Daddy Issues cast confirmed

Monday 26th February 2024, 11:15am

Daddy Issues. Image shows left to right: Malcolm (David Morrissey), Gemma (Aimee Lou Wood). Credit: BBC, James Stack

The cast joining Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey in new BBC Three comedy series Daddy Issues have been revealed.

The project, which was first revealed by BCG in November, focuses on "two funny, deeply flawed characters who just happen to be father and daughter".

Signed up to appear alongside the two leads are: David Fynn (Am I Being Unreasonable?), Sharon Rooney (Jerk), 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 (Holier Than Thou), Cora Kirk (Your Christmas Or Mine?), Perry Fitzpatrick (Hullraisers), Claire Keelan (The Trip), Damien Molony (Brassic), Sherrie Hewson (Benidorm), Humphrey Ker (The Penny Dreadfuls) and David Reed (The Penny Dreadfuls).

The plot for the series is described as follows: "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...?

"From dating disasters and failed romances through to toxic friendships and messy family dynamics, plus a dangerously sociopathic antenatal teacher, Daddy Issues is an affectionate heart-warming story between father and daughter and the reality of facing up to parenthood - at any stage of life."

Filming on the six-part series - which was created and written by Danielle Ward, and is directed Catherine Morshead and Damon Beesley - is underway.

Speaking previously, Danielle Ward said: "I cannot wait for the world to meet Gemma and Malcolm, and I'm so grateful to the BBC for finally giving me my own series, 20 years after I lost the BBC New Comedy Awards. Aimee and David were my dream casting from the get-go and who ever gets their dream cast? It's a total thrill to be working with such naturally funny and wildly talented actors."

Aimee Lou Wood commented: "It had been a very long time since a script had made me laugh out loud. Danielle's did exactly that. Then when I heard David was involved, I was even more excited. He's someone I have admired throughout my life. Watching shows like Blackpool and Red Riding when I was younger fuelled my interest in acting and so it feels surreal and amazing to be working with someone I class as a legend and inspiration."

David Morrissey added: "I'm delighted to be working with Aimee Lou Wood as she's someone I've admired for a while now. She's a truly unique and gifted talent. Danielle has crafted such a funny and heartfelt piece and I'm so excited to be part of it."

Broadcast details for the series will be announced at a later date.

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