Monday, July 25, 2011
Tom Ellis and Joanna Page play parents Mark and Helen who’ve recently moved to the South East where their nine-year-old daughter is starting at a new primary school. And they’re about to discover what happens when your children choose your friends.
Essentially a character comedy, but with a nod to those sketch-like moments of madness which can only ever happen in the playground, Gates casts an eye on how relationships with parents formed during fifteen minutes of a school drop off and pick up can so easily take over your life. The school gates can be an unforgiving, socially exposed political minefield.
Gates boasts a distinguished cast that also includes:
Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Waking The Dead), Tony Gardner (Lead Balloon, Moving Wallpaper), Catherine Shepherd (Harry and Paul, The IT Crowd), Nick Mohammed (Reggie Perrin, Horne and Cordon), Adam Deacon (Kidulthood, Being Human), Toby Wharton (Silent Witness, The Bill), Nadine Marshall (The Smoking Room, The Shadow Line) and Ella Kenion (The Catherine Tate Show, Dr Who) and the young headmaster Mr Gould will be played by Will Andrews (Pixelface & Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge).
“We wanted a fresh take on familiar settings for our new comedies on Sky 1HD and GATES offers just that. The show has attracted a wonderful cast and given some terrific child actors a chance to shine. I’m thrilled to bring another new series to our customers and show the fruits of our continued investment in original British comedy." says executive producer Lucy Lumsden
Star Joanna Page said of the project: "I'm so excited to begin filming with such a fantastic cast on GATES. As soon as I read the scripts I could completely identify with my character Helen, and I'm looking forward to the world of the school run and the politics, games and mayhem that go with it. Tom Ellis is a hunk of a husband to be working opposite and my maternal instincts are being brought out working with my adorable daughter. It should be a great shoot."
GATES will be filmed in Enfield throughout the summer and will be broadcast on Sky 1 HD in early 2012.