Writer Nathan Foad's sitcom Newark, Newark set to explode on to television screens in March
Gold TV's newest sitcom, Newark, Newark, will hit the small screen in March, it has been revealed.
The network made the announcement on its twitter today (Friday) in a post shared on Instagram by the writer of the series, Nathan Foad, whose early life in Newark it is based upon.
Nathan wrote: "Newark, Newark is coming to your screens in March.
"Directed by genius Amanda Blue, produced by Kenny Tanner and written by famously handsome me."
His Instagram was liked by hundreds of people, including one of its stars Beverley Callard, Liz MacDonald of Coronation Street fame.
It is a gritty working class comedy and in an exclusive interview when filming was in the can, Nathan said there was plenty to recognise about the place where he grew up, whether it's visually or in his interpretation of Newark life.
This is certainly true of even the promo shot for the series which is taken in Newark Market Place where Newark Royal Market can be seen on a stall.
The market place was one of a number of locations used for the filming of Newark, Newark, and it features in a prominent fight scene.
The exact date in March and the time of airing are yet to be revealed.
Nathan said of the semi-autobiographical piece: “I have a funny, complicated, relationship with the town. I possibly wasn’t a typical Newark lad — loud, creative and annoying.
“But I loved growing up in Newark. As I have grown older I appreciate the town more.
“It is easy to forget that you grew up somewhere. That’s why I have always been inspired to return to do this. It’s a dream come true. It’s something I’ve always been inspired to do — I always knew that I’d come home.”
Jai Hollis plays Leslie, a younger version of Nathan, who himself has a cameo, in a series starring Gavin & Stacey’s Mathew Horne, from Lowdham, a role that Nathan said he fully embraced, was brilliant, and at his funniest.
Newark, Newark follows quarrelsome chip shop manager and exhausted matriarch Maxine, Morgana Robinson, who played Pippa Middleton in The Windsors, as she tries to ride out her divorce, despite dullard ex-husband Terry trying to win her back.
It also features EastEnders’ Nina Wadia and Jai, from Green Fingers.
The description for episode one of three says: "Set in Newark, the small working-class market town in the East Midlands, Newark, Newark follows pugnacious chip shop manager and exhausted matriarch, Maxine, as she tries to ride out her divorce and find someone who actually lights her fire.
"However, it's easier said than done with her big-mouthed, soft-bellied, son, Leslie, dramatically coming out as gay to the surprise of no one and her dullard ex-husband, Terry, trying ever more desperately to win her back."
Nathan, 28, was educated at Bowbridge primary, Magnus and then Tuxford schools.
In his exclusive interview he said: “I grew up in Newark and my family are still here.
“There’s a big element of people trying to recognise characters based on them when you are filming in your home town.
“It’s largely based around the relationship that I have with my mum and both my parents are so happy that’s it’s being made and very excited. Plus, my mum loves Beverley Callard.”
Nathan admitted it was rare for a place to be so relevant to the plot that the production took its name, adding that Newark had a story to tell and viewers locally would recognise not just many of its iconic settings, such as the market place, but its characteristics, language and demeanour too.
He said if Newark, Newark put the town on the map, it wasn’t his original ambition, but he would be happy with that.
“Newark is ripe with potential. It’s one of those places that previously a great deal of people won’t have known about, but now they will,” he said.
“Hopefully, I have painted as true a picture as possible. I’ve used local people as extras wherever possible, even my auntie was an extra.
“It has been a fun show to make and hopefully people will enjoy watching it."