Gates. Image shows from L to R: Helen (Joanna Page), Mark (Tom Ellis). Image credit: Feelgood Fiction.

Gates

Sky sitcom about parental rivalries on the school run. Sue Johnston, Joanna Page and tom Ellis star

AKA:
The Gates
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2012  (Sky Living)
Episodes:
5 (1 series)
Starring:
Joanna Page, Tom Ellis, Catherine Shepherd, Sue Johnston, Tony Gardner, Nick Mohammed, Toby Wharton, Nadine Marshall, Ella Kenion, William Andrews, Mari Ann Bull
Writers:
Andrew Collins, Richard Preddy, Dan Sefton, Abigail Wilson, Laurence Bowen
Production:
Feelgood Fiction

Gates is an ensemble comedy headed by Sue Johnston (The Royle Family), Tom Ellis (Miranda) and Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey) set in the all too familiar chaos of the school gates.

Mark and Helen are parents who've recently moved to the South East where their nine-year-old daughter is starting at a new primary school. And they're about to discover what happens when your children choose your friends.

Sky says: "Essentially a character comedy, but with a nod to those sketch-like moments of madness which can only ever happen in the playground, Gates casts an eye on how relationships with parents formed during fifteen minutes of a school drop off and pick up can so easily take over your life.  The school gates can be an unforgiving, socially exposed political minefield."