In a relatively new example of a television concept actually being exported from the U.S. to the U.K., Channel 4 will be remaking Showtime‘s Emmy-nominated series Web Therapy into the upcoming dark comedy Hang Ups. The six-episode series stars Stephen Mangan (Episodes) as Richard Pitt, a therapist at a personal and professional crossroads who begins treating patients via webcam. David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Jessica Hynes (W1A) are just some of the actors lined-up to appear before Pitt’s camera.
After his regular practice collapses, Pitt takes his practice online with a line-up of clients who present a shopping list of neuroses, phobias, issues, anxieties and psychopathies during their heavily-improvised therapy sessions. But Pitt’s greatest challenges are the daily demands of an extended family, errant teenagers and his own trouble-filled past.
Also appearing in the series are Richard E Grant (Withnail & I), Katherine Parkinson (Humans), Karl Theobald (Alan Partridge), Arsher Ali (Line Of Duty), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner), Tolu Ogunmefun (Drifters), Monica Dolan (W1A), Sarah Hadland (Miranda), Lolly Adefope (Loaded), John Macmillan (Chewing Gum) and Harry Lloyd (Manhattan).
Along with his turn as Sean Lincoln in Episodes, Mangan is also known for his roles as Guy Secretan in Green Wing; Dan Moody in I’m Alan Partridge; and Postman Pat in Postman Pat: The Movie. On Broadway, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Norman in The Norman Conquests; and also starred as Bertie Wooster in 2014’s Olivier Award-winning production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Hang Ups is set to air in 2018, with Mangan co-scripting the series with series director Robert Delamere. Kevin Loader and Mangan are serving as executive producers; with Slam Films covering production and FremantleMedia International handling world sales.