Ardal O’Hanlon, John Thomson and Jaime Winstone are to star in new six-part comedy drama After Hours for Sky 1 HD.
Written by Molly Naylor and John Osbourne, the series has been commissioned by Sky’s Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden and will be produced by Jellylegs Productions. After Hours will be directed by Craig Cash (Early Doors, The Cafe) with filming currently underway.
After Hours follows the journey of Willow Hannigan (James Tarpey, The World’s End), an 18 year old music lover who’s just had his heart broken for the first time. There are no jobs, his beautiful ex-girlfriend Jasmine (Georgina Campbell, Ice Cream Girls) has moved on to someone new and most of his mates have gone away to university whilst he’s been left behind, living with his parents. The only thing that keeps him sane, other than his best friend Chris (Fergus Van Gelder) is listening to After Hours. Broadcast from a canal boat, After Hours is a local internet radio show run by Lauren (Jaime Winstone) and Ollie (Rob Kendrick, Sugartown), two friends in their late 20s who have somehow, ended up living in Shankly.
Ardal O’Hanlon stars as Willow’s dad, Peter Hannigan, an ex-milkman who found himself jobless when the big supermarket opened, he’s married to Anna (Susan Cookson ,Early Doors, Mount Pleasant) who would secretly love a job at the new supermarket and Thomson plays Geoff, Peter’s best friend who finds sanctuary on the Hannigan’s sofa.
Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky said “After Hours is a beautifully written series about growing up in a small Northern town which will capture the hearts of our Sky 1 customers. We’re delighted to be working with Craig Cash again.”
After Hours is set to debut in 2015 on Sky 1 HD.