Jason Manford (Ordinary Lies, Benidorm) and Catherine Tyldesley (Coronation Street, Trollied) have been set as the leads in Scarborough, BBC One’s six episode comedy series from Benidorm creator Derren Litten.
Scarborough follows Mike (Manford) and Karen (Tyldesley), nearly-40-somethings that are giving their relationship another go, five years after they split. The pair were always meant to be together, but Mike’s ambition to become a professional entertainer meant that he was never at home.
Now in his late 30’s, Mike has realised what’s actually important to him – he’s given up life on the road to come back to Scarborough and give their relationship another go. Between the local salon, Geraldine’s, and local pub/karaoke hot spot, The Good Ship, there’s never a dull day in town. But will the course of true love run smoothly for the couple the second time around, or will the trials and tribulations of their lives get in the way?
“Even though I’ve stuck close to themes I clearly love (the seaside, pubs and karaoke!), Scarborough is unlike anything I’ve written before”, said series creator Darren Litten. “I’m genuinely flattered by the calibre of actors my scripts have attracted and I can’t wait for BBC audiences to get caught up in the laughter, love and intrigue I’ve created all set against the backdrop of this beautiful North Yorkshire fishing town.”
Rounding out the cast of the comedy is Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours, Coronation Street), Maggie Ollerenshaw (Last of the Summer Wine, Still Open All Hours), Steve Edge (Phoenix Nights, Benidorm), Claire Sweeney (Brookside), Harriet Webb (Edge Of Heaven, White Gold) and Gina Fillingham (National Treasure: Kiri).
Scarborough was originally commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen and the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore last August. It is being produced by BBC Studios, with Gill Isles serving as the series producer. In addition to penning the scripts, Litten also directs. The executive producers are Stephen McCrum and James Farrell for BBC Studios. The Commissioning Editor is Gregor Sharp. Filming on the series is now underway.