ITV has commissioned a brand new studio sitcom.
Kate (Blethyn) is a working class woman runs an old-fashioned café in a neglected seaside town, and develops a "strong, if sometimes volatile", friendship with an asylum-seeking African doctor (Akingbola).
Made by Hat Trick, the 6-part series will be filmed and broadcast next year. In accordance with ITV's Comedy 50:50 policy to support female talent, Hamilton and Jenkin will be joined by a trainee writer
Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director at Hat Trick Productions, says: "ITV is the perfect home for Kate And Kolo, written by two of the country's top writers and with two great actors like Brenda and Jimmy. It's a wonderfully funny and sometimes touching comedy about real people coping with life at the sharp end."
Saskia Schuster, ITV's Comedy Controller, adds: "Kate And Kolo will be a new sitcom for ITV filmed in front of a live studio audience to air 2020 on the channel. Brenda and Jimmy head up a fantastic cast and we have 6 brilliantly written scripts."
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