There has been a casting change on Gold’s new sitcom The Cockfields. Sex & The City star Kim Cattrall has exited the project due to scheduling conflicts. Sarah Parish (Trollied, Bancroft) will now assume the role of Melissa.
The Cockfields follows Simon, who is taking girlfriend Donna back home to the Isle of Wight for the very first time. he has been persuaded to mark the occasion of his 40th birthday back at the Cockfield family home and there’s a fair amount of Isle of Wight “fun” in store for the pair of them.
Can Simon survive a long (very long) birthday weekend with his biological and extended family without losing his cool, or his girlfriend? Parish joins a main cast that includes Joe Wilkinson (After Life), Diane Morgan (Motherland), Sue Johnston (The Royle Family), Bobby Ball (Not Going Out) and Nigel Havers (Murder On The Blackpool Express), Ben Rufus Green (Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle) and Jeff Mirza (Man Like Mobeen).
The Cockfields was penned by David Earl & Joe Wilkinson and is being produced by Yellow Door Productions. It was commissioned by UKTV’s Head of Scripted Pete Thornton, and ordered by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Gold Channel Director Gerald Casey. Friday Night Dinner helmer Steve Bendelack is directing. John Rushton is the series producer. The executive producers are Lucy Lumsden and Lucy Ansbro. The three-part series is expected to air on Gold later this year.