Steve Coogan hatches new comedy drama

A comedy drama starring Steve Coogan and written by the team behind The Royle Family has begun filming, according to the BBC.

Three-part show Sunshine, which is being filmed on location near Stockport and in Salford, will air on BBC1 this autumn.

The series has been co-written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, the team behind acclaimed comedy Early Doors, and co-writers of the Bafta award-winning Royle Family – Queen Of Sheba.

The show is described as a “bittersweet story of three generations of the Crosby family”.

It centres around a character called Bing, who has been fascinated with gambling since he was a child but finds that his habit is spiralling out of control.

Sunshine is the first project to be made by Jellylegs Productions, and Cash will also direct and act in the show.

Producer John Rushton said: “I am delighted that Jellylegs brings a new production to the north west of England, using the talents and experience that the region has to offer, as well as featuring many well-liked and respected faces from entertainment and drama.”

Sunshine was commissioned for the BBC by controller of comedy Lucy Lumsden, who said: “With the combined talents of Craig Cash and Steve Coogan, Sunshine is a significant comedy drama from the north for BBC1. We are delighted to be working with Jellylegs on their inaugural production for BBC Comedy.”

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