Absolutely duo pen football sitcom

Comedy set among U11 teams

BBC Two has ordered a new comedy series about an under-11s football team.

The Cup will be written by Jack Docherty and Moray Hunter, who are best known for their work on Scottish sketch show Absolutely.

Their scripts have been adapted from a Canadian series, The Tournament, pictured, which was set in the world of junior ice hockey.

BBC Two have snapped up a six-part series, following the success of a non-broadcast pilot.

A spokesman for programme-makers Hartswood films said: ‘The Cup is about the selfish and obsessive behaviour of the parents of an under-11 football team, trying to live their dreams through their kids.’

The series will be filmed in Bolton and Manchester from next month and will star Phoenix Nights actor Steve Edge and Jennifer Hennessy from Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Lucy Lumsden, controller of BBC comedy commissioning, said: ‘Following a promising pilot we’re delighted to have the world of The Cup on BBC Two’.

Other cast members will include Tanya Franks, Dominic Coleman, Samantha Power, Bill Geraghty, Pal Aron and Emmanuel Leconte. It will be produced by Men Behaving Badly producer Sue Vertue and directed by Matt Lipsey, who previously worked on Little Britain.

Published: 20 Feb 2008

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