Following adaptations in France and Poland, the Israelí comedy, produced by Yoav Gross and distributed by Dori Media, will be adapted by Fable Pictures for Channel 4 in the UK.
Dori Media Group (DMG and Yoav Gross announces that Channel 4 has commissioned a brand-new, hull-arious series, Hullraisers (6 x 30’) penned by Hull’s very own Lucy Beaumont (Meet the Richardsons, To Hull and Back, Live at the Electric), co-written with Anne-Marie O’Connor (Trollied, Mum, Waterloo Road) and produced by Fable Pictures (Rocks, Wild Rose, Anne Boleyn).
Hullraisers has been adapted from the Israeli hit show, Little Mom, which has been recommissioned for its 5th series in Israel, and has been adapted for French and Polish television.
Launched with critical acclaim, Little Mom went on to win Best Comedy at the 2014 Rose D’or Awards. The show is exclusively distributed worldwide by Dori Media, which closed the sales deal and was created and produced by Yoav Gross Productions Ltd. and creators Lital Schwartz, Shai Ben Atar, Liat Shavit and Yoav Gross, with co-creators: Gil Riva and Roei Florentin and scripts by Liat Shavit and Shai Ben Atar for Channel 13 Israel (CCO Ami Glam).
Yoav Gross, CEO of Yoav Gross Productions, added: “This is an exciting moment for us. “Little Mom” has been one of the most successful comedies we produced in the last few years and after traveling to Belgium, France, and Poland the fact that “Little Mom” has been adopted by Channel 4 in the UK, is an enormous milestone for the show and the company.”
Nadav Palti, CEO & President of Dori Media Group said: “We are very excited that the Little Mom format is hitting UK screens through Channel 4 – a channel well known for airing innovative comedy formats. The original award-winning format in Israel was hugely successful and I am confident that “Hullraisers” will really resonate with audiences on Channel 4. It is terrific to see that “Little Mom’s” international presence continues to expand. I would like to formally thank Channel 4 and Fable Pictures for engaging so positively with Dori Media and we look forward to a successful relationship”
Ami Glam, CCO of Reshet 13 and Head of 13Global said: “I am delighted with the international success of the series. There is no doubt that this comedy, will touch the hearts of viewers worldwide. I am proud of the series success, creators and great actors.”
Hullraisers celebrates female talent, both on and off screen in a laugh-out- loud, chaotic comedy that embodies the hilarity of life, friendship, and family. The series centres on three women; Toni, played by Hull-native Leah Brotherhead (Bridgerton, White Gold), Rana, played by Taj Atwal (Line of Duty, Truth Seekers) and Paula, played by Sinead Matthews (The Power, Chewing Gum) and looks at their dishevelled, messy and joyful lives. The series explores the hilarious and agonising reality of what it is to be a working-class woman juggling work, kids, demanding friends, family and frustrating parents from the school playground – all whilst trying to have some fun too.
Toni is a big-hearted tornado of chaos. She’s a self-described actress with no acting jobs (she can currently be found ‘auditioning’ to hand out cheese samples in a supermarket car park). She adores her 4-year-old daughter Leah and her soulmate Craig, but she still dreams of escaping Hull and craves her old life. Like many of us, she’s caught between being the person she once was and the person she’s becoming.
Toni’s bestie is Rana, a confident policewoman who’s daily life is ruled by her libido. She would rather date the full spectrum of Hull’s most disappointing bachelors than think about settling down. Completing the trio is Paula, Toni’s self-deprecating, down-to-earth matriarchal older sister who married her childhood sweetheart Dane, Rana’s big brother. She’s always been the polar opposite of Toni: she’s never imagined being anywhere other than Hull, she doesn’t approve of Rana’s irresponsibility, and just can’t understand Toni’s unsettledness and constant need for more.
Writer Lucy Beaumont said: “It’s an absolute privilege and honour to be working with one of the most talented and dynamic production companies in the UK, and Channel 4, who are absolutely killing it with comedy that raises the bar and pushes boundaries. I’m so excited about showing the world these true Hull characters and the city that has moulded them – a city that has kept its talent and attributes hidden for too long!”
Hannah Farrell/Faye Ward from Fable Pictures said: “We’re so excited to be making this with Lucy and Anne-Marie. Their scripts capture a version of family life we just don’t see enough on TV – Hullraisers puts the focus on working class women, their friendships and the lengths they go to keep the show on the road! And with Lucy being Hull through-and-through, we hope Hullraisers will be a fitting tribute to the city, its people, and their incredible sense of humour. We feel especially lucky to be working with Leah, Sinead and Taj – three comedic powerhouses! – and to have the brilliant Ian Fitzgibbon bringing these scripts to life.”
Jack Bayles, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 said: “This is a show with huge heart and a joke rate to match the feels. Led by a trio of wonderfully drawn female characters, we really hope viewers will fall in love with them as much as we have across scripting. We’re thrilled to be working with Lucy, Anne-Marie and the super-talented gang at Fable – and can’t wait to dive into the shoot”.
Hullraisers has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Comedy, Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor, Jack Bayles. The series is co-written by Lucy Beaumont and Anne-Marie O’Connor. Fable Pictures will produce the series with Faye Ward (Rocks, Wild Rose, Anne Boleyn) and Hannah Farrell (Toast, Case Histories, The Woman in White) serving as Executive Producers. The series is produced by Lisa Mitchell (Horrible Histories, The Mimic), Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon (Damned, Raised by Wolves) and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The series is set to commence filming in Hull and Leeds this summer.