The Gemma Factor. Gemma (Anna Gilthorpe). Copyright: Freeform Productions
The Gemma Factor

The Gemma Factor

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three
  • 2010
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom following the story of ambitious Gemma Collinge as she attempts to find fame before she reaches 21. Stars Anna Gilthorpe, Ross Adams, Emma Kearney, Angus Barnett, Gwyneth Powell and more.

The Gemma Factor. Image shows from L to R: Gemma (Anna Gilthorpe), Jeff (Ross Adams). Copyright: Freeform Productions

Key details

BBC Three
6 (1 series)
Anna Gilthorpe, Ross Adams, Emma Kearney, Angus Barnett, Gwyneth Powell, Hannah Kew, Claire King, Tony Pitts and more
Tony Pitts
John Henderson
Joanna Blake, Rebecca Papworth, Cheryl Taylor, Juliet Charlesworth and Ann Lavelle

Gemma Collinge has only one ambition - to be famous by the time she's 21 and the clock is ticking!

Living in the tiny backwater Yorkshire village of Lumb Dean, Gemma dreams of escaping to London for the bright lights and all its trappings - soon.

Supporting her in her dream is camp friend Jeff and her more grounded workmate, Nell. But Gemma lives with her no-nonsense Nan, who has absolutely no understanding of her all-consuming aspiration.

Gemma is sweet, desperately naive and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. She soon crosses paths with Kenny Grantham, an agent who has a criminal record for allegedly selling a panto dancer into the white slave trade. He manages to get her a string of gigs that barely touch the periphery of the entertainment business. However, Gemma remains undeterred, relentlessly optimistic and wholly endearing.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 9th March 2010 at 10:30pm on BBC Three
Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 17th April 2010 at 1:20am on BBC3 - Episode 6
  • Saturday 10th April 2010 at 1:20am on BBC3 - Episode 5
  • Saturday 3rd April 2010 at 3:05am on BBC3 - Episode 4

Recording details

  • West Yorkshire

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