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BBC One announce new comedy Undoing Martin Parker

The six-part comedy has been co-created and written by Paul Coleman and Sian Gibson.

Undoing Martin Parker is set in Manchester in 1990, in the last days of Thatcher and was announced during a spotlight session on the BBC at this year's Edinburgh Television Festival.

We meet Martin Parker, played by Conleth Hill, a self-made impresario with the ambition of Alan Sugar and the swagger of Kilroy Silk.

A man with a chain of electrical stores bearing his name, he seems to have it all. But the truth is, times are changing. He’s swimming in debt, his complicated private life is catching up with him and he’s starting to lose his power. 

Undoing Martin Parker plots his downfall at the hands of all those he’s screwing over with his lust for money, sex and success. Including wife Diane, played by Rosie Cavaliero, father-in-law Dougie, played by George Costigan, Mobile Hairdresser Kath, played by Sian Gibson and Kath’s best mate Gladys, played by Sheila Reid. With 90’s big hair and big laughs to match.

Speaking about the new series, Sian Gibson said “Luckily my fashion sense hasn’t changed since 1990 so it’s a dream to be reliving my youth and dusting off my crimpers with this amazing cast and wonderful team.”

To which co-creator and co-writer Paul Coleman added “Thrilled to be writing this series and working with such a wonderfully talented cast, who are all helping us shine a much needed light on the themes of family feuds, revenge and top loading VCRs.”

And BBC’s Director of Comedy, Jon Petrie said “Sian and Paul have created an irresistible gang of comedy characters and a world packed with joyful nostalgia. The quality of their writing is matched by a fantastic cast and we’re incredibly excited to introduce Martin Parker and bring this lovable rogue to BBC audiences next year."

The series will be produced by Gill Isles, executive produced by Kate Daughton for Boffola pictures, Faith Penhale for Lookout Point, and Head of BBC Comedy Tanya Qureshi.


Filming will commence in early 2023 in Stockport.

Undoing Martin Parker will air on BBC One


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