Short Stories For Grown Ups

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01Drivetime20180911

Shazia navigates a shambolic M8, family life and smug colleagues on a commute from hell.

Comedy short stories.

Forgetting her bag on the most important day of a major case is only the start of a super challenging day for high-flying lawyer Shazia.
Join her as she navigates a shambolic M8, while struggling to keep the legal case from collapse, preventing her smug colleagues from wrecking her career and foiling her meddling mum’s plans - all while dealing with her own unapologetic apoplexy and a tampered-with playlist. Will this commute from hell ruin her life, or will she somehow manage to pull it all together?

Starring -

Nalini Chetty as Shazia
Ashley Smith as Michelle
Gavin Mitchell as Andrew
Robbie Jack as Danny
Mandy Bhari as Mum

Written by Maryam Hamidi and developed with BBC Writersroom.

0101Lock In20180807

A father and son wrestle with life, the law and each other from behind different bars.

Comedy short stories.

When Noel Lockhart is imprisoned for a white collar crime, his son Rory has to take over the running of The Ship, a rundown bar on a Derry/Londonderry council estate.
This pilot episode sees Rory reluctantly trying to run The Ship while Noel is doing time in prison. Noel pressurises Rory to smuggle something “special ? in for Lorenzo, the boss of the prison. Will Rory risk his own liberty for his Dad’s safety? As usual a deal with Noel isn’t what it seems. This is the story of a father and son, separated by prison walls, wrestling with modern life, love, money, the law and each other while stuck behind different bars.

Starring Conleth Hill as Noel, Thomas Finnegan as Rory, and Dan Gordon as Morris.

Written by Matthew McDevitt and developed with BBC Writersroom.

Produced and directed by Michael Shannon.

When Noel Lockhart is imprisoned for a white collar crime, his son Rory has to take over the running of The Ship, a rundown bar on a Derry/Londonderry council estate.
This pilot episode sees Rory reluctantly trying to run The Ship while Noel is doing time in prison. Noel pressurises Rory to smuggle something “special ? in for Lorenzo, the boss of the prison. Will Rory risk his own liberty for his Dad’s safety? As usual a deal with Noel isn’t what it seems. This is the story of a father and son, separated by prison walls, wrestling with modern life, love, money, the law and each other while stuck behind different bars.

0102The Not Mums20180814

Three Belfast mums meet once a month to go back to the year 5 BC (Before Children).

Comedy short stories.

Contemporary sitcom pilot about three modern Belfast mums who meet to “go back to the year 5 BC ? (Before Children) - Before nappies, tantrums and the school run changed their lives.

Encouraged by her mum-igos over frozen cocktails, single mum Tanya agrees to her first blind date in years… and all the stress-inducing and eye-wateringly painful preparation that comes with it. Will Mr “…right well he might be decent or a lunatic, we’ll see ? whisk her away to the life of her dreams? Or will real life refuse to get out of her way?

Starring Tara Lynn O’Neill as Tanya, Roísín Gallagher as Izzy and Abigail McGibbon as Kate.

Written by Leesa Harker and developed with BBC Writersroom.

Produced and directed by Michael Shannon.

Contemporary sitcom pilot about three modern Belfast mums who meet to “go back to the year 5 BC ? (Before Children) - Before nappies, tantrums and the school run changed their lives.

Encouraged by her mum-igos over frozen cocktails, single mum Tanya agrees to her first blind date in years… and all the stress-inducing and eye-wateringly painful preparation that comes with it. Will Mr “…right well he might be decent or a lunatic, we’ll see ? whisk her away to the life of her dreams? Or will real life refuse to get out of her way?

Starring Tara Lynn O’Neill as Tanya, Roísín Gallagher as Izzy and Abigail McGibbon as Kate.

0103Sharenting20180821

Stephen's \u201cDaddy Daughter Day\u201d becomes a sharenting battle with his twin brother, Gary.

Comedy short stories.

Stephen is hooked on posting online about his life and the lives of his children. Not only is he a “sharent ?, but he is a competitive sharent, locked in a running battle with his apparently perfect twin brother Gary.

When his wife is at work, Stephen is left in sole charge of his three young daughters who, lovable as they are, test his patience and his sanity. So he does what any modern, insecure, oversharing parent would - engineer the picture-perfect online life in to win the internet, or at least beat his “perfect ? twin brother Gary.
Parenting can be problematic, but  ?sharenting ? and social media posts can be permanent!

Starring Michael Patrick as Stephen, and Diona Doherty as Suzie.

Written by Stephen G Large and developed with BBC Writersroom.

Produced and directed by Michael Shannon.

Stephen is hooked on posting online about his life and the lives of his children. Not only is he a “sharent ?, but he is a competitive sharent, locked in a running battle with his apparently perfect twin brother Gary.

When his wife is at work, Stephen is left in sole charge of his three young daughters who, lovable as they are, test his patience and his sanity. So he does what any modern, insecure, oversharing parent would - engineer the picture-perfect online life in to win the internet, or at least beat his “perfect ? twin brother Gary.
Parenting can be problematic, but  ?sharenting ? and social media posts can be permanent!

0104Reply To All20180828

Liz and Scott's plans for their dad's surprise sixtieth get complicated when mum weighs in

Comedy short stories.

After volunteering to organise a surprise birthday party for their Dad’s 60th, siblings Liz and Scott squabble over who has responsibility for making the arrangements. Mum’s idea of helping just makes Liz feel less than fit for purpose. Liz is desperate to impress and knock Scott from his ‘golden child’ pedestal by whatever means necessary. Will they manage to put aside their differences and get the shindig sorted? Will petty childhood grievances ruin the celebrations? And does their dad even want a surprise party?

Starring Sally Reid as Liz, Jordan Young as Scott, Barbara Rafferty as Mary and Gavin Mitchell as Peter.

Written by Kieron Nicholson and developed with BBC Writersroom.

Produced and directed by David Flynn.

After volunteering to organise a surprise birthday party for their Dad’s 60th, siblings Liz and Scott squabble over who has responsibility for making the arrangements. Mum’s idea of helping just makes Liz feel less than fit for purpose. Liz is desperate to impress and knock Scott from his ‘golden child’ pedestal by whatever means necessary. Will they manage to put aside their differences and get the shindig sorted? Will petty childhood grievances ruin the celebrations? And does their dad even want a surprise party?

0105Weekend Survivalist20180904

Amateur survivalist Brian Rennie tackles the wilds of Loch Lomond with varying success.

Comedy short stories.

Prompted by a snide remark from his wife, amateur survivalist Brian Rennie decides to step up his bushcraft adventures. What better way to prove his skills than be spending two days and nights on an uninhabited island on Loch Lomond without any provisions?

Risking life and limb, Brian sets off with his trusty kayak and one-man tent into the wilds of Scotland for a warts-and-all podcast escapade and the hope of renown as the ‘Frontier Wolf’. But is some toilet-hole digging in his back garden and a trip to Kestrel World enough preparation for what awaits him on the island?

Starring Moray Hunter as Brian Rennie.

Written by Colin McLaren and developed with BBC Writersroom.

Produced and directed by David Flynn.

Risking life and limb, Brian sets off with his trusty kayak and one-man tent into the wilds of Scotland for a warts-and-all podcast escapade and the hope of renown as the ‘Frontier Wolf’. But is some toilet-hole digging in his back garden and a trip to Kestrel World enough preparation for what awaits him on the island?