A new six-part comedy for Sky 1 starring Sue Johnston is to begin filming in The Space Project in Manchester.

Rovers is a 6x30min series from Jellylegs Productions, the company co-founded by Craig Cash (The Royle Family).

Written by Joe Wilkinson (Him & Her) and David Earl (Derek), it’s billed as a down-to-earth comedy about the fans of local lower league football team Redbridge Rovers, and features Cash’s former Royle Family co-star, Sue Johnston.

Rovers will take up residence in one of the purpose built stages at The Space Project from now until the end of the year.

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Gill Isles, producer of Rovers, said: “Rovers is all about the fans who week in, week out turn up to support their local team. It’s a real celebration of non-league football and it’s a pleasure to be shooting it at The Space Project.”

Susan Woodward, founder of The Space Project, added: “If there are two things Manchester is known for across the UK and world, it’s football and television, making The Space Project the perfect home for what is set to be a wonderful new comedy.”

Other productions currently underway at The Space Project include The A Word for BBC One and Houdini & Doyle for ITV Encore. Past productions have included Channel 4’s No Offence and BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den, Boy Meets Girl and Cradle to Grave.

Construction on an expansion phase creating a 30,000 sq. ft. sound stage and associated support spaces, plus 50,000 square feet of business support rental space at The Space Project, is now underway.