London TV Screenings 2024: Fremantle unveils first look for "Daddy Issues"

The original new comedy for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Fudge Park will be part of Fremantle Presents this Friday 1st March.

26 FEB 2024

"Daddy Issues"

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Fremantle shares a first look and wider casting news for "Daddy Issues," an original new comedy for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Fudge Park ("White Lies", The Inbetweeners) starring the brilliant Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey. Fremantle is handling global sales and will be showcasing the series to international buyers as part of Fremantle Presents on Friday 1st March.

Joining the previously announced Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey are David Fynn ("Am I Being Unreasonable?"), Sharon Rooney ("Barbie"), Sarah Hadland ("Miranda"), Taj Atwal ("Hullraisers"), Arian Nik ("Count Abdulla"), Tom Stourton ("Stath Lets Flats"), Susan Lynch ("Sex Education"), Susannah Fielding ("This Time with Alan Partridge"), Lauren O'Rourke ("Henpocalypse"), Cyril Nri ("Death in Paradise"), Cora Kirk ("Grantchester"), Perry Fitzgerald ("Line of Duty"), Claire Keelan ("The Trip"), Damien Molony ("Brassic"), Sherrie Hewson ("Benidorm"), Humphrey Ker ("Welcome to Wrexham") and David Reed ("Ghosts").

When hedonistic 24 year old Gemma discovers she’s pregnant after a random hook-up, she has no choice but to turn to her hapless father Malcolm for support. Recently divorced from Gemma’s mother (who made off with their joint savings to ‘Eat Pray Love’ her way around the world), Malcolm is unable to load a washing machine, boil an egg or microwave rice without it exploding. Up until now, he’s been living in squalor with fellow divorcee Derek but when Gemma’s own flatmate decides to move out, the combination of financial desperation and a desire to not be totally alone makes her resort to the unthinkable: she asks her dad to move in with her. From dating disasters and failed romances through to toxic friendships and messy family dynamics, plus a dangerously sociopathic antenatal teacher, "Daddy Issues" is an affectionate heart-warming story between father and daughter and the reality of facing up to parenthood - at any stage of life.

Rebecca Dundon, SVP Scripted Content at Fremantle said:'Daddy Issues' is a fantastic example of when comedy and drama meet to create something that feels truly original and laugh-out-loud funny whilst also facing some of life’s more challenging and personal moments head on. Aimee Lou and David are a formidable and magical partnership, their chemistry is infectious, and we’re thrilled to be teamed up with Fudge Park and the BBC to take this impeccable comedy out to the international market.”

Fudge Park’s Creative Director Phil Gilbert & Managing Director Jonathan Blyth said: “Not only do we have superstars Aimee & David on board, but 'Daddy Issues' is blessed with some of the finest comedic actors out there. Danielle’s relentlessly funny dialogue, alongside Aimee & David’s winning chemistry, adds up to something very special indeed.”

Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says: “In 'Daddy Issues', Danielle has created a genuinely laugh out loud sitcom. We’re delighted to be working with her, and the Fudge Park team, on the show. Having Aimee and David cast as the co-leads was the cherry on the cake.”

"Daddy Issues" (6x30) is a Fudge Park production for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, created and written by Danielle Ward ("Brassic"). It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC and Fiona Campbell, Controller, Youth Audience, BBC iPlayer and BBC Three. The Directors are Catherine Morshead ("The Full Monty") and Damon Beesley ("White Gold"). The Producer is Lynn Roberts ("Man Like Mobeen") and the Executive Producers are Phil Gilbert ("White Gold") for Fudge Park Productions, alongside Aimee Lou Wood, David Morrissey, Danielle Ward and Damon Beesley. The commissioner for the BBC is Seb Barwell.