New BBC comedy Hospital People, which features guest appearances from the likes of Russell Brand, Sally Phillips, Mark Williams and Alex MacQueen, has just begun filming.
Hospitals are mainly about the medical staff and the patients but what about the other inhabitants? Hospital People follows the lives of Brimlington Hospital’s inept DJ Ivan Brackenbury, its ambitious manger, Susan Mitchell, porter and spirit medium Ian D Montfort and overenthusiastic chaplain Father Kenny Mercer. Series regulars include Amit Shah as Sunny, Susan’s assistant, Janine Duvitski as Mrs Leydon, the Chapel assistant and Mandeep Dhillon as Shaz, Ivan’s trainee producer.
Alex Moody, Commissioning Editor, BBC Comedy says: “We could not be more excited about welcoming Tom Binns’ extraordinary collection of Hospital People to BBC One.”
Familiar faces appearing in fictional Brimlington Hospital through the series will include Sally Phillips (Miranda), Russell Brand, Sian Gibson (Car Share), Alex MacQueen (The Inbetweeners), Mark Williams (Father Brown) and James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley). The show follows the lives of a collection of characters connected to the hospital in some way; all played by writer and comedian Tom Binns.
Ash Atalla, MD Roughcut TV says: “We’re really happy about our first BBC One series commission. Roughcut TV is all grown up and delighted to be making a show for Britain’s most prestigious channel. Hospital People is a testament to our talented team. And now we go to work to make this series the very best it can be.”
The 6 x 30 series is written by Tom Binns, Matt Morgan and Paul Doolan. Commissioned by Alex Moody for the BBC it is the first series for BBC One from Rough Cut Television, producers of the acclaimed Cuckoo and People Just Do Nothing for BBC Three. The series will be executive produced by Ash Atalla and Jon Petrie, produced by Emma Lawson and directed by Paul Murphy. Hospital People will air on BBC One later this year.