The first look picture and further casting has been released for new Fudge Park BBC3 drama Daddy Issues.

Daddy Issues is a new comedy for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Fudge Park, the team behind The Inbetweeners and White Gold, about “two funny, deeply flawed characters who just happen to be father and daughter.”

Joining the previously announced Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey are David Fynn (Am I Being Unreasonable?), Sharon Rooney (Barbie), Sarah Hadland (Miranda), Taj Atwal (Hullraisers), Arian Nik (Count Abdulla), Tom Stourton (Stath Lets Flats), Susan Lynch (Sex Education), Susannah Fielding (This Time with Alan Partridge), Lauren O’Rourke (Henpocalypse), Cyril Nri (Death in Paradise), Cora Kirk (Grantchester), Perry Fitzgerald (Line of Duty), Claire Keelan (The Trip), Damien Molony (Brassic), Sherrie Hewson (Benidorm), Humphrey Ker (Welcome to Wrexham) and David Reed (Ghosts).

When hedonistic 24 year old Gemma discovers she’s pregnant after a random hook-up, she has no choice but to turn to her hapless father Malcolm for support. Recently divorced from Gemma’s mother (who made off with their joint savings to ‘Eat Pray Love’ her way around the world), Malcolm is unable to load a washing machine, boil an egg or microwave rice without it exploding. Up until now, he’s been living in squalor with fellow divorcee Derek but when Gemma’s own flatmate decides to move out, the combination of financial desperation and a desire to not be totally alone makes her resort to the unthinkable: she asks her dad to move in with her. Because what’s the worst that could happen…?

Fremantle is handling global sales and will be showcasing the series to international buyers as part of Fremantle Presents on Friday 1st March.

Rebecca Dundon, SVP Scripted Content at Fremantle said: “Daddy Issues is a fantastic example of when comedy and drama meet to create something that feels truly original and laugh-out-loud funny whilst also facing some of life’s more challenging and personal moments head on. Aimee Lou and David are a formidable and magical partnership, their chemistry is infectious, and we’re thrilled to be teamed up with Fudge Park and the BBC to take this impeccable comedy out to the international market.”

Fudge Park’s Creative Director Phil Gilbert & Managing Director Jonathan Blyth said: “Not only do we have superstars Aimee & David on board, but Daddy Issues is blessed with some of the finest comedic actors out there. Danielle’s relentlessly funny dialogue, alongside Aimee & David’s winning chemistry, adds up to something very special indeed.”

Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says: “In Daddy Issues, Danielle has created a genuinely laugh out loud sitcom. We’re delighted to be working with her, and the Fudge Park team, on the show. Having Aimee and David cast as the co-leads was the cherry on the cake.”

Daddy Issues (6 x 30) is a Fudge Park production for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, created and written by Danielle Ward (Brassic). It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC and Fiona Campbell, Controller, Youth Audience, BBC iPlayer and BBC Three. The Directors are Catherine Morshead (The Full Monty) and Damon Beesley (White GoldThe Inbetweeners). The Producer is Lynn Roberts (Man Like Mobeen) and the Executive Producers are Phil Gilbert (White Gold) for Fudge Park Productions, alongside Aimee Lou Wood, David Morrissey, Danielle Ward and Damon Beesley. The commissioner for the BBC is Seb Barwell. Fremantle is handling global sales.

Further information including TX details for Daddy Issues will be announced in due course.

Jon Creamer

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