Channel 4 has set the cast for Power Monkeys.
Jack Dee (Josh, SunTrap), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall) and Kevin McNally (24: Live Another Day, The Mill) have signed on to star in the political comedy series which hails from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, TVWise has learned.
Power Monkeys is a six-part comedy that takes a satirical look at the fictional communications and social media ‘experts’ on both sides of the EU referendum. The series also takes a look inside the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s Boeing 747, better known as Trump Force One, as he campaigns for the presidency.
Jack Dee will play Oliver, a volatile ex-hack who is now working for the Tories Unite campaign; Archie Panjabi is Preeya, a careerist Tory who flits between being pro and anti-Brexit, depending on who she wants to impress within the party; while Kevin McNally will play Spencer, a disenchanted former UKIP-er now hopelessly in love with an Eastern European.
Rounding out the cast is Claire Skinner as Sarah, a member of the Unite campaign; Anthony Calf as Tony, veteran ‘survivor’ of Tory party politics; Liz Kingsman as Ruby; Andy Nyman as Gerry, the cross-party Brexit Roadshow’s production manager; Gwyneth Keyworth, as an idealistic left-wing student and staunch Corbynista. Ayda Field, Robert Wilfort, Amelia Bullmore, Ben Willbond and Alec Utgoff also star.
A spiritual successor to last year’s Ballot Monkeys, Power Monkeys was created by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin and is set up at Hat Trick Productions. Debbie Pisani is the producer, while Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville will executive produce. Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, Paul Schlesinger and Neil Pearson will direct. Power Monkeys will premiere on Channel 4 on Wednesday June 8th at 10pm.