The latest from Rollem
MY LEFT NUT - A COMEDY-DRAMA FOR BBC3
Based on the award-winning stage play, My Left Nut is a coming of age comedy drama about friendship, family, grief and testicles written by Irish newcomers Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney in their first project for the BBC.
The story is based on real life events after Michael found a swelling on his testicle when he was fifteen.
The three-part series will be produced by Rollem (Girlfriends, Love, Lies & Records, The Syndicate) for BBC Three and will star Sinéad Keenan (Being Human, Little Boy Blue) and newcomer Nathan Quinn-O’Rawe.
The series follows school-boy Mick (Nathan Quinn-O’Rawe) and his journey after discovering a swelling on his testicle. He can't tell his dad; he died seven years ago. He can't tell his mum Patricia (Sinéad Keenan); she's got a million other things on her plate. He can't tell his schoolmates; there's an upside to rumours about the bulge in your trousers... And it’s not like it’s going to complicate things between Mick and his first girlfriend anyway, right?
Writers, Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, say: “It’s a real honour to be able to share this personal story, which celebrates Michael's family and friends, while raising issues around men's health and the difficulty young people have in talking about their problems. At the same time we have had such a laugh writing it and we hope people enjoy this Belfast story in all its humour and humanity.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “Michael and Oisín have huge flair for storytelling and I wanted to give them their first television commission to make their unique voices heard. Their take on this very important and personal story will engage the BBC Three audience in a unique and heartfelt way.”
Kay Mellor, Executive Producer for Rollem, says: “I’m thrilled to be mentoring Michael and Oisin and exec producing their debut television project. It’s wonderful to find new voices with fresh, authentic ideas. Mick’s problem is totally relatable to men and women alike and the series is both funny and poignant but above all, it’s entertaining.”
My Left Nut is a 3x30’ series commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Executive producers are Kay Mellor for Rollem and Tommy Bulfin and Ayela Butt for the BBC; it will be directed by Paul Gay and produced by Sian Palfrey.
My Left Nut will be set and filmed in Belfast with funding from Northern Ireland Screen.
BAND OF GOLD RETURNS
We are so excited to announce that Kay Mellor’s iconic and multi award-winning ITV series Band of Gold will return in 2019, in a brand-new stage production. The world premiere will be at The Grand Theatre in Leeds this winter.
First aired on ITV in March 1995, Band of Gold captivated over 15 million viewers each week and starred Geraldine James, Cathy Tyson, Barbara Dickson and Samantha Morton. The ground-breaking crime drama ran for two series after which Kay felt the series had run its course, but over 20 years on, Kay is thrilled to breathe life back into the piece: “I get asked once a day if I’m going to bring Band of Gold back.” says Mellor: “My answer will now be yes, on stage at The Grand Theatre! I’m thrilled that it’s going to premiere in my home town.”.
The gritty thriller tells the story of a group of women - Carol, Rose, Anita and Gina - as they battle to survive whilst working in Bradford’s red-light district.
Band Of Gold is the second TV-to-stage adaptation for Kay, following the unprecedented sell-out success of Fat Friends The Musical, which also premiered at The Grand before embarking on a hugely popular UK tour in 2017/18.
Band of Gold will be directed by Kay Mellor and produced by Joshua Andrews. It will run from Thursday 28 November to Saturday 14 December 2019, at Leeds Grand Theatre.
Tickets go on sale to Leeds Grand Priority Members on Wednesday 16th January, followed by general release on Wednesday 23rd January. Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call their Box Office on 0844 848 2700.
For regional press enquiries, please contact Kelly Scotney, PR Manager at Leeds Grand Theatre, on 0113 297 7007 or Kelly.Scotney@leedsgrandtheatre.com.
For national press enquiries, please contact David Bloom, Storyhouse PR, on 07980 297 299 or email@example.com.
NTA NOMINATION 2019
We are delighted to announce that our ITV drama Girlfriends has been nominated for a National Television Award for New Drama.
We couldn’t be prouder of our brilliant cast and crew for bringing the show to life and we’d like to thank everyone who voted for the show.
This is a very special award as it’s entirely voted for by the public and represents what viewers have been watching and enjoying throughout the last year in TV, so this means the world to us.
Now all the nominees have been announced, you are able to vote for the show you think should win the award HERE.
Whatever happens, we can’t wait to get our glad rags on and celebrate a fantastic year in British television with an amazingly talented group of nominees.
THINK TANK PARTICIPANTS
Meet the young writers taking part in our “think-tank” for an exciting new show.
Rollem are thrilled to announce the 20 super-talented writers aged 18-27 involved.
- Tobias Gavelle - Rachael Sampson - Adam Hughes
- Cleo Gorringe - Holly Illis - Morgan Bailey
- Amy Hawley - Lewis Woodward - Lucy Bickerton
- Matthew Ingram - Amy Beedle - Nicholas Connor
- Georgina Allen - Murray Murray - Laura Homer
- Jade Jones - Lydia Marchant - Joe McKie
- Luke Delaney - Rose Marie Drabble
NEW WRITERS OPPORTUNITY
Rollem are looking for enthusiastic young aspiring writers aged 18-27 based in the North to take part in a “think-tank” for an exciting new show that will showcase the unique voice of today’s youth.
This is a chance for you to put your ideas forward and have a say in what TV for young people should be, while seeing the inner workings of a story conference and contributing to the development of a brand new series. You’ll also have the opportunity to be taken on as a writer on the series, should it be taken into further development.
Applicants need no previous official writing credits but should have some experience within stage, radio, television, or film/short film and have a passion for story and storytelling.
HOW TO APPLY
If you think this opportunity is for you please send the below supporting material in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23:59 on Friday 5th October 2018.
Please also put ROLLEM YOUNG WRITERS SUBMISSION in the subject line, followed by your name.
Any submissions sent after this time will be disregarded. All applicants will be notified by 17th October. If successful, you will need to be available for a full day story session on Friday 26th October in Leeds – Location TBC.
REQUIRED SUPPORTING MATERIAL
- Name, Age, Address, Email and Contact Number.
- Short Bio outlining your experience to date.
Please also answer the follow questions:
1. What’s your favourite or least favourite show of the last 5 years and why? What worked for you about the story or what didn’t, and what would you change? 300 words maximum.
2. What’s something you would want to see depicted on screen that speaks to the youth of today? This should be something that you haven’t previously seen on TV or feel there is a more effective way of showing it. 300 words maximum.
CHARITY CLOTHES SALE RAISES £9018.56
We at Rollem are very happy to announce that the charity clothes sale we held, raised a grand total of £9018.56 after Kay matched the original donation total.
Kay would like to express her gratitude and says "I'm absolutely thrilled with the amount raised - it has exceeded my expectations, and I must thank every one of you who donated. Each charity is close to my heart and I am so happy that we can donate so much money to each charity."
Our charities are: Shelter, Breast Cancer Haven and NSPCC
'GIRLFRIENDS' out now on DVD
Our latest ITV drama Girlfriends starring Zoë Wanamaker (Mr Selfridge, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, My Family, Gormenghast, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia, And Then There Were None, Churchill, iBoy) and Phyllis Logan (The Good Karma Hospital, Downton Abbey) is available to buy now on DVD.
The series is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Our brand new series GIRLFIRENDS starts 3rd January 2018
Girlfriends is a contemporary story of Linda, Sue and Gail as they struggle with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.
After the dramatic and sudden death of Linda’s husband Micky, childhood friends Linda (Phyllis Logan), Sue (Miranda Richardson) and Gail (Zoë Wanamaker) find themselves back together again. Each has their own problems to face; from a looming divorce from the husband she still loves and the loss of a high-powered job through age discrimination, to juggling the endless responsibilities of their grandchildren and aging mothers.
As widowed Linda tries to come to terms with being on her own after over 30 years of marriage, she and her girlfriends are horrified to find that this could be the least of her worries. As questions over the circumstances of Micky’s death start to be asked, accusations reveal secrets, deception and doubts that tear at our Girlfriends’ friendship. Will it endure or will it be severely put to the test?
Girlfriends is a contemporary story about friends, family, responsibilities and the inevitable changes that age brings... But true friendship remains the same no matter how many years have passed.
Phyllis Logan says: "I’m thrilled to be part of Girlfriends, written by the wonderful Kay Mellor and to be working not only with her but the stellar cast that has been assembled. It’s a hugely exciting project and I feel enormously fortunate to be involved in it. I can’t wait to get started.”
Miranda Richardson comments: “A whole summer spent working on a women-driven script, written and directed by a woman who has proved herself many times over as a force of nature in TV drama alongside some of our most gifted female actors - what's not to like?”
Zoë Wanamaker adds: “I'm looking forward to working on this exciting new series with such a stellar cast. I have long been a fan of Kay’s work and am relishing the opportunity to work alongside Miranda and Phyllis.”
Kay Mellor says: “Girlfriends is my passion project, it’s a story that I’ve been longing to tell. It’s wonderful to be returning to ITV and working with Polly Hill again – she’s an inspiration to me. I’m so looking forward to working with such a talented cast. It’s fantastic that we’ve got such high-calibre actors to play the three very different leading characters.
I’m aware that there are a lot of women of a certain age who feel like they are invisible and unheard, so I’m proud to have the chance to shine a light on their lives and give them a voice. The series is not just a platform for their voices though – there is a big, bold, dark story at its heart, which is shot through with humour. I’m hoping both men and women will love it as much as I’ve loved writing it.”
Polly Hill, Head of Drama for ITV adds: "This is a fabulous cast and testament to Kay's wonderful scripts. Kay celebrates women of a certain age and female friendship through this wonderful and compelling story. I am proud to have this on ITV and delighted to see Kay return to the channel in such a brilliant way. I can't wait to see Zoë, Miranda and Phyllis bring her characters to life, and look forward to sharing Girlfriends with our audience next year."
Girlfriends is a 6 x 60 drama series and has been commissioned by Polly Hill, Head of Drama for ITV. The series will be directed by Kay Mellor (The Syndicate, In The Club) and produced by Josh Dynevor (Fat Friends Series 3, The New Worst Witch). The executive producers are Kay Mellor for Rollem Productions and Polly Hill for ITV.
Ashley Jensen, Rebecca Front & Mark Stanley lead a star cast in 'Love, Lies & Records'
We are so excited to announce the stellar cast of much-loved actors who will be joining us for brand new BBC One drama 'Love, Lies & Records'.
Ashley Jenson (Catastrophe, Ugly Betty, Extras) plays registrar Kate Dickenson as she tries to juggle her personal life with the daily dramas of births, marriages and deaths and the impact they have on her. Joining Ashley Jenson will be Adrian Bower (Granchester, The Last Kingdom), Kenny Doughty (Vera, Stella), Rebecca Front (Doctor Thorne, War & Peace, Humans) and Mark Stanley (Dark River, Dickensian).
Ashley Jensen says: “I have admired and respected Kay's work for a long time and I am thrilled to be playing Kate. Kay's writing is always honest and from the heart. I think that Kay has always managed to tap into issues that are relevant to ordinary peoples everyday lives and with this new show she deals with the major dramatic milestones that affect pretty much all of us.”
Rebecca Front adds: “Births, marriages, deaths. We've all had experience of at least a couple of those. And Kay Mellor's trademark mix of humanity, warmth, drama and intrigue runs right through these scripts. So I'm really excited to be part of it.”
Kay Mellor comments: "When I was waiting to register the death of my mother at Leeds Town Hall, I was next to a couple who were waiting to register the birth of their much wanted baby girl. Later on that week, I attended the wedding of some friends of ours. I realised that the register office was a microcosm of life itself - tears laughter and celebrations. As I sat watching the registrars marry my friends, I started to wonder about their lives and how they dealt with the roller coaster of emotions that they go through on a daily basis. Not long after, a series started to develop in my head. I am delighted to be working with the BBC again on my brand new drama - their support and encouragement is invaluable. I’m also excited about attracting such a talented cast who will give birth to the series.”
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Executive Producer says: "Kay's scripts are, of course, brilliant - entertaining, funny and moving all at the same time. Together with this exciting cast line-up the show promises to take BBC One viewers on an emotional rollercoaster.”
Love, Lies & Records is a 6 x 60 drama series and has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Lucy Richer, Former Acting Controller of Drama. The series will be directed by Dominic Leclerc (The A Word, The Syndicate) and Cilla Ware (Silk, Death in Paradise) and produced by Yvonne Francas (Death in Paradise, The Syndicate). The executive producers are Kay Mellor for Rollem Productions and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC. It is a Rollem production for BBC One and is co-produced with Acorn Media Enterprises in North America. The series will be distributed by all3media International, Rollem Productions international partner. Acorn Media Enterprises also holds distribution rights in UK, Eire and ANZ.
Filming will begin in Leeds in March 2017.
Kay Mellor returns to ITV with new series - Girlfriends
Take three women each dealing with major life crises and six part series Girlfriends is born. Linda, Sue and Gail are each pushing 60 and struggling with what life has to throw at them.
Kay said "I'm delighted that after a long time away I'm once again working for ITV. I love working with Polly Hill; you always feel like her number one writer".
"Girlfriends is a topic that's dear to my heart being a woman of a certain age. I wanted to change things around a bit and put them centre stage - to make the invisible, visible. Linda, Sue and Gail are in the autumn of their lives and in many ways, their lives should be sorted, but instead each year brings another set of problems. There are plenty of secrets, lies and revelations - it's a delicious drama to write and I hope the audience enjoy watching it as much as I'm enjoying writing it."
Filming will commence during the Summer of 2017 in Leeds, York and Harrogate.
Love, Lies and Records – A brand new Kay Mellor drama series
We are excited to announce that Rollem has been commissioned to create a brand new six-part series for BBC One...
Written and created by Kay Mellor, the series follows Registrar Kate Dickinson as she juggles her personal life with the daily dramas of working in a busy Register Office in Leeds.
Kay Mellor said: “I’m so delighted to be doing a new series for the BBC. Of course I’d love to do another series of ‘In The Club’ and ‘The Syndicate’ but they are on hold for now.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said: “The genius that is Kay Mellor puts one woman at the centre of her new BBC One series, and brilliantly captures contemporary British life as she juggles a complex personal life with a world of births, marriages and deaths.”
Kay added: “It’s lovely to be working on a fresh idea and I’ve got all the support from the BBC.”
Filming will begin in 2017, in and around Leeds.
'IN THE CLUB' SERIES 2 AND 1 & 2 BOXSET - OUT NOW!
Are you missing your weekly fix of 'In The Club'? You can now buy Series 2 or the Series 1 & 2 boxset on DVD...
'IN THE CLUB' IS BACK...
Another one is on the way. 'In The Club' is back in production with a second series...
Another one is on the way… In The Club is back in production! It’s 10 months on and all our couples return. The new series brings more secrets, heartbreak, comedy for our characters as they spill out of the world of pregnancy and into the reality of parenthood. But for some of them, the journey is about to start all over again… but for who? All the questions and secrets from series one are waiting to be revealed and there are some new characters with their own stories to be told…
The Syndicate - Episode 6 on 7th July 9pm BBC One
It’s the day of Hazelwood Manor’s grand opening. Godfrey has a meticulous tick list of the day’s timings, but has time run out for Amy. With wounded Nick’s revelation that Spencer Cavendish was the last person seen dragging Amy away from his caravan, ringing in Dawn’s ears, she asks Sean to take her to Spencer’s yacht to get some answers. When the crafty cad surfaces with scratches on his face, suspicions rise - perhaps he does have more than just Dom Perignon on board? Meanwhile Lord Hazelwood has to convince Julie to confess all to Sarah or they risk losing everything. Has winning fourteen and a half million enriched our Syndicate’s life? Have they bought into a world of worry or will they live happily ever after as Lords and Ladies of their manor?
The Syndicate - Episode 5 on 30th June 9pm BBC One
As the clock ticks for Amy’s safe return it poses more questions, secrets and revelations for our Lottery winners. But will time reveal ‘Who shot nasty Nick?’ - it seems there’s more than one suspect that could have gunpowder on their hands! As renovations for Hazelwood Manor’s kitchen and gardens begin, Godfrey has a burning question for his girlfriend Wendy. Lady Hazelwood tries desperately to repair her crumbling marriage, but are her affections as fake as the paintings? A trip to the bank brings more heartache for Dawn and when wannabe lovers Sarah and Sean turn detective, they unravel more evidence than they were hoping for. Shockwaves swell through the Hazelwood household, leaving Lady Hazelwood and Spencer reeling. Meanwhile Lord Hazelwood receives a piece of information that will change his life.
The Syndicate - Episode 4 on 23rd June 9pm BBC One
Diabetic Amy Stevenson is still missing and things are not looking good. Her mother Dawn is in hospital with a threatened miscarriage and her flaky, fairground boyfriend is answering questions down the nick. The hunt is gathering momentum and finding Amy alive is on the top of our lottery winner’s wish list. Upstairs Lord Hazelwood is hell bent on protecting his assets from his duplicitous wife and artful stepson Spencer. The power of attorney must be revoked, if the estate is to stay in the Hazelwood family and with The Syndicate, but whom can the Lord trust? Celebrations bring more revelations about Lady Hazelwood’s loyalty, Julie speaks her mind and the Americans make Lord Hazelwood an offer he can't possibly refuse. More uncertainties lay ahead for our millionaires and hidden belongings bring about questions. It seems not only Sean McAdams has skeletons in his cupboard.
The Syndicate - Episode 3 on 16th June 9pm BBC ONE
Its four days since Amy went missing and after the discovery of her bloody apron on the moorland and new leads heading nowhere, Dawn is struggling to cope. When a journalist brings new information to light, a furious Andy decides to take the investigation into his own hands. With Sean leaving Hazelwood for good, Sarah struggles with her emotions and tries to convince him to stay. But after doing the press conference he’s in a hurry to leave and he won’t tell her why. As his past catches up with him the syndicate are shocked to discover Sean’s not all that he seems. Meanwhile the staff’s bid for Hazelwood Manor comes under threat as Lady Hazelwood and Spencer try to stop them and the reality of the forged paintings starts to unravel.
The Syndicate - Episode 2 on Tuesday 9th June 9pm BBC ONE
With Amy still missing, a devastated Dawn and Andy call in the police and the investigation into her disappearance gets underway. DI Baker and DS Houghton want to talk to the last person to see Amy and all eyes turn to Godfrey. The syndicate can’t believe he has anything to do with Amy’s disappearance, but as the events of last night begin to unfold, questions and suspicions over his condition and past behavior start to creep into their minds. Is Godfey as harmless as he seems? Meanwhile Lord Hazelwood’s health takes a turn for the worse and he asks Julie and Sarah for their help. But with Lady Hazelwood and Spencer pushing to sell Hazelwood to the Americans, are they too late to help him?
The Syndicate 3 - Starts Tuesday 2nd June 9pm BBC ONE
It’s all hands on deck for the staff of Hazelwood Manor in Scarborough as the Americans arrive for the annual shoot. It’s been years since they last came to Hazelwood and cook JULIE, housekeeper SARAH, cleaner DAWN, gamekeeper SEAN and gardener GODFREY are struggling to keep up appearances on a shoestring budget. But with Lord Hazelwood’s health failing and mounting debts of 6.5 million and counting, is there more to the visit that first meets the eye? The future of Hazelwood and their jobs looks in jeopardy as the staff discover the Americans are there for business rather than pleasure. But high functioning Asperger’s Godfrey thinks he has the answer to all their problems. He been working on a formula to crack the lottery for years and this time he’s sure he’s finally worked it out. He knows the winning numbers - Fourteen and a half million would surely solve all their problems...
The Syndicate 3 hits your screens...
The third series of The Syndicate starts 9pm Tuesday 2nd June on BBC One.
Starring Lenny Henry (Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban), Elizabeth Berrington (Trying Again), Anthony Andrews (The King’s Speech), Sam Phillips (In The Flesh), Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), Melanie Hill (Cilla) and Richard Rankin (The Crimson Field)... amongst others!
In The Club - Series 2 conceived.
Rollem have been commissioned to create a second series of In The Club...
Kay Mellor said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Rollem to be commissioned to produce a second series of In the Club for BBC One. On a personal note, the whole experience from script to screen was such a positive one for me. It’s going to be a bit of a juggling process as I’d love to bring all the characters back but I also want to introduce some new stories. One thing’s for sure, I can’t wait to start the whole process again.”
Charlotte Moore added: “BBC One viewers really took the characters to their hearts and it was exciting to see the show build across the six episodes. Kay Mellor’s story about a group of pregnant women celebrated life in all its joy and tragedy and I’m looking forward to the delivery of series two.”
Filming will resume in Leeds in 2015 for the 6x60-minute episodes for BBC One.
The Syndicate 3 - Coming soon to BBC One.
Who will the 'lucky' winners be this time?
Filming has begun in Yorkshire on the third series of the critically acclaimed, hugely popular BBC One drama The Syndicate, written by Kay Mellor OBE, creator of Band Of Gold, Fat Friends, A Passionate Woman and In The Club.