BBC One has commissioned a brand new six part series with the working title Grey Mates.
The show features an all-star cast including Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Philip Jackson, James Smith, Alison Steadman, June Whitefield and Paula Wilcox. The show is due to go into production next Spring.
Grey Mates will follow the ups and downs of three couples living in Thurnemouth, ‘Norfolk’s only West facing resort’. The synopsis for the show is:
There’s Alan (Philip Jackson, Pete Versus Life, Poirot, My Week With Marilyn) and Joyce (Alison Steadman, The Syndicate, Gavin and Stacey, Fat Friends), who are coming at retirement from very different directions: Alan wants to slow down, Joyce wants to speed up. Alan tries to avoid as many of Joyce’s social commitments as possible, but downsizing to a bungalow has meant there are fewer places to hide.
John (Russ Abbot, Last of the Summer Wine, September Song) and Maureen (Stephanie Beacham, Bad Girls, Dynasty), live in their gadget-filled dream house, adventurous in every aspect including the bedroom. For them 60 is the new 40. However, there’s a reminder of what’s around the corner with Maureen’s ever-present Mum Joan (June Whitfield, Last of the Summer Wine, Absolutely Fabulous, Terry & June).
And finally there’s Trevor (James Smith, Grandma’s House, In The Loop, The Thick Of It) and Carol (Paula Wilcox, Mount Pleasant, Emmerdale, Man About The House) who’ve got non-communication down to such a fine art that if Carol spent a weekend away, Trevor might not even notice. 30 years of living in each other’s pockets have shown the benefits and drawbacks staying friends over the decades…
Talking about the show BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore says: “Comedy has a unique ability to make the ordinary extraordinary and Grey Mates delivers that with a big hit of characters. The series follows three newly retired couples who re-discover what it means to have time on their hands, hilariously brought to life by a stellar cast whose relationships are tested in a multitude of ways.”
Grey Mates is a Hat Trick production for BBC One.