Production starts on new Sky comedy drama Mount Pleasant

Wednesday 2nd March 2011 @ 3pm

Mount Pleasant. Image shows from L to R: Dan (Daniel Ryan), Lisa (Sally Lindsay), Sue (Pauline Collins), Barry (Bobby Ball). Image credit: Tiger Aspect Productions.It was announced today that production has begun on Mount Pleasant, a big-budget new comedy drama for Sky.

The eight-part series, commissioned by Sky's Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden, follows the life of a Mancunian called Lisa, and the day-to-day adventures she has with her husband, friends and family.

Mount Pleasant has been created by Sarah Hooper, one of the writers of Channel 4's Shameless. A number of well-known actors have been signed up to appear in the series, with Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street, Phoenix Nights, Scallywagga) taking on the lead role of Lisa.

Other actors appearing include comedy veteran Bobby Ball; Neil Fitzmaurice (Peep Show, Phoenix Nights); Daniel Ryan (Just William); Liza Tarbuck (Linda Green, Extras); Paula Wilcox (Man About The House); Sian Reeves (Lunch Monkeys); and Adrian Bower (Teachers).

The comedy drama follows the life of Lisa, who is described in the production notes as "a real woman in a real marriage living in a real part of Manchester." She has no idea that another woman is making a play for her husband Dan. On a daily basis Lisa also has to fend off her temptress neighbour, and at the same time avoid her own emotions when sexy singleton Jack arrives in town. The series will see Lisa navigating the highs and lows with her best friends and workmates.

Lucy Lumsden says: "I'm delighted with the wealth of talent that surrounds Mount Pleasant both on and off screen. What better way to kick off Sky's plans for original British comedy. Our customers are in for a treat."

The series will be produced by Tiger Aspect, the company behind Grandma's House, Harry & Paul and Ladies Of Letters. Sophie Clarke-Jervoise from Tiger Aspect says: "We're thrilled to be able to bring Sarah Hooper's first comedy drama series to life on Sky 1 HD. She is a truly brilliant writer, with enormous energy, creativity and an unerring ability to constantly surprise her audience."

Producer Siobhan Bachman adds: "When Sarah wrote this show, we dreamed of actors like Pauline Collins and Bobby Ball bringing her characters to life and we're still pinching ourselves now they're on board. It's an incredible cast with Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan providing the show's beating heart with remarkable on-screen chemistry. It's fantastic to see a real, loving marriage and a leading lady who's strong, funny and likeable. That's rare on TV nowadays."

Writer Sarah Hooper tells us: "Mount Pleasant is my first own series and it is a huge milestone in my career. Lucy and Stuart [Murphy, Sky1 channel controller] at Sky have been brilliantly supportive at every stage, and it's a total pleasure working with Siobhan and Sophie at Tiger Aspect. It was imperative for me to write something bright and aspirational instead of something too grim up north, and they have all backed this right from the start, which is fantastic."

Mount Pleasant is set to be filmed on location around Manchester and on the sound stages of the Sharp Project in East Manchester in June 2011. It will be broadcast on Sky 1 HD in the autumn.


Our Guide to 'Mount Pleasant'

 

Latest News

Ricky Gervais to write and direct new Hollywood film

Ricky Gervais to write and direct new Hollywood film

Ricky Gervais will write and direct Special Correspondents, a new movie about a war correspondent 'faking it' from the comfort of New York.

New quiz show pilot for Robert Webb

New quiz show pilot for Robert Webb

Robert Webb will host the pilot episode for a new quiz show, it has been announced.

Liam Mullone to present Radio 4 pilot of disappointment

Liam Mullone to present Radio 4 pilot of disappointment

Radio 4 is to pilot a new comedy "tackling the universal theme that sums up all human endeavour... disappointment", hosted by Liam Mullone.

Tom Rosenthal to host new social-media comedy pilot

Tom Rosenthal to host new social-media comedy pilot

Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal is to host a comedy pilot focusing on social media and our online behaviour.

Jason Manford to star in The Producers tour

Jason Manford to star in The Producers tour

Jason Manford is to star as Leo Bloom in the new UK tour of the hit Broadway musical The Producers.

Miranda Hart confirms an end to her hit sitcom

Miranda Hart confirms an end to her hit sitcom

Miranda Hart has confirmed that the upcoming two Christmas specials of her hit sitcom, Miranda, will be the show's finale.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.