Cameras have been trained on some iconic locations in Hull recently for the filming of a new Channel 4 sitcom.
The Silver Cod pub, in Anlaby Road, and Larkin’s Bar in Newland Avenue, are among the well-known city haunts that will be having their moment of fame in the new series, Hullraisers, about three working-class women living in Hull.
The “hull-arious” six-parter was commissioned by Channel 4 and has been co-written by Hull’s own Lucy Beaumont with Anne-Marie O’Connor.
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Hullraisers celebrates female talent, both on and off screen in a laugh-out-loud, chaotic comedy that embodies the ups and downs of life, friendship, and family.
One of the actors in the show, Natalie Davies, posted a message on Facebook at the weekend that said: “And that’s a WRAP on #Hullraisers! What an incredible 7 weeks it has been. I’m so overwhelmed right now but my God has it been a blast. To the cast and crew I bloody love you. Thank you @fablepicsuk for having me it’s been emotional. Cannot wait for you to meet ASHLEY!”
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Here is what we know about the new comedy Hullraisers …
What is Hullraisers?
Hullraisers is a new sitcom that will be shown across six 30-minute episodes and promises to be a laugh-out-loud exploration of the lives of three fictional Hull women.
Who is the series about?
The series centres on three women: Toni, played by Hull-native Leah Brotherhead (Bridgerton, White Gold), Rana, played by Taj Atwal (Line of Duty, Truth Seekers) and Paula, played by Sinead Matthews (The Crown, The Power) and looks at their dishevelled, messy and joyful lives.
The series explores the hilarious and agonising reality of what it is to be a working-class woman juggling work, kids, demanding friends, family and frustrating parents from the school playground – all while trying to have some fun too.
Toni is a big-hearted tornado of chaos. She’s a self-described actress with no acting jobs (she can currently be found “auditioning” to hand out cheese samples in a supermarket car park).
She adores her four-year-old daughter Leah and her soulmate Craig, but she still dreams of escaping Hull and craves her old life. Like many of us, she’s caught between being the person she once was and the person she’s becoming.
Toni’s bestie is Rana, a confident policewoman whose daily life is ruled by her libido. She would rather date the full spectrum of Hull’s most disappointing bachelors than think about settling down.
Completing the trio is Paula, Toni’s self-deprecating, down-to-earth matriarchal older sister who married her childhood sweetheart Dane, Rana’s big brother.
She’s always been the polar opposite of Toni: she’s never imagined being anywhere other than Hull, she doesn’t approve of Rana’s irresponsibility, and just can’t understand Toni’s unsettledness and constant need for more.
Where has Hullraisers been filmed?
Filming has been taking place in Hull and Leeds during this summer. Scenes in the city of Hull were recently shot at the Silver Cod pub, in Anlaby Road; Larkin’s Bar, Newland Avenue, and Le Crepier Papin, also in Newland Avenue.
What channel is it on and when will it air?
Channel 4 commissioned the comedy series, adapted from the Israeli hit show, Little Mom, which has been recommissioned for its fifth series, and is exclusively distributed worldwide by Dori Media.
Jack Bayles, commissioning editor, Channel 4 said: “This is a show with huge heart and a joke rate to match the feels. Led by a trio of wonderfully drawn female characters, we really hope viewers will fall in love with them as much as we have across scripting.”
Back in May, Channel 4 put out a call via Kharmel Cochrane casting for native Hull student/recent graduate actors to join the Hullraisers cast.
It said: “Cash-strapped, over-worked, under-appreciated… nailing it. Set in Hull, this show is about the reality of being a working class mum: juggling being broke, raising kids, working a tough job and at the end of another epic day, turning to your lifelong sisters (the ones you’re born with and the ones you chose) to blow off steam.
“The show’s anchored by the unshakeable female friendships that provide (questionable) advice, solace, and when all else fails, a mega-size jar of Morrison’s own brand Nutella. Warm, loud, packed with big laughs and big love.”
No date has been given yet for the airing of the series Hullraisers.
Who are the writers behind Hullraisers?
The series is co-written by Hull’s own Lucy Beaumont (Meet the Richardsons, To Hull and Back, Live at the Electric), and Anne-Marie O’Connor (Trollied, Mum) and produced by Fable Pictures (Rocks, Wild Rose, Anne Boleyn).
Writer Lucy said: “It’s an absolute privilege and honour to be working with one of the most talented and dynamic production companies in the UK, and Channel 4, who are absolutely killing it with comedy that raises the bar and pushes boundaries.
“I’m so excited about showing the world these true Hull characters and the city that has moulded them – a city that has kept its talent and attributes hidden for too long!”
Who is producing the sitcom?
Fable Pictures is a boutique television and film production company spearheaded by creative directors Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell, with backing from Sony Pictures Television.
The ethos of Fable Pictures is to discover and tell stories with a fresh and distinctive eye.
In a joint statement about the show, Hannah and Faye said: “We’re so excited to be making this with Lucy and Anne-Marie.
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“Their scripts capture a version of family life we just don’t see enough on TV – Hullraisers puts the focus on working class women, their friendships and the lengths they go to to keep the show on the road!
“And with Lucy being Hull through-and-through, we hope Hullraisers will be a fitting tribute to the city, its people, and their incredible sense of humour.
“We feel especially lucky to be working with Leah, Sinead and Taj – three comedic powerhouses – and to have the brilliant (director) Ian Fitzgibbon bringing these scripts to life.”