Sarah Alexander (Jonathan Creek, The Jury) has been set as the lead in Marley’s Ghosts, Gold’s upcoming three episode single-camera comedy series from writer Daniel Peacock and Pompidou indie John Stanley Productions.
Marley’s Ghosts is described as a “distinctive and original ensemble” which tells the story of Marley (Sarah Alexander), a woman who has a rare gift that comes with mixed blessings. She can talk to the dead, which sadly now includes both her husband Adam, her lover Michael and her vicar.
Sarah Alexander leads a cast which also includes John Hannah (Spartacus) as Marley’s husband Adam, Jo Joyner (EastEnders) as Marley’s vicar and Nicholas Burns (Benidorm) as Marley’s lover Michael. This marks the second of UKTV’s original comedy series that Sarah Alexander has had a key role in. The actress was previously cast as one of the leads in the Daniel Rigby fronted cop comedy Undercover, which is set to premiere on Dave later this month.
As TVWise previously revealed, veteran comedy director Ben Gosling Fuller is helming Marley’s Ghosts, which is set up at the All3Media owned indie John Stanley Productions. Daniel Peacock created the series and is penning the scripts for the three episode series. Katie Mavroleon is set as the series producer, while Layla Smith is executive producing.
“In Marley’s Ghosts, Danny Peacock has taken a brilliantly simple and relatable conceit – a woman torn between her lover, and the love she leaves behind – and pushed it to a wonderful comedic extreme”, said UKTV’s Simon Lupton. “We really believe over the course of the three episodes the Gold audience will fall in love with these characters, and in Sarah Alexander, Jo Joyner, Nicholas Burns and John Hannah we really couldn’t imagine any one better to bring them to life…even in death.”
Marley’s Ghosts is one of three new comedy series that UKTV’s Gold channel greenlit late last month as part of their aggressive push into scripted comedy, which comes after they tested the waters with their Anthony Head of Eve Myles sitcom You, Me & Them. As part of that push, two more original comedy series are expected to get an official greenlight by the end of the Summer. Production on Marley’s Ghosts is now underway in London for a late 2015 premiere.