part of the European pay-TV operator’s ‘Passions’ season.
Passions: Richard Pryor by Romesh Ranganathan (pictured) will explore the life and career of Pryor, who inspired the film’s host, British comedian Romesh Ranganathan, to track his idol’s career.
The hour-long doc will trace Ranganathan to Los Angeles as he follows the footsteps of the troubled comic in order to examine Pryor’s uncompromising honesty, on-stage freedom and fierce topical observations. The one-off will also see Ranganathan meeting people who knew Pryor personally to gain further insight into the late-comic.
“It was great to be able to explore the genius of Richard Pryor and learn more about one of my heroes,” Ranganathan said in a statement. “Spending time in L.A. talking to various people about his life, I felt grateful for both the experience and for the fact he didn’t spend his life in Hastings.”
Passions: Richard Pryor by Romesh Ranganathan will be executive produced by Emily Hudd, produced by Ben Rogers and directed by Chris Cottam for Rumpus Media. It was commissioned by Bill Hobbins for Sky Arts.
Founded in 2013, Rumpus Media’s recent credits include two series of BBC3′s Asian Provocateur with Romesh Ranganathan, Annie Mac: Who Killed the Night? and Sounds Random; Channel 4′s Immigrants Guide to Britain, How to Survive the End of the World and A Granny’s Guide to the Modern World; and BBC2′s Second Opinion.