Brand new North Wales-based family drama announced; Acorn Media Enterprises with Acorn TV join as exclusive North American co-production partner

September 13, 2018 - Larry Lamb (EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey, New Tricks) is set to take center stage in Pitching In, a new family drama for BBC One Wales and BBC One Daytime.

Made by the highly acclaimed LA Productions (Broken, Moving On), Pitching In is set around a caravan park on the north Wales coast. It tells the story of three generations of the same family, all struggling to make the best of a very unusual – and sometimes very difficult – situation.

It will also feature an all-star cast including Golden Globe award-winner Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap, Pollyanna, Wild at Heart), Caroline Sheen and Ifan Huw Dafydd (Requiem, The Indian Doctor).

Acorn Media Enterprises, RLJ Entertainment’s UK development division, is the North American and Australian co-production partner and will feature its North American debut on Acorn TV as an Acorn TV Original Series. International distributor ZDF Enterprises is distributing in the rest of the world. Filming began on Monday, September 10 in Wales.

Larry Lamb said: “Eleven years after Gavin and Stacey burst onto the scene I’m heading out west again, switching Barry Island for Anglesey this time! I’m delighted to be playing the role of Frank in Pitching In – it’s a touching, funny and romantic story and a fascinating glimpse of life on the north Wales coast.”

BBC Cymru Wales Head of Commissioning Nick Andrews said: “We all need more ‘feel good’ in our lives and this warm family drama promises to be just that. Pitching In is a comedy drama about family, friendship and community, which will showcase the beauty of north Wales.”

BBC Controller of Programming and Daytime Dan McGolpin said: “Hot on the heels of their RTS award for Moving On, this is a new drama from LA Productions and also a new collaboration with BBC Wales. It’s a welcome addition to the BBC Daytime drama slate and our audience are going to enjoy getting to know these naturally funny characters and their life struggles in the beautiful countryside of north Wales.”

Colin McKeown from LA Productions said: “Drama can take many shapes and forms and impact on an audience by informing, educating and fundamentally entertaining. Yes it's important when it's socially relevant but it's also equally important when it simply makes you laugh. Pitching In provides an audience with a lovely feeling of well-being and hopefully provides a warm smile.”

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director of Acorn Media Enterprises, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with BBC Wales, BBC One, and LA Productions on another high-quality production. With a stellar cast led by Larry Lamb and Hayley Mills, gorgeous setting, and highly enjoyable script, we know Acorn TV’s subscribers will enjoy this new series.”

Contact: Chad Campbell | Acorn TV | ccampbell@acorn.tv

About Acorn TV:

North America’s largest streaming service for British and international drama, Acorn TV, with Acorn Media Enterprises is having an incredible year with its expansion into twelve Latin American countries; commission announcements for the straight-to-series order of British drama London Kills Series 1 and 2 starring Hugh Speers and Sharon Small, Agatha Raisin, Series 2 starring Ashley Jensen, and Queens of Mystery starring Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward and Olivia Vinall; co-production announcements for Irish comedy Finding Joy, Welsh sensation Keeping Faith starring Eve Myles, and Aussie comedy Sando; and the licensing of hit ABC Australia drama Mystery Road, British police procedural No Offence, Aussie conspiracy thriller Jack Irish, and BAFTA Cymru Award nominated S4C dramas Hidden with BBC Wales and Bang. Read recent announcements at https://www.rljentertainment.com/press-room/

About RLJ Entertainment:

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE’s titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. Investors in RLJE include Chairman Robert L. Johnson and AMC Networks. For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.tv, and UMC.tv.

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