Production has gotten underway on Roisin Conaty’s self-penned sitcom GameFace for E4.
Conaty plays Marcella, an aspiring actress with a distinct world view who despite being ever optimistic can’t get her work, family or love life on track.
The series follows her attempts to do just that as she navigates the changing landscape of her thirties, shortly following a break-up. She is aided and abetted by her therapist, played by Karl Theobald (Green Wing, Plebs), friends and, unusually, her driving instructor.
Beginning life as a Comedy Blap, the original pilot episode of GameFace aired in April 2014, and garnered rave reviews with The Observer saying it was “a giddy hit” and The Mirror declaring that “GameFace is a sitcom pilot that deserves to become a full series. – Channel 4
The cast also includes Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, EastEnders) as Marcella’s mum with Francis Magee (Witless, Game of Thrones) as her furious dad and Dylan Edwards (Wasted, Pramface) as wayward brother Billy. Damien Molony (Crashing, Being Human) plays her long-suffering driving instructor Jon, Nina Toussaint-White (Uncle, Emmerdale) and comedian Caroline Ginty play Lucy and Caroline, Marcella’s best friends and flat mates, and Dustin Demri Burns (Cardinal Burns, Pyschobitches) is ex-boyfriend Simon.
The six-part series started filming earlier this month and is made by Objective Fiction. There is no specific air date as yet but transmission will occur this year, Channel 4 note.