BBC orders apocalyptic hen night comedy | From Raised By Wolves writer Caroline Moran © BBC

BBC orders apocalyptic hen night comedy

From Raised By Wolves writer Caroline Moran

The BBC has commissioned a new sitcom based on a hen night cruelly interrupted by an apocalypse.

Henpocalypse! has been created by Caroline Moran, whose credits include Raised By Wolves, the Channel 4 comedy she wrote with her sister Caitlin Moran based on their upbringing in Wolverhampton.

The new six-part series, commissioned for BBC Two, is described as ‘a high-energy comedy romp’ and is also based around a group of working-class West Midlands women.

When bridezilla-to-be Zara’s hen-do is interrupted by the end of the world, she and her four best mates wait out the breakdown of human civilisation in an isolated holiday cottage in Wales.

Emerging from quarantine into the harsh new post-apocalyptic hellscape, they find the male population has almost entirely wiped out. So how will they work out what to do with the male stripper, the only man who seems to have survived?

Pitted against a group of radicalised Pilates instructors and using sex toys as spears against the enemy, will the dysfunctional friends survive in the harsh new world of societal breakdown?

Moran said: ‘I can’t bloody believe I am getting to make a sitcom for BBC Two! That’s pretty much all I’ve ever wanted in life. The nation is now officially invited to our never-ending post-apocalyptic hen do. I guarantee high drama, tons of jokes, massive surprises and lots of penis-themed pound shop tat.’

Tanya Qureshi, head of comedy at the BBC said: ‘What could be more hilariously nightmarish than a hen do that never ends?! Caroline has created a very funny show with an incredible collection of women at the heart of it.’

Filming begins early next year, but no cast has yet been announced.

It is being made by Various Artists Limited, which previously produced I May Destroy You, Sally4Ever and Dead Pixels.

Joint managing director Phil Clark said Moran was ‘the most original and joyous writer. The apocalypse has never been funnier’

Published: 6 Jul 2022

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