Acorn Media Enterprises will serve as the North American and Australian co-production partner on Pitching In, a new family drama for BBC One Wales and BBC One Daytime.
Larry Lamb (EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey, New Tricks) leads the cast, alongside Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap, Pollyanna, Wild at Heart), Caroline Sheen and Ifan Huw Dafydd (Requiem, The Indian Doctor). The series will debut on Acorn TV as an original. ZDF Enterprises is distributing in the rest of the world.
Produced by LA Productions (Broken, Moving On), Pitching In is set in a caravan park on the north Wales coast. It tells the story of three generations of the same family, all struggling to make the best of a very unusual, and sometimes very difficult, situation.
Lamb said: “Eleven years after Gavin & Stacey burst onto the scene I’m heading out west again, switching Barry Island for Anglesey this time! I’m delighted to be playing the role of Frank in Pitching In—it’s a touching, funny and romantic story and a fascinating glimpse of life on the north Wales coast.”
BBC Cymru Wales’ head of commissioning, Nick Andrews, said: “We all need more ‘feel good’ in our lives and this warm family drama promises to be just that. Pitching In is a comedy drama about family, friendship and community, which will showcase the beauty of north Wales.”
BBC’s controller of programming and daytime, Dan McGolpin, added: “Hot on the heels of their RTS award for Moving On, this is a new drama from LA Productions and also a new collaboration with BBC Wales. It’s a welcome addition to the BBC Daytime drama slate and our audience are going to enjoy getting to know these naturally funny characters and their life struggles in the beautiful countryside of north Wales.”
Colin McKeown from LA Productions said: “Drama can take many shapes and forms and impact on an audience by informing, educating and fundamentally entertaining. Yes it’s important when it’s socially relevant but it’s also equally important when it simply makes you laugh. Pitching In provides an audience with a lovely feeling of wellbeing and hopefully provides a warm smile.”
Catherine Mackin, managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with BBC Wales, BBC One and LA Productions on another high-quality production. With a stellar cast led by Larry Lamb and Hayley Mills, gorgeous setting, and highly enjoyable script, we know Acorn TV’s subscribers will enjoy this new series.”