ITV2 orders zombie apocalypse sitcom


Thursday 23rd May 2019, 10:38am

ITV has ordered a sitcom series about a group of people who try to flee a zombie apocalypse on a canal narrow boat.

The six episodes of Birmingham-set Zomboat! will premiere this Autumn on ITV2, and be published in the US on streaming service Hulu.

Producers explain: “When the zombie apocalypse is unleashed in Birmingham, sisters Kat and Jo, together with unlikely travel companions Sunny and Amar, must flee for their lives… by canal boat.

“Jo has just returned from a season as a club rep and has decided to move back in with younger sister Kat, a computer game addict who buys into every conspiracy theory around. Jo struggles to take her sister seriously when Kat claims the zombie apocalypse is real and happening, right now – in Birmingham.”

They add: “Joined by gym bunny Amar, an upbeat-and-ready-to-face-things-head-on character, and his oldest friend Sunny, a wannabe misanthrope who’d rather sit out the apocalypse from the comfort of his sofa, the quartet find themselves trapped together on board Dorothy, a narrow boat on the Grand Union canal.

“As they journey along the canal in their tightly-packed living quarters, friendships develop, alliances form, arguments occur and romance blossoms. Along the way, they realise there is no escaping the problems of everyday life, even in a zombie apocalypse.”

The series stars Leah Brotherhead (White Gold) as Kat, Hamza Jeetooa (Doctor Who) as Sunny, Ryan McKen (White Dragon) as Amar, and Cara Theobold (Crazyhead) as Jo. Rochenda Sandall, who plays Lisa McQueen in Line Of Duty will guest star.

Zomboat! has been written by creators Adam Miller and Will Hartley alongside Liz Doran. Noho Film And TV, the production company behind The Windsors, has made the show, with Miller as director and Matthew Mulot producing.

Commissioner Paul Mortimer says: “ITV2 is committed to comedy for younger audiences and we’re delighted to partner with Hulu and Noho Productions to add this fantastically high-concept, home-grown comedy adventure series to our slate.”

Sasha Breslau from ITV adds: “Zomboat! is a gorily funny new comedy with a terrific cast. ITV2 is thrilled to be on board the Zomboat ready to battle the undead.”

Zomboat! will be on ITV2 later this year.


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