Sky has confirmed the commission of new comedy, Brassic co created by Joe Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst and written by Brocklehurst.

Gilgun (This is England), stars alongside Michelle Keegan (Our Girl) and Damien Molony (Ripper Street), Ruth Sheen and Tim Key.

Calamity Films is producing the show about a group of working-class friends “finding unconventional ways to win at life in northern suburbia” will start in September for Sky and NOW TV.

Joe Gilgun, co-creator, said: “I’m truly humbled by the opportunity. We’ve got an amazing team of creators and watching it all take form has been very moving. Bipolar is a big part of my life. We want to show that you can have mental health issues and in some cases live a productive, exciting life, full of adventure. Our writer Danny Brocklehurst and my friend David Quayle have been invaluable in taking this journey with me. Embrace who you are, decide what to be and go be it.”

Danny Brocklehurst, co-creator & writer, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be making Brassic with Sky One. This is a passion project for Joe and myself and we have collaborated every step of the way to create an outrageous, funny, stylistically bold show that brings to life a rarely seen northern working-class world. This is a big-hearted show about life at the sharp end of modern Britain.”

Jon Mountague, head of comedy for Sky, said: “I love the authenticity, hilarity and undeniable heart of Joe Gilgun’s world and Danny has executed his incredible stories brilliantly. Brassic is really different – sometimes raw, often remarkable, and always human. Fantastic scripts complemented by an amazing cast. We can’t wait to share the show with Sky customers.”

David Livingstone, executive producer for Calamity Films, said: “When Joe first told me these stories I was struck by their humour and humanity. But Danny’s writing has turned them into something stunning and beautiful. It was like reading a great book with amazing characters for the first time. Something you knew you wanted to be part of. We are so grateful to Sky for giving us the opportunity to bring these stories to the screen.”

Brassic, a Sky original production, is produced by Calamity Films. It is executive produced by David Livingstone for Calamity Films and Jon Mountague for Sky. Joe Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst are also executive producers with Juliet Charlesworth as series producer. Daniel O’Hara (Block 1) and Jon Wright (Block 2) are directing.

Brassic will be distributed internationally by ITV Global and will air on Sky and streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland in 2019.

Staff Reporter

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