BBC Four has announced two new comedy series - Up The Women and Quick Cuts - on the way from the TV channel.

Up The Women is written by its star Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Twenty Twelve), and Quick Cuts is written by Georgia Pritchitt (Smack The Pony, Miranda, The Thick Of It) and it will star Doon Mackichan from Smack The Pony.

Up The Women is the first audience sitcom commissioned for BBC Four, and will be the last audience sitcom to be filmed at BBC Television Centre.

In the series, the year is 1910 and Margaret (Jessica Hynes) has been to London and discovered the Women's Suffrage movement. She decides they need to set up their own movement in Banbury, and 'The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle', based in the church hall, becomes the ineffectual 'Banbury Intricate Craft Circle politely request women’s Suffrage'. Up The Women also stars The News Quiz host Sandi Toksvig.

Quick Cuts is described as "a fast-paced, quick-cutting sitcom crossed with a sketch show, set in a hairdressing salon".

The owner of the Quick Cuts hair salon is Sue (Doon Mackichan), who turns a blind eye to the various faults, failings and eccentricities of her staff. Together with Sue's relentlessly crooked boyfriend Trevor (Paul Reynolds), they are one big dysfunctional family.