UKTV is continuing its push into original programming. The network’s Gold channel has ordered its first original sitcom from veteran comedy producers Hat Trick Productions. The comedy series, titled Us and Them, has been given a six episode order and follows on from the channel commissioning a re-make of the political comedy series Yes, Prime Minister.
Created by Steve Turner, Us and Them tells the story of Lauren and Ed who are madly in love, despite their 20 plus-year age gap. The only problem is that Lauren’s family and everyone around them seems to have an opinion on the subject. Ed’s ex-wife Lydia rents the house opposite the couple, Lauren’s family are constantly meddling and Ed’s friends think she’s a trophy girlfriend. You can choose your partner but you can’t choose your family. Casting on the series is currently underway. Us and Them was commissioned by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Jane Rogerson, Commissioning Editor Sarah Fraser, and Gold’s General Manager Steve North. The Executive Producer is Helen Williams and the Producer is Angela Sinden.
Speaking of the comedy series, Steve North, General Manager of Gold, said: “US and Them is funny, engaging and a perfect fit for Gold’s audience. We are in talks with a number of high profile actors to play the lead roles and look forward to welcoming a stellar cast to the channel. UKTV’s investment in Gold is really starting to pay off and we are confident that this new series will appeal to our viewers.”
UKTV’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy, Sarah Fraser, commented: “We are delighted to be working with some of the best on and off screen British comedy talent out there and are really looking forward to seeing these twisted family tales come to life.”
While Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Hat Trick Productions, said: “It’s great that UKTV are now venturing into commissioning original comedy and even better that they have chosen Hat Trick’s Us and Them, written by the brilliant Steve Turner, as the first series created specifically for Gold. We’re thrilled and honoured and hope this is the start of great things to come.”