Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey film Daddy Issues

Monday 11th December 2023, 10:29am

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

Filming is underway on Daddy Issues, a six-part BBC Three comedy series starring Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey.

The project was first revealed by BCG in November, and now further details have been revealed.

The synopsis is as follows: "The show follows Gemma (Aimee Lou Wood), who lives for the weekend when she can get blasted and party hard in Stockport, Manchester. But after joining the mile high club with a random hook-up on her way back from a holiday to Portugal, she's pregnant, and it couldn't come at a worst time.

"The only person Gemma has left in her life is her dad Malcolm (David Morrissey), who is kind hearted but useless - he can't load a washing machine, boil an egg or change the Wi-Fi password. Malcolm is suffering from the collapse of his family and living in a bedsit for divorced men.

"Which is how Gemma and her dad end up living in Gemma's flat. She needs support at a critical time in a woman's life, he needs help microwaving rice without it exploding.

"At its heart Daddy Issues is a classic odd couple comedy about two funny, deeply flawed characters, who just happen to be father and daughter. Along the way there will be dating disasters and failed romances, toxic friendships and messy family dynamics, plus a dangerously sociopathic antenatal teacher."

Writer Danielle Ward says: "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 comments: "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 adds: "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."

The show is produced by Fudge Park, the company run by the team behind White Gold and The Inbetweeners.

Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, notes: "In Daddy Issues, Danielle has created a genuinely laugh out loud sitcom. We're delighted to be working with her, and the Fudge Park team, on the show. Having Aimee and David cast as the co-leads was the cherry on the cake."

Full casting and scheduling will be announced in due course.

26th February update

Casting details confirmed

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