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Life of Barneys director turned into a sitcom

BBC2 is to produce a sitcom based on the life of Simon Doonan, creative director of US department store group Barneys.

The series will be produced by Jon Plowman, the man behind Absolutely Fabulous, The Office and Little Britain, and will be broadcast this autumn.

Plowman has based the series on UK-born Doonan’s book Beautiful People, which recounts his “chaotic” childhood in Reading, and then his subsequent moves to London and the US, where he made his name with his anarchic window displays.

Doonan, who was in London last week to promote the launch of his book, said the series had already been cast but could not reveal any of the actors. He said the series was a “comedic extrapolation of my life.” He added: “Jon Plowman’s speciality is taking things to their chaotic conclusion; it’s an over-the-top comedy.”

To mark the publication of Beautiful People, Selfridges’ London Oxford Street store dedicated a window to Doonan based on his own sketches.

The book is Doonan’s first in the UK. Another of his books, Eccentric Glamour, will be published in July.

Doonan writes a column for the New York Observer and has made cameo appearances on TV shows Project Runway, The Cut and America’s Next Top Model.

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