Manchester is a hotspot for filming some of the best film and TV around, and now there’s another production to add to the roster. Filming has been underway on Daddy Issues, a brand new six-part comedy from the team behind White Gold and The Inbetweeners, set in Stockport, and a first look has now been revealed.
The show follows Gemma (Aimee Lou Wood), who lives for the weekend when she can get blasted and party hard in Stockport, Manchester. But after joining the mile high club with a random hook-up on her way back from a holiday to Portugal, she’s pregnant, and it couldn’t come at a worse time.
The only person Gemma has left in her life is her dad Malcolm (David Morrissey), who is kind hearted but useless – he can’t load a washing machine, boil an egg or change the Wi-Fi password. Malcolm is suffering from the collapse of his family and living in a bedsit for divorced men.
So, Gemma and her dad end up living in Gemma’s flat. She needs support at a critical time in her life; he needs help microwaving rice without it exploding.
At its heart, Daddy Issues is a classic odd couple comedy about two funny, deeply flawed characters, who just happen to be father and daughter, all in Stockport. Along the way there will be dating disasters and failed romances, toxic friendships and messy family dynamics, plus a dangerously sociopathic antenatal teacher. The show is written by Danielle Ward (Brassic, In The Long Run) and stars Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education, Living) and David Morrissey (Sherwood, The Walking Dead).
Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, said: “In Daddy Issues, Danielle has created a genuinely laugh out loud sitcom. We’re delighted to be working with her, and the Fudge Park team, on the show. Having Aimee and David cast as the co-leads was the cherry on the cake.”
Aimee Lou Wood said: “It had been a very long time since a script had made me laugh out loud. Danielle’s did exactly that. Then when I heard David was involved, I was even more excited. He’s someone I have admired throughout my life. Watching shows like Blackpool and Red Riding when I was younger fuelled my interest in acting and so it feels surreal and amazing to be working with someone I class as a legend and inspiration.”
David Morrissey said: “I’m delighted to be working with Aimee Lou Wood as she’s someone I’ve admired for a while now. She’s a truly unique and gifted talent. Danielle has crafted such a funny and heartfelt piece and I’m so excited to be part of it.”
Daddy Issues has begun filming and will be released on BBC Three and iPlayer this year.