BBC Comedy and Fudge Park announce White Gold
I would like to thank the BBC and Shane Allen for giving us this glorious opportunity to recreate the Essex of my youth - a time before the invention of 'Essex girls' jokes, fake tan or TOWIE.Damon Beesley, Writer, Director
Written and directed by Damon Beesley
6 x 30min for BBC Two
BBC Comedy and Fudge Park Productions today announce White Gold, an original six-part comedy series written and directed by the award-winning Damon Beesley (The Inbetweeners series and movies) and commissioned by Shane Allen Controller, Comedy Commissioning.
White Gold will star Ed Westwick, (Gossip Girl, Son Of Rambow), Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat), James Buckley (The Inbetweeners, Rock & Chips) and Lauren O’Rourke (Drifters, This Is England 90).
White Gold is the story of a double-glazing showroom in Essex in 1983, led by charismatic salesman Vincent (Ed Westwick). Smart, handsome and cocksure, Vincent will happily break the rules if it guarantees a sale. It’s a story of dodgy shenanigans, scams and petty rivalries - alongside free-flowing drugs, cash and sex.
Ed Westwick says: “I am very excited to be stepping into the world of White Gold. It’s brilliantly crafted and very unique, a special piece. I'm sure a great road lies ahead and I couldn't be in better company than with the BBC and Fudge Park.”
Shane Allen, Head of BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: “I’m delighted to be back in the ring with Damon as I absolutely adore his writing. These characters jump off the page and get you in a headlock. The story-telling combines raucous knockabout humour with a really powerful and emotionally engaging undertow."
Damon Beesley, Writer, Director and Co-Founder of Fudge Park, says: "I would like to thank the BBC and Shane Allen for giving us this glorious opportunity to recreate the Essex of my youth - a time before the invention of 'Essex girls' jokes, fake tan or TOWIE. A time when having double-glazed patio doors installed meant you were winning at life. It’s hugely exciting to work with such a talented, brilliant cast and quite frankly I can’t wait for shooting to start."
The executive producers are Caroline Leddy, Iain Morris and Simon Wilson and the producer is Phil Gilbert. It is set to film in Essex this autumn and will transmit on BBC Two next year.
White Gold will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. Jonathan Blyth, Director of Comedy at BBC Worldwide, says: “We are thrilled to be working with Fudge Park on such an ambitious live wire comedy, and hugely excited about building an Essex-enthused fan base for White Gold around the world.”