Channel 4 has commissioned Hullraisers, an UK adaptation of hit Israeli comedy Little Mom, with the action transplanted to the city of Hull.

Hull’s Lucy Beaumont (Meet the Richardsons, To Hull and Back, Live at the Electric) has co-written Hullraisers (6 x 30’) with Anne-Marie O’Connor (Trollied, Mum, Waterloo Road). It is produced by Fable Pictures (Rocks, Wild Rose, Anne Boleyn).

The series centres on three women; Toni, played by Hull-native Leah Brotherhead (Bridgerton, White Gold), Rana, played by Taj Atwal (Line of Duty, Truth Seekers) and Paula, played by Sinead Matthews (The Power, Chewing Gum) and looks at their dishevelled, messy and joyful lives. The series explores the hilarious and agonising reality of what it is to be a working-class woman juggling work, kids, demanding friends, family and frustrating parents from the school playground – all whilst trying to have some fun too.

Little Mom has been recommissioned for its 5th series in Israel, and has already been adapted for French and Polish television. Little Mom won Best Comedy at the 2014 Rose D’or Awards.

The show is distributed worldwide by Dori Media, which closed the sales deal, and was created and produced by Yoav Gross Productions and creators Lital Schwartz, Shai Ben Atar, Liat Shavit and Yoav Gross, with co-creators: Gil Riva and Roei Florentin and scripts by Liat Shavit and Shai Ben Atar for Channel 13 Israel (CCO Ami Glam).

Hannah Farrell/Faye Ward from Fable Pictures said: “We’re so excited to be making this with Lucy and Anne-Marie. Their scripts capture a version of family life we just don’t see enough on TV – Hullraisers puts the focus on working class women, their friendships and the lengths they go to keep the show on the road! And with Lucy being Hull through-and-through, we hope Hullraisers will be a fitting tribute to the city, its people, and their incredible sense of humour. We feel especially lucky to be working with Leah, Sinead and Taj – three comedic powerhouses! – and to have the brilliant Ian Fitzgibbon bringing these scripts to life.”

Hullraisers has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Comedy, Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor, Jack Bayles.

The series is co-written by Lucy Beaumont and Anne-Marie O’Connor. Fable Pictures will produce the series with Faye Ward (Rocks, Wild Rose, Anne Boleyn) and Hannah Farrell (Toast, Case Histories, The Woman in White) serving as Executive Producers.

The series is produced by Lisa Mitchell (Horrible Histories, The Mimic), Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon (Damned, Raised by Wolves) and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

The series is set to commence filming in Hull and Leeds this summer.



Jon Creamer

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