EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central and Big Talk Productions have locked down the main cast for their upcoming comedy series Mummy’s Boys. Sources tell me that Sarah Hadland (The Job Lot), Ben Ashenden (Tom And Jenny), Gemma Chan (Bedlam), Ellie Taylor (Family Tree) and Scott Folan (Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!) have joined the cast of the comedy series. They join previously announced main cast member Johnny Flynn.
Created by Patrick Carr and Paul McKenna, Mummy’s Boys follows 20-somethings Dan (Ben Ashenden) and Toby (Johnny Flynn) who become surrogate parents for their little brother Jamie (Scott Folan) when their mother suddenly passes away. Dan is an uptight ball of neuroticism whilst Toby is as laid back as you can be. Their polar opposite “parenting” styles are brought into sharp focus when handling a younger sibling who hasn’t said a word since their mum died. Will the boys prove to meddling Auntie Debbie (Sarah Hadland) they can look after Jamie? Will Dan figure out where he stands with hottie Poppy (Ellie Taylor) from work? Will Toby get through the day without burning down the flat? One thing’s for sure: the boys will have to rely on each other since, well, that’s all they’ve got. The comedy is being produced by Big Talk Productions with Kenton Allen, Caroline Leddy and Jill Offman serving as executive producers. Martin Dennis is attached to direct.
Mummy’s Boys was initially announced by Big Talk Productions back in mid June, though at the time the indie did not reveal which broadcaster the pilot was being produced for. It was a number of days later when Comedy Central announced they had appointed former NBC exec Lourdes Diaz to oversee development and production of original series that they also revealed that they were the broadcaster behind the project and that it had been picked up for an 8 episode first season. This is the latest push into home-grown scripted comedy for Comedy Central UK. The channel had previously teamed with Big Talk to produce comedy series Threesome, which has aired two seasons on the channel.