School-based sitcom starring Brian Capron, Pat Sharp, Charlotte Dawson and others
Staff Room tells the story of Ian Butterworth, a thirty year old failed filmmaker who has given up on his Hollywood dream to become a secondary school teacher. Its Ian's first day and things aren't going to plan. He's interrupted a sponsored silence, embarrassed himself in front of the girl he likes, been ridiculed by the Principal in an assembly and now has a psychotic bully on his tail. It's just like being a pupil all over again. Yet despite his difficult start, Ian begins to learn a new lesson, one he didn't expect, that perhaps starting over isn't as bad as he initially feared, as friendships and even romance blossoms inside the staff room.
Co-creator Ryan McDermott stars as hapless media teacher Ian Butterworth. Zoe Lister (Hollyoaks) plays love interest Lucy Lucas, a character who was once a bestselling novelist but is now suffering from writers' block and taking refuge at the school teaching English. The pair share an instant attraction but Ian is soon put in his place by Lucy's overzealous boyfriend 'Coach' (Johnny Escobar, Hollyoaks), the masculine American sports teacher with an unhealthy obsession for Justin Bieber records.
Brian Capron (Coronation Street) makes a special guest appearance as Principal Peter Kipling, a well mannered charity fundraiser who is constantly pushing himself and his staff to partake in outrageous activities for good causes but when Butterworth botches the sponsored silence a more sinister side to Kipling emerges as he calls in local bully 'Psycho' (Ciaran Griffiths from Shameless) to exact revenge.
Pat Sharp (Fun House) makes a cameo appearance as himself in the school's production of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe which is being directed by the flamboyant drama teacher Julian Wentworth-Farlington (Adam Brown).
Charlotte Dawson makes her sitcom debut as temptress Katie Nolan, the Home Economics teacher who can't cook yet has an interest in corrupting new recruit Butterworth with her wild ways. Also on the cast list is Mary Joanna Coogan (Fresh Meat), who portrays the school's mischievous secretary, Janine - a woman who is having the time of her life altering Butterworth's name to spell obscene words on his pigeon hole.
Written by Ryan McDermott and Adam Brown. Directed by Ryan McDermott. Produced by Salford based Production Company Gone Shootin' Films. The pilot was shot on location at the Oasis Academy, Media City UK and part financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
This was commissioned as an online sitcom by Wildseed Studios.