News item dated:21/10/2014

Honor Blackman cast to create turmoil in Gold's sitcom; You, Me & Them

Gold, the nation's favourite comedy channel, has revealed that the iconic Goldfinger and Avengers star Honor Blackman will make a guest appearance in the second series of the channel's scripted sitcom, You, Me & Them Blackman will play Rose, Ed's vital and eccentric mother, who is quite ready to cause chaos between her son and his girlfriend given half a chance. At the age of eighty, Rose has the tireless nature of a person a quarter her age and even though she seems harmless to Lauren, Ed warns her she will create turmoil.

Honor Blackman says: "I think they are lovely people, and a terrific team and I look forward to having fun with them. Anthony Head and Eve Myles have a wonderful relationship; I am going to see if I can rattle their cage a bit!"

Filming has now commenced and includes returning cast Anthony Head (Little Britain, Merlin, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and award-winning Welsh actress Eve Myles (Frankie, Torchwood). This funny and engaging sitcom tells the story of Ed (Head) and Lauren (Myles). The couple are madly in love, despite their 25-plus year age gap, but Lauren‘s family and everyone around them seems to have an opinion on the subject.

Steve North, General Manager of Gold, commented, "Honor Blackman may be the same age as the Queen and it is 50 years since she played the infamous Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, but she is still beautiful, mesmerising and a legendary actress. I am delighted she is joining our brilliant cast and the eccentric You, Me & Them family."

Jimmy Mulville, Executive Producer, Hat Trick added, "We‘re thrilled to have such an icon of British film join the cast of You Me and Them. Honor plays a fantastically naughty and funny character who is definitely not growing old gracefully".

The new series, scheduled to air in 2015, is created and written by Steve Turner, whose comedy credits include ITV‘s Great Night Out. He is working with multiple award-winning writer Jonathan Harvey, whose credits include Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.

The second series of You, Me & Them has been commissioned by UKTV‘s Director of Commissioning, Richard Watsham, Commissioning Editor Simon Lupton is Executive Producer for UKTV, and the series has been ordered by Gold‘s General Manager Steve North. The Executive Producers for Hat Trick Productions are Helen Williams (Some Girls, Spy) and Jimmy Mulville and the Producer is Angela Sinden (Great Night Out).

You, Me & Them is the latest in a line of original series for Gold. The channel recently announced it has commissioned the ultimate Monty Python documentary, Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, which will air this November. Earlier this year Gold secured the exclusive UK broadcast rights for the last night of Monty Python Live (Mostly); with nearly one million individuals tuning in, it is the channel's highest ever rating show.