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Donna is all set to marry her dependable fiancé Karl and begin her life as a normal productive member of society. But on her hen night, as she watches her friends go wild (Louise stage-diving onto a table-full of builders and Karen dragging the stripper into the toilets), she realises with absolute drunken clarity that single girls have more fun. After her eighth Bacardi Breezer she declares that her wedding is off and that she is moving in with her friends. What she doesn’t see is Louise nursing two broken finger-tips and Karen scraping stripper stains off her skirt the morning after. Pulling is a comedy about the loneliness of having too much fun. It’s about living in zone three but with zone one aspirations.
Lucy Lumsden commissioned the show which was created by Sharon Horgan, Dennis Kelly and Harry Thompson and written by Sharon Horgan (Pilot Show, Monkey Dust, Friday Night Project) and Dennis Kelly (Debris, After the End, The Colony, Monkey Dust). It will be produced by Phil Bowker (Time Gentlemen Please, 15 Storeys High), directed by Tristram Shapeero (Absolute Power, Green Wings, Peep Show) and is due to air in the Autumn.
PRAISE FOR ‘PULLING’
‘I laughed until I cried’ Lucy Mangan, The Guardian
‘BBC 3’s excellent new six-part comedy drama series… Horgan is clearly gifted comedic presence of Julia Davis-like proportions.’ Victor Lewis Smith, London Evening Standard
‘Nicely written, winningly performed and very entertaining’ Time Out
‘This is a South London Bridget Jones with a keener edge and won’t disappoint.’ Marie Claire
‘A sharp and filthy script, and excellent, naturalistic performances, result in levels of toe-curling mortification not seen since The Office, or the early films of Mike Leigh. One to watch, if you can bear to’ The Independent on Sunday ABC Magazine
‘Rejoice in this funny perceptive, occasionally excruciating sitcom. It’s shiny and sharp, like a Sabatier, so please watch’ The Guardian
‘This sharp new comedy is set to keep you hooked.’ Mail on Sunday Live Magazine
‘Often very funny…an unsentimental antidote to Sex and the City, which is at its best when showing selfishness or sexual rivalry trumping sisterly solidarity.’ The Sunday Times
‘[A] likeable, rather rude new comedy series…with an endearing turn by Sharon Horgan as Donna’ The Times
‘A terribly filthy comedy drama, right from the very first scene’ Daily Mail Weekend
‘A cracker of a new comedy…with a superb script (co-written by Horgan) and great performances, this is a real feel-good, girls’ night out of a sitcom’ Daily Mirror We Love Telly!
‘Pulling is the sharpest, freshest and boldest comedy of the year, immaculately written and beautifully performed by a uniformly excellent cast.’ The Stage
‘Modern version of Girls Behaving Badly.’ The Sun
‘An excellent new sitcom’ Heat
‘Horgan…is terrific, and there were moments… of real horror.’ The Independent
‘This tale of twenty/ thirtysomething relationships is driven along by a real sense that chaos lurks very near the surface of all it’s characters…not to mention good jokes and clever swearing… macabre but big laughs are on the cards.’ The Guardian Guide
New flat-sharing comedy that’s anything but flat…[a] promising double bill to start this new sitcom.’ The Guardian Guide
‘With this wickedly funny comedy, Sharon Horgan may well have wrestled the crown for funniest-if-slightly-warped writer/actress from the head of Julia Davis. Yes, it’s that good.’ Total TV
Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly
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