Film Club romcom series coming to BBC Three

Thursday 22nd February 2024, 8:06am

Image shows left to right: Aimee Lou Wood, Ralph Davis. Credit: Matt Holyoak, Michael Shelford
  • Friends since drama school, Aimee Lou Wood and Ralph Davis have teamed up to make BBC Three comedy drama series Film Club
  • The six-part series focuses on Tom and Evie who meet up every week to watch a film. They're in love with each other, but not telling each other
  • The BBC describes the series as "a piercingly funny and utterly heart-warming screenwriting debut from two of Britain's most exciting voices"

Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood and SAS Rogue Heroes actor Ralph Davis have teamed up to write and star in Film Club, a romantic comedy drama series for BBC Three.

Described as "a piercingly funny and utterly heart-warming screenwriting debut from two of Britain's most exciting voices", the premise of the six-part series is explained as follows: "Every Thursday. 9pm. Tom and Evie watch a film together in her garage. Evie lovingly decorates the space to match the film of the week - from a yellow brick road for The Wizard of Oz to a space craft for Alien. It's magical. They're there for the love of the movies. Or at least, that's what they tell themselves.

"In reality, Tom is madly in love with Evie. What he doesn't know is that Evie is in love with him too. But when Tom accepts a job at the other end of the country, their happily ever after comes under threat. He's leaving in six weeks. That means Evie has six film clubs left to tell Tom how she feels, or risk losing him forever.

"Evie is going to have to navigate all of this amongst the chaos of her family home - her eccentric and unconventional mother, Suz, and her younger sister Izzy. A trio of women full of love, and dysfunction, in equal measure."

Filming is being overseen by production company Gaumont, with Alison Jackson and Jamie Jackson as the executive producers.

Aimee Lou Wood says: "When Ralph and I met a decade ago we knew pretty much instantly that we wanted to create something together and this feels deeply organic and idiosyncratic and right. Jamie at Gaumont has been the most incredible collaborator and the BBC is the perfect home. Three of the most essential things to me have always been writing stories, watching films and acting so the fact I get to write a story ABOUT watching films AND act in it is beyond joyful."

Ralph Davis adds: "I couldn't be more excited about this. Aimee and I have been speaking about making something together since we met at drama school. To be doing this together is a dream."

Alison Jackson comments: "When we first started talking to Aimee and Ralph about Film Club, we quickly realised this would be a truly special show, full of wit, warmth, escapism and above all - love. We are absolutely delighted to be working on this beautiful, funny drama with the team at BBC."

Film Club is one of 12 commissions announced by Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama. Other shows include Dear England, an adaptation of the comic play about Gareth Southgate; Mint, a comedy drama about a crime family; We Go Again, a show from Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner Janice Okoh; a drama from Richard Gadd called Lions; an adaptation of conspiracy thriller book The Dream Lands by In My Skin writer Kayleigh Llewellyn; and two more series of police drama Blue Lights.

Salt says: "Our hearts melt every time we read a new script for Film Club. It's a pleasure to be working with Aimee, Ralph and the Film Club team to take BBC Three viewers on a tender and funny journey across the silver screen, via Evie's lovingly decorated garage."

As first reported by BCG, Aimee Lou Wood is also due to star in another BBC Three comedy this year. She will appear alongside David Morrissey in Daddy Issues, a six-part series focuses on young woman who has her divorced dad move in with her to help her through a pregnancy.

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