Actors from Gavin & Stacey and The Windsors are set to star in new UKTV comedy series Newark, Newark
Actors from Gavin & Stacey and The Windsors are set to star in a new comedy series called Newark, Newark.
Lowdham's Mathew Horne, Gavin from Gavin & Stacey, and Morgana Robinson, Pippa Middleton in The Windsors, will lead in the new Gold TV show based in the town of Newark.
Newark, Newark follows pugnacious chip shop manager and exhausted matriarch Maxine as she tries to ride out her divorce, despite dullard ex-husband Terry trying to win her back.
It also stars EastEnders' Nina Wadia as Heather and Jai Hollis (Green Fingers) as Maxine’s son Leslie, who dramatically comes out as gay to the surprise of no one.
The comedy has been written by Newark's Nathan Foad, who also has a supporting role.
He said: "Making Newark, Newark is my wildest dream come true.
"If I could go back in time and tell my teenage self anything, I'd look him straight in his chubby little face and I'd say 'growing up different in this town might not be easy, but one day they're gonna let you make a TV show about it. Also, learn to breathe through your nose'.
"I'd like to thank (programme-makers) Balloon Entertainment, UKTV and our phenomenal cast and crew — I think we might be making something a bit special."
The broadcaster said the show captures the goofy, sticky oddness of long English summers and the joyous, comforting and somewhat ridiculous things that go on in a small town.
Three 40-minute episodes are due to air early next year and also star Saskia Chana (The Forgotten C), Jessie Mae Alonzo (Little Joe) and Vahid Gold (Emerald City).
UKTV’s commissioning editor for comedy Sarah Asante said: "Nathan has written three incredibly funny scripts and the fact that it's a semi-autobiographical story adds a wonderful warmth, authenticity and distinctive voice to this family sitcom."
Newark, Newark follows other Gold comedy commissions, including Sandylands, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Tracy-Ann Oberman, and The Cockfields, written by Joe Wilkinson and David Earl.
The special one-off festive episode of The Cockfields airs next month.