BBC One has announced the cast of the brand new family comedy, The Kennedys, which starts filming today.
The six-part aspirational family comedy set in the 1970s is created and written by actress, writer and TV presenter Emma Kennedy, and will star BAFTA award-winning actress Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Dan Skinner (Shooting Stars, House of Fools), Lucy Hutchison (The Politician’s Husband), Harry Peacock (Toast of London) and Emma Pierson (Up The Women).
The Kennedys is a multi-generation family comedy loosely based on Emma’s memoirs ‘The Tent, The Bucket and Me.’ Each episode is introduced by Emma Kennedy played by Lucy Hutchison, a 10-year-old Star Wars obsessed tom-boy who is happy to tag along with her much-loved parents, Brenda and Tony Kennedy played by Katherine Parkinson and Dan Skinner.
The Kennedy family have just moved into a new estate in Stevenage, New Town and arrive to a concrete maze of identical houses. Delighted and enthused at the fact they are now on the cusp of being considered middle class, they quickly embrace community spirit and organise activities for the whole neighbourhood to get involved in. In each episode, The Kennedys pursue every opportunity they can to climb the social ladder from organising an ‘Opportunity Knocks’ style talent show to hosting the estate’s first ever dinner party.
The Kennedys best friends are an unmarried couple, Tim the 70s alpha-male played by Harry Peacock, and the young yet traditional Jenny played by Emma Pierson. Shola Adewusi and Clive Rowe also feature in the series and play The Kennedys unassuming and often confused neighbours, Dee and David.
Emma Kennedy, creator and writer of The Kennedys said, “I grew up on a council estate when they were places of aspirational wonder. Social housing was simply the greatest start in life a young family could have, and in The Kennedys I hope I have delivered a series that reflects that hope and joy. It’s been a sharp thrill from start to finish.”
Myfanwy Moore, Controller of UK Comedy Production at BBC said, “The series is a joyful and nostalgic reflection on growing up in a time of innocence and double denim. Warm family life is punctuated by anarchic fun and silliness, as portrayed by a wonderfully funny cast.”
The Kennedys will air on BBC One later this year.