Robert Lindsay (My Family) and Maureen Lipman (Coronation Street) have been cast as the leads in Bull, Gold’s three-part studio comedy from first time sitcom writers Gareth Gwynn & John-Luke Roberts and indie John Stanley Productions. Production on the series is now underway for a late 2015 premiere.
Described as “a studio comedy with a unique and quirky sense of humour”, Bull follows the eponymous Rupert Bull, a man who attempts to run his antiques shop aided and hampered in equal measure by his team of dysfunctional staff, Beverley, Faye and Toby. Gareth Gwynn & John-Luke Roberts penned the scripts for the series, which is being directed by Simon Gibney . Jack Cheshire is the series producer. The Executive Producer is Paul Jackson.
Robert Linday will play series lead character Rupert Bull; while Maureen Lipman has been cast as Beverley, one of Bull’s employees. The duo lead a cast that also includes Claudia Jessie (Doctors), Naz Osmanoglu (Flat TV), Toby Williams (Paddington) and Kevin Eldon (Death Comes to Pemberley). Matt Lucas (Little Britain) is also set to appear in a guest starring role.
“What could possibly go wrong in a quintessentially English antiques shop managed by an energetic eccentric and staffed by a bizarre bunch of characters? The answer is quite a lot – and that is the premise for this fast-paced, contemporary sitcom, written with verve by a new writing partnership”, said UKTV’s Simon Lupton.
“Robert Lindsay is one of our most versatile and funny actors, perfect to lead this cast as the loveable but completely hopeless Bull”, he added. “We think the Gold audience will fall in love with all these charming, disparate characters, who really are the proverbial bulls in a china shop.”
Bull is one of a number of series that UKTV recently ordered for Gold as part of their push into scripted comedy. Other such projects on tap include supernatural effort Marley’s Ghosts starring Sarah Alexander, which began filming last month; and royal comedy Henry IX, also from John Stanley Productions. A further two scripted comedy commissions are expected to be announced in the coming months.