BBC Three has ordered My Left Nut, a three-part coming of age comedy drama that is based on the award winning play of the same name. It hails from Irish newcomers Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney and is inspired by Michael’s real life experiences as a teenager.
My Left Nut follows school-boy Mick and his journey after discovering a swelling on his testicle. He can’t tell his dad; he died seven years ago. He can’t tell his mum Patricia; she’s got a million other things on her plate. He can’t tell his schoolmates; there’s an upside to rumours about the bulge in your trousers… And it’s not like it’s going to complicate things between Mick and his first girlfriend anyway, right?
Kay Mellor’s production company Rollem is producing the three-part series, which will star Sinéad Keenan (Being Human, Little Boy Blue) and newcomer Nathan Quinn-O’Rawe. The executive producers are Kay Mellor for Rollem and Tommy Bulfin and Ayela Butt for the BBC. Sian Palfrey is the series producer, while Paul Gay is attached to direct. My Left Nut will be set and filmed in Belfast with funding from Northern Ireland Screen.
“It’s a real honour to be able to share this personal story, which celebrates Michael’s family and friends, while raising issues around men’s health and the difficulty young people have in talking about their problems”, said writers Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney. “At the same time we have had such a laugh writing it and we hope people enjoy this Belfast story in all its humour and humanity.”
“Michael and Oisín have huge flair for storytelling and I wanted to give them their first television commission to make their unique voices heard”, commented the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the series alongside BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell. “Their take on this very important and personal story will engage the BBC Three audience in a unique and heartfelt way.”
While Kay Mellor added: “I’m thrilled to be mentoring Michael and Oisin and exec producing their debut television project. It’s wonderful to find new voices with fresh, authentic ideas. Mick’s problem is totally relatable to men and women alike and the series is both funny and poignant but above all, it’s entertaining.”