Filming has begun Alan Carr’s new autobiographical comedy series.
First announced last November, Changing Ends is based on the English comedian and presenter’s childhood in Northampton in the 1980’s growing up as the son of a fourth division football manager.
The comedy series comes from the makers of Gavin & Stacey, so this sounds like it could be a lot of fun!
Carr will appear as himself in present day scenes, with Belfast actor Oliver Savell playing the role of young Alan.
An adorable video shows the moment Alan Carr broke the news to Savell that he’d been cast in the show:
Carr previously commented: “Well if someone had told little old me back in Northampton in the mid 80’s that ITV would give me my own sitcom based on my life I would have choked on my Flumps.”
He added: “Super proud that I can share my story with you – expect lots of giggles, pathos and nostalgia and believe it or not football – who knew?!”
With production now underway on the six 30-minute episodes, more cast details have been revealed.
Playing Alan’s parents Graham and Christine will be Shaun Dooley (Gentleman Jack) and Nancy Sullivan (Call the Midwife).
They’ll be joined by Taylor Fay as Alan’s younger brother Gary.
Also starring as Alan’s neighbours are Rourke Mooney and Gabby Best as Charlie and Angela, with Harry Peacock playing Nigel.
Guest stars will include David Mumeni (No Return) as Mr Chapman and Michael Socha (Being Human) as Adam.
The official synopsis for Changing Ends reads: “The comedy series will be more than just a trip down memory lane, it’s a love letter to a time and a town where things weren’t always so inclusive.
“Told with warmth and wit, it follows Alan’s journey through puberty, adolescence, and finally self-discovery, all against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.
“As showcased in many of Alan’s stand-up shows, his experience as a gay teenager in the East Midlands is a veritable treasure trove with a rich comedic seam, whether it’s his sexual awakenings, his daily battle with bullies or navigating the highs and lows of Fourth division football.
“It’s about school and family, Kevin Keegan and George Michael, and figuring out who you are when your family are Match of the Day and you’re a bit Miss Marple.”
We’ve got first look at Oliver Savell and Alan Carr on set here:
Changing Ends is expected to premiere in the UK this autumn on ITV’s new streaming service ITVX.
The series will then be broadcast on ITV1 at a later date.
Alan Carr’s autobiography Look Who It Is! is available on Amazon.