Susannah Fielding joins The Cockfields – News
Susannah Fielding has joined the cast of The Cockfields, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.
This Time With star Alan Partridge plays Esther in the sitcom Gold, Simon’s (Joe Wilkinson) new girlfriend following his break-up with Donna (Diane Morgan).
Rab C Nesbitt star Gregor Fisher is another new addition for the second series, taking on the role of Simon’s stepfather in the comedy about a bizarre family living on the Isle of Wight. Joe was originally described by the late Bobby Ball, who died in October of complications from Covid-19.
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave’ Em star Michele Dotrice also reprise the role of Lyn, created by Maggie Steed, with Fresh Meat’s Greg McHugh appearing as Simon’s old friend Tony.
Sue Johnston returns as Simon’s beloved mother, as does Ben Rufus Green as her celebrity-obsessed half-brother.
Written by Wilkinson and David Earl, six 30-minute episodes are currently in pre-production and are slated to air later this year.
Fielding has said little about his upcoming role in recent interviews, only revealing that he is markedly different from the balancing presenter Jennie Gresham on This time. There are “a lot of people sitting on the couch in tracksuits, drinking cups of tea,” she told Channel 4. Sunday brunch.
Wilkinson and Earl said: “Thank you so much Gold for giving us a second series and supporting the series. We’re so excited to finally make more episodes of The Cockfields – although our mate Simon isn’t, whose last name we chose. He’s actually pretty bored, as it happens.
“We also want to mention how sad it was to lose Bobby last year, and what an honor it was to work with him. A brilliantly funny man.”
UKTV’s most-watched launch for a new comedy, The Cockfields’ Debut Series was directed by Steve Bendelack, drawing between 629,000 and 788,000 viewers as all three episodes aired on consecutive nights in November 2019. The second series is directed by Simon Hynd (Motherland), produced by John Rushton for Yellow Door Productions and produced by Lucy Lumsden.
The Cockfields was commissioned by Pete Thornton, UKTV’s director of screenplay, and commissioned by Gerald Casey, director of the Gold channel.
The first series was a hit with critics, with The Guardian describing it as “the splendor of the sitcom” and “cringe-inducing funny”, while The Telegraph labeled it “a well-watched, gently addicting gem. “. The “sparkling script” was a “big-hearted injection of comedy,” The Mirror said, while the Daily Mail praised the stuffing of “lines so true to life, it looked like a documentary at times.”
Lumsden said: “A big thank you to Gold for allowing us to do more episodes of The Cockfields. We were so sad to lose Bobby, who was such a special part of our show. With the blessing of Bobby’s family. , we’ll see more of the characters we’ve fallen in love with and the joyful stepfather and stepson relationship that Joe and David write so well. We can’t wait to return to the island. “
Thornton added: “It’s been a while since we’ve last been on The Cockfields, so I’m delighted to be back in business with the team behind the first three hit episodes, and to bring this back. very special show for a Finally, we’re going to have the opportunity to get to know this amazing family well – and I know from early drafts of the remarkable scripts by Joe Wilkinson and David Earl that fans of the first series are going to be an absolute treat. . “
The first series of The Cockfields repeats on Gold starting on the 24th of this month.
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