BBC orders Smoggie Queens comedy | Set in Middlesbrough’s LGBTQ+ community © att Crockett / Hat Trick Productions

BBC orders Smoggie Queens comedy

Set in Middlesbrough’s LGBTQ+ community

The BBC has commissioned Smoggie Queens, a comedy set in Middlesbrough’s LGBTQ+ community.

The series – commissioned on the back of a non-broadcast pilot – has been written by comedian Phil Dunning, who stars as the volatile Dickie (Dunning).

His friends including drag queen Mam (Mark Benton), self-styled ‘hun’ Lucinda (Alexandra Mardell), awkward Sal (Patsy Lowe) and newcomer Stewart (Elijah Young) as they navigate love, life and their pride for a town that feels neglected.

Dunning said: ‘I’m absolutely buzzing that the BBC are taking Smoggie Queens to series and I’m so grateful to them for allowing me to write such stupid and weird characters. 

‘It’s been a beautiful dream working with [producers] Hat Trick, and the incredible cast already feel like my new chosen family. I can’t wait to introduce the sights, sounds and smells of Middlesbrough to the world.’

Producer Chris Jones added: ‘Phil has a brilliantly funny, energetic and well-observed style to his writing. It’s been extremely special to develop this fiercely proud chosen family sitcom with him.’

The show  – which will air on BBC Three – was announced by Jon Petrie, director of BBC comedy, at the BBC Festival of Comedy in Glasgow today.

He said: ‘Smoggie Queens is a show bursting with jokes and heart. Phil Dunning has concocted a brilliant ensemble piece that we know will refuse to go unnoticed’.

Six half-hour episodes have been commissioned and will be directed by Andrew Chaplin, whose credits include Alma’s Not Normal. No broadcast date has yet been confirmed.

Jimmy Mulville, managing director of Hat Trick Productions, added: ‘Smoggie Queens is a joy. Phil has created and stars in a show which is introducing us to our new best friends. They‘re the kind of people who look adversity in the eye and laugh. It’s just the tonic we need right now.’

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Published: 23 May 2024

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