Alan Carr sitcom Changing Ends begins filming

Friday 27th January 2023, 11:25am

Changing Ends. Image shows left to right: Young Alan Carr (Oliver Savell), Present Day Alan (Alan Carr)

Filming has now commenced on Changing Ends, the new six-part sitcom based on Alan Carr's childhood in Northampton.

Written by Carr and Two Doors Down's Simon Carlyle, the comedy is set in the 1980s and follows young Alan as he grows up as the son of a fourth division football manager.

The stand-up stars in the series as himself in present day, whilst taking on the role of young Alan is Belfast actor Oliver Savell.

It's also confirmed today that Shaun Dooley and Nancy Sullivan have been cast as Alan's parents Graham and Christine, and Taylor Fay will play his younger brother Gary.

Playing Alan's neighbours Angela, Nigel and Charlie are Gabby Best, Harry Peacock and Rourke Mooney.

Meanwhile guest stars across the series will include David Mumeni as Mr Chapman and Michael Socha as Adam.

Producers Baby Cow Productions say: "The comedy series will be more than just a trip down memory lane, it's a love letter to a time and a town where things weren't always so inclusive. Told with warmth and wit, it follows Alan's journey through puberty, adolescence, and finally self-discovery, all against the backdrop of Thatcher's Britain.

"As showcased in many of Alan's stand-up shows, his experience as a gay teenager in the East Midlands is a veritable treasure trove with a rich comedic seam, whether it's his sexual awakenings, his daily battle with bullies or navigating the highs and lows of Fourth division football. It's about school and family, Kevin Keegan and George Michael, and figuring out who you are when your family are Match Of The Day and you're a bit Miss Marple."

The series will premiere later this year - first on ITVX, the new free streaming site from ITV.

Changing Ends. Image shows left to right: Alan (Oliver Savell), Present Day Alan (Alan Carr)

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