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Bolton comedy commissioned for full BBC series after hit pilot

Alma's Not Normal

Bolton-set comedy Alma’s Not Normal has been commissioned for a full BBC Two series following a hit pilot that aired on the channel two weeks ago.

The show is created, starring and executive produced by Sophie Willan, the inaugural winner of the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Bursary Award in 2018. It centres on Boltonian ‘wild-child’ Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

The pilot on April 7th was watched by an audience of more than one millio, trended on Twitter and received critical and audience acclaim.

The series (6×30’, including the pilot), which is being produced by Expectation, follows Alma as she tries to get her life back on track following a recent break-up.

Her mum, who is battling a heroin addiction, has been sectioned for arson and her ‘vampish Grandma’ Joan wants nothing to do with it.

Willan said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the fabulous response to the pilot and I’m so excited to be developing the series! I’ve already been using the lockdown as a chance to get cracking so I’m just pleased to have the official go ahead! I can’t wait to get it made and share the world of Alma with everyone.”

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, added: “Alma’s Not Normal landed so wonderfully formed with its distinctiveness, heart on sleeve charm, sparky humour and knockout cast.

“Sophie’s raw honesty, eye for characterisation and comedic insouciance have resulted in a cracking show bursting with potential. We just couldn’t resist a series and hope it does the memory and spirit of Caroline Aherne very proud.”

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