Sky Living HD today announces that actress Jo Joyner (Eastenders, No Angels), will take a leading role as Meg in Simon Blackwell’s “Trying Again”, an original British comedy about a couple struggling with life after an affair.
Also announced is Chris Addison (The Thick Of it, In The Loop, Mock The Week) who will play Matt, Charles Edwards (Holy Flying Circus, Downton Abbey) as Ian, Matt’s love rival, and Alun Cochrane (The Frank Skinner Absolute Radio Show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) as Sam, Matt’s best friend. Chris Addison has also co-created “Trying Again”, alongside his “The Thick of It” partner Simon Blackwell.
Made for Sky Living HD by Avalon Television, “Trying Again” is a warm, funny sitcom about trying to mend a relationship after an affair. Set in The Lake District, Meg (Jo Joyner) and Matt (Chris Addison) are meant to be together, they’re pretty sure of that. And they really are trying to put her indiscretion with her boss Iain behind them. But it’s not easy when you live in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business and you have bills to pay.
Highlighting friendships and love and all the problems those things bring, “Trying Again” is a warm, charming comedy that focuses on a real relationship between real people who make mistakes but live in the hope that love will conquer all.
Jo Joyner said: “I am thrilled to be part of such an exciting project with such a wonderful team of not just actors, but writers and creatives. As an actor it is very exciting to be part of a project like this right from the beginning and have a true creative input.”
Chris Addison said: “We’ve been dying to make this show for years so it’s really exciting to be getting it off the ground with such a great cast.”
Collaborating with Simon and Chris is co-writer Tony Roche (The Thick of It, Fresh Meat, Veep, In The Loop), and Jesse Armstrong (The Thick of It, Veep, Peep Show, Fresh Meat), who will script-edit. Fresh from directing Sky 1’s smash-hit comedy Moone Boy, Ian Fitzgibbonwill direct and Caroline Norris (Horrible Histories) is the producer.
With a writing team of the highest calibre, great storytelling, smart characters and relationships at its heart “Trying Again” (8 x 30) embodies the new phase Sky Living is entering under the directorship of Antonia Hurford-Jones.
“Trying Again” has been commissioned by Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy for Sky. Commissioning editor Saskia Schuster is the executive producer.