The show is an autobiographical comedy-drama starring Alan Carr and has some top British acting talent on its hands. It’s a down to earth journey through eighties Britain in Northampton and details what it’s like to be gay in a harsher Britain than today.
Ahead of the launch Alan revealed that he found writing his sitcom a “stressful experience.”
The 46-year-old comedian joked that he’ll finally appreciate winning an award after writing ‘Changing Ends’, which centres on Alan’s life in Northampton in the 1980s.
Changing Ends is co-written by the BAFTA award winning Alan Carr and the Scottish BAFTA & RTS award winning Simon Carlyle (Two Doors Down), based on Alan’s own life in Northampton in the 1980’s growing up as the son of a fourth division football manager.
Alan stars in the series as himself in present day, whilst taking on the role of young Alan is rising star Oliver Savell (Belfast).
Also joining the stellar cast are Shaun Dooley and Nancy Sullivan playing Alan’s parents Graham and Christine along with Taylor Fay as his younger brother Gary.
Playing Alan’s neighbours are Rourke Mooney and Gabby Best as Charlie and Angela along with Harry Peacock as Nigel. Guest stars include David Mumeni as Mr Chapman and Michael Socha as Adam.
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.
The series is produced by Baby Cow Productions and written by Alan Carr and Simon Carlyle. The director is Dave Lambert. The Exec producers are Baby Cow’s Sarah Monteith and Rupert Majendie, alongside Alan Carr, Danny Julian and Simon Carlyle. Mollie Freedman Berthoud will serve as series producer.
The series dropped on ITVX on Thursday and is free to stream in the UK.