Warren is a new BBC One comedy series – who’s on the cast and what’s it all about?
Created and written by Jimmy Donny Cosgrove and Paul McKenna, the original six part sitcom from Hat Trick Productions centres around the life of Warren Thompson (Martin Clunes), a pedantic driving instructor who thinks the world is against him.
Warren suddenly finds himself in his mid-fifties, forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill.
Warren’s living in an area he doesn’t like, doing a job he’s not emotionally cut out for and looking after two teenage stepsons, Charlie and Danny he never wanted.
Warren airs at 9PM on Monday nights on BBC One over six, 30 minute episodes.
Warren is played by Martin Clunes, Anne is played by Lisa Millett, Charlie is played by Tim Preston, Danny is played by Oscar Morgan, Ian is played by Neil Edmond, Liz is played by Martine Brown.
Martin Clunes says of the series: “I had kind of told myself that I didn’t want to do another sitcom, but because this came from Hat Trick I thought it was worth a read and the script is just so funny that I didn’t want anyone else to do it.”
Jimmy Mulville, Managing Director, Hat Trick Productions added: “Great scripts attract great actors and this was the case with Warren. Martin plays the central role to perfection and is supported by a fantastic cast. We can’t wait to make it.”
In the first episode tonight, Warren Thompson suddenly finds himself in his mid-50s, forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill.
Warren’s living in an area he doesn’t like, doing a job he’s not emotionally cut out for, and looking after two teenage stepsons, Charlie and Danny, that he never wanted.
Never blessed with any sort of patience or a paternal instinct, Warren just wants an easy life. He’s happy with a clean house, a neat garden, and a nice cup of tea. But thanks to his naturally difficult personality, Warren is constantly finding himself in sticky situations.
He’s always making life hard for himself and often on the verge of losing it. There are no happy endings for Warren as he grapples against the problems and misunderstandings of his own making.
Warren pushes his eldest stepson Charlie into getting a job at the local garden centre so he can get a discount on pond liner, to rival his annoying neighbour Ian. Meanwhile, Anne and her sister Liz visit a clairvoyant and get a bleak reading of things to come on the cul-de-sac.