EastEnders actress Jo Joyner is to join Trying Again, a series co-created by Emmy award-nominated and Oscar nominated writer Simon Blackwell and actor and comedian Chris Addison for Sky Living. Joyner departs the BBC soap later this year, possibly never to return…
Jo Joyner will take a leading role as Meg in Trying Again, an original British comedy about a couple struggling with life after an affair.
Also announced is Chris Addison who will play Matt, Charles Edwards as Ian, Matt’s love rival, and Alun Cochrane as Sam, Matt’s best friend.
“Made for Sky Living HD by Avalon Television, Trying Again is a warm, funny sitcom about trying to mend a relationship after an affair. Set in The Lake District, Meg (Jo Joyner) and Matt (Chris Addison) are meant to be together, they’re pretty sure of that. And they really are trying to put her indiscretion with her boss Iain behind them. But it’s not easy when you live in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business and you have bills to pay.” – Sky
Highlighting friendships and love and all the problems those things bring, Sky note that Trying Again is a warm, charming comedy that focuses on a real relationship between real people who make mistakes but live in the hope that love will conquer all.
Jo Joyner said: “I am thrilled to be part of such an exciting project with such a wonderful team of not just actors, but writers and creatives. As an actor it is very exciting to be part of a project like this right from the beginning and have a true creative input.”
The series is an eight part run of half hour episodes. Trying Again will shoot on location and commence production in summer 2013.
Joyner is leaving EastEnders, after seven years of misery, later this year when her character of Tanya Cross departs Walford for good. The actress quit to spend more time with her family.
Speaking earlier today on ITV she noted that she may never return to the flagging BBC One soap, which was beaten earlier this week in the overnight ratings by a head to head run-in with Emmerdale – despite the ITV soap failing to air, due to a technical fault, on some platforms, “You just don’t know with soap, another producer could come along and I get killed off screen, all you need is a phone call to the kids and they’re like ’she’s what?’.”
EastEnders famously killed-off popular character Kathy Mitchell off screen when actress Gillian Taylforth refused to ‘drop everything’ and run back to the BBC.