BBC One has handed out a pilot order to Bumps, a comedy from writers Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas. Amanda Redman is attached to star in the lead role. The pilot has been commissioned as part of the BBC’s Comedy Playhouse strand, which was most recently used to successfully pilot King Gary. Kudos are producing
Bumps follows Anita (Amanda Redman), a sixty-three-year-old divorcee with two grown up kids and no stork on the horizon threatening to bring grandchildren. Anita may be in her sixties, but inside she feels twenty. She’s adventurous, energetic and a bundle of fun. She wants to pack as much into life as she can whilst she still has her own joints. With the aid of an egg and sperm donor she decides to have a baby.
Unbeknownst to her it happens to be at the same time as her forty year old daughter Suzanne discovers she is expecting her first child. Anita hasn’t really thought through the impact this baby will have on her body or her psyche or her finances. Not for one millisecond has she considered how her decision to have a child will impact on her two grown up kids. She thinks she’s earned the right to do what she wants and she doesn’t realise the emotional bomb she’s detonated. Well now she’s about to find out.
“Bumps brings a modern spin on the family sitcom through its lens on the mother and daughter dynamic”, said the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen, who commissioned the pilot alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “Rhys and Lucy have created a vibrant world of endearing characters who capture the dysfunction, frustration and love at the heart of family life.”
While Kudos’ Phil Temple, who is executive producing, added: “We are overjoyed to be making this show for BBC One. Anita is a force of nature and there is no one better to bring her to life than the supremely gifted Amanda Redman. Rhys and Lucy’s script is truly original – it’s funny, thought provoking, touching and full of characters we are sure the audience will fall in love with.”