Big Mood start date and cast of new Channel 4 comedy

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Nicola Coughlan and Lydia West star in brand new Channel 4 comedy Big Mood – here’s all the details.


Big Mood release date

Big Mood will start on Channel 4 on Thursday, 28 March at 10PM. The full series will be available on Channel 4 Streaming from the same date.

The series is described as “a vivacious and rebellious portrayal of female friendship when infiltrated by the complexities of a serious mental illness.”

The six-part show from writer and creator Camilla Whitehill will explore the messy pitfalls and idiosyncrasies of navigating adulthood through wicked humour, daft anecdotes, and unsettling truths.

Maggie (Nicola Coughlan)
Big Mood Pictured: Maggie (Nicola Coughlan)
Pictured: Maggie (Nicola Coughlan) and Eddie (Lydia West)

The plot

Best friends Maggie and Eddie played by Nicola Coughlan (Bridgerton, Derry Girls) and Lydia West (It’s A Sin, Inside Man) have lived in each other’s pockets for ten years, through thick, thin, and multiple challenging eyebrow trends.

But with the rest of their lives looming, careers hanging in the balance, and Maggie’s bipolar disorder making an unwelcome return to form, Eddie begins to question whether this friendship is really in their best interests.

It’s a pivotal point in both their lives, bringing to the surface those all-important questions – could sleeping with your former History teacher be the key to happiness? Is a basement Rat Hotel a functional alternative to pest control?


How do you stop your new psychiatrist giving you worry dolls? With their twenties behind them, Maggie and Eddie’s relationship faces the future – can it survive?

Maggie (Nicola Coughlan) and Eddie (Lydia West)
Big Mood/ Pictured: Maggie (Nicola Coughlan) and Eddie (Lydia West)

Meet the cast

Joining the series’ ensemble is Niamh Cusack (The Virtues), Eamon Farren (The Witcher), Luke Fetherston (Flowers in the Attic: The Origin), Kate Fleetwood (Wheel of Time), Rob Gilbert (Big Boys), Rebecca Lowman (Prime Suspect), Sally Phillips (Veep), Ukweli Roach (Wolf) and Amalia Vitale (Willow).

Other members of the cast include Olu Adaeze (Top Boy), Max Bennett (Poldark), Skylar Betteridge, David Bedella (Inside No. 9), Tim Downie (Toast of London), Ron Donachie, Sarah Durham (Sex Education), Lara Grace Ilori, Neil Edmond, Amy Gledhill (Alma’s Not Normal), content creator Maddie Grace Jepson, Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Layla-Belle Matthews, Simon Meacock (Outlander), David Mumeni (Stath Lets Flats), David Newman, Freya Parker (Lazy Susan), Shuna Snow, Sid Sagar, Stephen Sobal, Lottie Tolhurst, Isobel Thom, Robin Weaver (Extraordinary).

The show will also feature a special guest appearance from Joanna Page (Love Actually, Gavin and Stacey), who will be playing herself.

Nicola Coughlan said: “When I first met Camilla Whitehill long, long ago, during the time of Indie Sleaze, I quickly realised she was one of the funniest and most talented people I’d ever met. It was always our dream for us to work on something together, and now Channel 4 are making that dream come true. I can’t wait to make this show with this amazing group of people.”


Lydia West added: “I’m so happy to be working with Camilla and Nicola on this project. The writing is genius, and the subject explores the mental health struggles that all of our generation face – coupled with how to navigate complicated, loving and nuanced friendship. Channel 4 is the perfect home for this heart-warming, hilarious, savvy comedy and I feel truly honoured to tell this story which touched my heart.”

Camilla Whitehill enthused: “Getting my own Channel 4 comedy still feels like some kind of long form prank, Punk’d style. But on the off chance it isn’t, I am beside myself to be making this show with such an incredible team of people, a cast that I’d be jealous of if it wasn’t my cast, and for a channel that’s produced some of my favourite shows of all time.”

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