BBC One is getting back into business with Kay Mellor, the creator of the channel’s drama series The Syndicate which is currently being adapted for ABC in the United States under the title Lucky 7. Danny Cohen (in his former capacity as Controller of BBC One) and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson have given the green-light to a new six episode drama series titled In The Club about pregnancy, imminent birth, love and the change that new baby brings to a relationship.
Created by Mellor, In The Club follows six very different couples, who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies. Each has their own unique issues to deal with, be it swollen feet, chronic wind or Braxton Hicks alongside debt, divorce and even death. The series will feature a range of characters including a same sex couple, a couple expecting their “miracle” child and a pregnant teenager. In The Club is being produced by Rollem Productions with Kay Mellor and Polly Hill serving as the executive producers. Production on the drama series is set to commence later this year in the North of England, with BBC One eyeing a 2014 premiere.
“Having given birth as a teenager I know how life changing it is. Birth is the ultimate creation; it changes you and your relationships forever. I’m still close friends with the people I met at my antenatal class. It’s a special time in your life, a time when you need people that understand what you’re going through and a close bond can be formed that can result in a lifelong friendship”, said creator and writer Kay Mellor. “I’m delighted to be writing for BBC One again. Both Ben Stephenson and Polly Hill instinctively understand my work. They encourage and trust me to deliver; as a dramatist you couldn’t ask for anything more and for that I’m eternally grateful.”
While Polly Hill, the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama, added: “I am thrilled to be bringing Kay’s new drama series to BBC One. Like The Syndicate, Kay captures the extraordinary drama that can happen in ordinary life, and she has you laugh and cry with them along the way. I’m sure In the Club will be a real treat for our BBC One audience, when it airs next year.”