Channel 4 and Fable Pictures announce Tom Bennett (Trying, Brassic, After Life, Phone Shop) and Sam Swainsbury (Mum, Ruby Speaking) to join the cast for the second series of the Hull based comedy, written by Caroline Moran and Anne-Marie O’Connor.
Tom Bennett and Sam Swainsbury join returning cast members, RTS Award nominated Leah Brotherhead, Sinead Matthews, BAFTA Award nominated Taj Atwal, Perry Fitzpatrick, Yanick Ghanty, Natalie Davies, Felicity Montagu and Shobna Gulati for the laugh-out- loud, chaotic comedy that embodies the ups and downs of life, friendship, and family.
The second series sees Toni (Leah Brotherhead) and Craig’s (Perry Fitzpatrick) family growing with baby no. 2 on the way, despite Toni’s denial. Paula (Sinead Matthews) and Dane (Yanick Ghanty) are coming to terms with Ashley (Natalie Davies) growing up and moving out, and Rana (Taj Atwal) has her eyes opened by her mum, Nima (Shobna Gulati), revealing the secret to hitting your absolute peak during your menopause years.
Tom Bennett will play John Fox, the new love interest for Craig’s mum Gloria (Felicity Montagu). The pair could not be more perfectly suited despite the 15-year age gap but how will Craig deal with this new father figure in his life? Sam Swainsbury takes on the role of Pickles, Rana’s new police partner. The pair are chalk and cheese in a standard issue police car, but will these two opposites eventually attract?
Hannah Farrell and Faye Ward, the Executive Producers of Hullraisers said, “We are so thrilled to be bringing back Hullraisers with Channel 4, adding some new exciting faces to our brilliant core cast. Alongside our award nominated trio of Leah Brotherhead, Sinead Matthews, and Taj Atwal, we welcome Tom Bennett and Sam Swainsbury, playing two brilliant new characters. We can’t wait for audiences to join us for another series of outrageous laughs and Hullian mayhem”.
The series is filmed in Hull and Leeds and was commissioned for Channel 4 by Charlie Perkins, Head of Comedy and Laura Riseam, Commissioning Editor. Written by Caroline Moran (Henpocalypse!, Raised By Wolves) and Anne-Marie O’Connor (Maryland, Trollied), who both served as Executive Producers on the series. The show is based on the Israeli hit show Little Mom which is exclusively distributed worldwide by Dori Media. Little Mom is created and produced by Yoav Gross Productions Ltd – creators are Lital Schwartz, Shai Ben Atar, Liat Shavit and Yoav Gross with co-creators Gil Riva and Roei Florentin. Written by Liat Shavit and Shai Ben Atar for Channel 13 Israel. The show was originally adapted for the UK by Lucy Beaumont. Fable Pictures produce the series with Faye Ward (Stan & Ollie, Wild Rose, Rocks) and Hannah Farrell (Anne Boleyn, Rocks) executive producing and Ian Fitzgibbon (Christmas Carole, Stuck) directing. Fable Pictures is a Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) backed company. SPT will distribute the series worldwide.