E4 is moving forward with their hour-long comedy drama project from Doctor Who scribe Jamie Mathieson.
The Channel 4 owned youth-skewing channel has handed out a four episode series order to Tripped, after initially piloting the project in early 2014 under the title Alt.
Tripped tells the story Danny, an average 24-year-old who has been friends with stoner Milo since they were kids. But then Danny decides it’s time to grow up, settle down and marry long-term girlfriend Kate, whereas Milo continues to focus on getting high. One night after Milo has taken a strong batch of hallucinogens, Danny appears carrying a sword claiming to be from another dimension.
The duo suddenly themselves transported to a parallel universe where they encounter different versions of themselves, the pair soon realise dangerous assassins seem intent on hunting them down and killing them. With Danny desperate to get back to his own Kate before it’s too late and he loses her forever, they embark on a series of darkly comic and dangerous adventures in an effort to get back home.
After initially being piloted in 2014, the project was re-developed with The Missing’s Jack and Harry Williams boarding as writers/co-creators. As part of that re-development, the project was entirely re-cast with Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones), Craig Roberts (Submarine), Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Arsher Ali (Four Lions) exiting the roles they played in the Alt pilot.
Instead, the cast is now being led by Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) and also includes newcomer George Webster, Georgina Campbell (The Ark) and Richard Gadd. Blake Harrison plays Danny, George Webster takes on the role of Danny’s stoner best friend Milo, Georgina Campbell has been cast as Danny’s long-time girlfriend Kate, while Richard Gadd will portray an assassin who attempts to kill Danny and Milo.
Endeavour indie Mammoth Screen and Jack and Harry Williams’ Two Brother Pictures are producing Tripped, which was commissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger and Deputy Head of Drama Beth Willis. James Dean is the series producer, while Jamie Stone is attached to direct. The executive producers are Jack Williams, Harry Williams, Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer.