Thursday 20th April 2017
UKTV has expanded its original scripted comedy slate by ordering Porters for award winning entertainment channel Dave, a brand new sitcom (3x40') about the unseen life of a modern hospital.
Deluded Simon Porter dreams of passing his medical exam and becoming a doctor - but by starting at the bottom, and becoming the best porter the NHS has ever seen. All he has to do is survive a few months grafting in a hospital basement and try not to kill any of the patients. How hard can that be?
Porters stars Ed Easton (Inside No. 9, Chortle Awards 2015 Best Newcomer for Gein's Family Giftshop) in the main role as rookie Simon. Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum, Crazyhead) is the cynical, self-styled "Queen of the Porters" Frankie, with Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty, Josh) as the naïve nurse Lucy.
Porters is written by Dan Sefton (Delicious, The Good Karma Hospital) and based on his own experiences of working in a hospital. It is produced by Dancing Ledge Productions and directed by Vadim Jean (The Rebel, Henry IX, Leon The Pig Farmer).
Pete Thornton, UKTV senior commissioning editor, said,
Dan is a brilliantly original writer who's crafted a world and set of characters that are rich with promise. Combined with a really fresh, exciting young cast, Porters has all the makings of an exceptionally strong new comedy.
Steve North, Dave general manager, said,
Following the continuing strength and success of Red Dwarf and the superb reaction to Zapped last year, we know Dave viewers really enjoy our original scripted content. Porters is another welcome addition to our ever-growing slate.
Laurence Bowen, executive producer at Dancing Ledge, said,
Dan Sefton is a rare find - an A-list TV writer who also works part time in an A&E ward in Tiverton! So producing his first medical comedy series for UKTV is a real treat. It's authored, smart and full of wonderful characters - in fact everything we've set up Dancing Ledge Productions to celebrate. We want to establish ourselves as a creative home for top writing talent so this first commission for UKTV is an exciting start.
A Dancing Ledge production, Porters has been ordered by director of commissioning Richard Watsham and Dave general manager Steve North, and executive produced for Dave by Pete Thornton. Executive producer for the series is Laurence Bowen and the series producer is Simon Lupton. Porters joins other exciting 2017 UKTV Originals for Dave such as Red Dwarf XII, Zapped series two, Taskmaster series four and five, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit series two and Go 8 Bit DLC, Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish series five, Crackanory series four and all-new Used Car Wars, Ronnie's Redneck Road Trip and The Joy Of Techs with Marcus Brigstocke and Alexis Conran.
Porters will debut new and exclusive to Dave later this year.
Notes to editors
Sky 111/246, Virgin 128/194, Freeview 12, BT & TalkTalk 12 On demand on Sky, Virgin and UKTV Play
Dave's had a haircut and shave in recent years as it grows from awkward teenager to fully-fledged commissioner of new and original shows. And it's not just comedy these days but entertainment and even some knock-out live sport. Hit UKTV Original commissions include Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit and Crackanory, all laden with the biggest names in British comedy. Dave enjoyed critical success with two series of Hoff the Record, a mockumentary ensemble comedy led by the living legend David Hasselhoff. As well as home-grown delights Dave also goes stateside, cherry-picking cult US Shows including the sharp-witted and sharp-suited Suits and much-loved Parks and Recreation along with Emmy-nominated The Last Man on Earth. This all contributed to Dave's award win at the 2016 Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Entertainment Channel. Dave is the UK's most watched non-PSB channel broadcasting to over 27 million people per month, and viewers continue to enjoy the ludicrously addictive American Pickers and UK remake of Storage Hunters. The channel continues to grow its original commissioning slate with political show Unspun With Matt Forde, Red Dwarf XI, fantasy comedy Zapped! and Celebrity Storage Hunters.
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