As it ramps up its primetime comedy offering, ITV1 has greenlit two six-part comedy series - The Job Lot, a sitcom from Big Talk Productions and Great Night Out (w/t) from Hat Trick.
The Job Lot, starring Russell Tovey (Him & Her) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda), is set in a West Midlands Job Centre. It is written by the writing team of Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane. Commissioning editors for ITV1 are Elaine Bedell and Myfanwy Moore and the executive producers are Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice.
The series was commissioned following a successful pilot produced by Hannah Pescod (Rev), and directed by Richard Laxton (Him&Her).
The new series, which will air in primetime on ITV1 in 2013, has a supporting cast which includes Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) Tony Maudsley (Benidorm) Martin Marquez (Hotel Babylon), Angela Curran (This Is Jinsy), Jo Enright (Life’s Too Short) and Navin Chowdhry (Teachers).
Kenton Allen said “the moment I read the script I immediately thought The Job Lot was a comedy idea that captured the spirit of these times and could be the answer to ITV’s ambitions to reignite primetime comedy on ITV1. We are all delighted with the pilot and can’t wait for audiences to get to know the brilliant characters that lurk within Brownall Job Centre."
At the same time, filming has begun in London and Stockport on Great Night Out (w/t), a six-part minute post-watershed comedy drama series for ITV1, commissioned from Hat Trick by director of Comedy and Entertainment Elaine Bedell.
Each week the series follows four mid-thirties mates as they enjoy a weekly boys' get-together in Stockport, helping each other through romantic, work and family crises and creating bigger problems to solve.
The series was written and created by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni (The Worst Week Of My Life) with Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful People, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) and Steve Turner (Jeopardy, Tracy Beaker Returns).
Great Night Out (w/t) stars Will Ash (Waterloo Road, Lapland, Conviction), Stephen Walters (Mean Machine, 51st State, Buried), Craig Parkinson (Misfits, Brighton Rock, Whitechapel), Lee Boardman (Rome, Death In Paradise, London Boulevard, Longford), Naomi Bentley (White Van Man, Love Life, Mutual Friends, Vera), Rebekah Staton (Spy, Pulling, Inside Men, Wallander), Christine Bottomley (Early Doors, Heartland), Susie Blake (Mrs Brown's Boys, Wild at Heart, Coronation Street) and Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family, Cracker, Brookside).
The producers are Pat Lees (Outnumbered, Case Sensitive) and Angela Sinden. The directors are Elliot Hegarty (Roman's Empire, Star Stories, Kevin Bishop Show, Moving Wallpaper) and Iain B MacDonald (White Van Man, Mansfield Park, The Last Enemy, Bodies). The executive producers are Mark Bussell, Justin Sbresni, Jimmy Mulville and Paul Schlesinger for Hat Trick Productions.
Jimmy Mulville says: “I hope we do justice to the brilliant scripts and wonderful cast. This is a laugh out loud comedy about friendship, love and Stockport!”
Filming continues until the middle of June.