Despite recent comments from Kevin Lygo, ITV is giving scripted comedy on the main channel yet another shot. The broadcaster has ordered Kate And Kolo, a six episode studio sitcom starring Brenda Blethyn (Vera) and Jimmy Akingbola (In The Long Run).
Kate And Kolo follows Kate (Brenda Blethyn), a working-class woman who runs an old-fashioned café in a neglected seaside town and who develops a strong, if sometimes volatile, friendship with Kolo (Jimmy Akingbola), an asylum-seeking African doctor.
Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton created the series and are penning the scripts. Under ITV’s 50:50 scheme, the duo will also supervise a trainee writer on the six-part comedy. Hat Trick Productions are producing. Production is expected to get underway in 2020 ahead of a premiere later that year. ITV said that further casting would be announced at a later date.
“ITV is the perfect home for Kate and Kolo, written by two of the country’s top writers and with two great actors like Brenda and Jimmy, it’s a wonderfully funny and sometimes touching comedy about real people coping with life at the sharp end”, said Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director of Hat Trick Productions.
While ITV’s Comedy Controller Saskia Schuster, who commissioned the series, added: “Kate and Kolo will be a new sitcom for ITV filmed in front of a live studio audience to air 2020 on the channel. Brenda and Jimmy head up a fantastic cast and we have 6 brilliantly written scripts.”