If you’re someone who likes their zombie shows on the lighter side and who’s wondered why they haven’t had one set on a canal boat in Birmingham, England, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse – then Hulu and ITV have just the series for you. Following up their collaboration on period prostitution drama Harlots, the two comapanies have ordered six-part comedy Zomboat! from ITV-owned Noho Film & Television (Prime Suspect 1973, The Windsors).
Set to launch on ITV2 in the fall and on Hulu later this year, Zomboat! stars Leah Brotherhead (White Gold), Hamza Jeetooa (Doctor Who), Ryan McKen (White Dragon), and Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) – with Rochenda Sandall (Line of Duty, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) guest starring. Co-created by director by Adam Miller (The Windsors, Flack) alongside Will Hartley (Tracey Breaks The News), the series is written by Miller, Hartley, and Liz Doran (Please Like Me).
Zomboat! begins when the zombie apocalypse is unleashed in Birmingham and sisters Kat and Jo, together with unlikely travel companions Sunny and Amar, must flee for their lives by canal boat. Jo has just returned from a season as a club rep and has decided to move back in with younger sister Kat, a computer game addict who buys into every conspiracy theory around. Jo struggles to take her sister seriously when Kat claims the zombie apocalypse is real and happening.
Alongside gym bunny Amar, the upbeat and ready to face things head on character and his oldest friend Sunny, a wannabe misanthrope who’d rather sit out the apocalypse from the comfort of his sofa, Kat, Jo, Sunny and Amar find themselves trapped together on board a narrow boat on the Grand Union canal. As they journey along the canal in their tightly packed living quarters, friendships develop, alliances form, arguments occur and romance blossoms. Along the way, they realize there is no escaping the problems of everyday life, even in a zombie apocalypse.
Commissioned by ITV2’s Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, and Sasha Breslau, Head of Acquired Series, Zomboat! is executive produced by Noho Film & Television’s Camilla Campbell and Robert Wulff-Cochrane; with Matthew Mulot producing.