Hennessy & Friends to star in Dave Allen film for BBC Two with Aidan Gillen.

Hennessy & Friends star in Dave Allen biopic with Aidan Gillen

Miranda Hennessy, David Seymour and Steven Shapland (AKA sketch group ‘Hennessy & Friends’ ) will play Dave Allen’s Sketch Team in the new BBC comedy drama ‘ Dave Allen at Peace ‘. Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen will play the title role in the BBC Two film that will tell the story of the controversial Irish comedian, and examine how his personal life impacted on his career.

Gillen, who is from Dublin, is joined by fellow Game of Thrones actor Conleth Hill (Varys), who will play Allen’s brother. Father Ted’s Tommy Tiernan will play Allen’s father, while Joanne Crawford, from Line of Duty, will play his mother.

The film will be structured in a way that reflects Allen’s original television act, in which he sat on a bar stool and shared memories and reflections while drinking whisky. Gillen will play the comic in a similar style, with his reflections on his earlier years and career shown through flashbacks and comedy sketches performed by Gillen with his team Hennessy, Seymour & Shapland.

The film is written by Peaky Blinders’ Stephen Russell and directed by Andi de Emmony.

Miranda stars with Freddie Flintoff in Summer Comedy Short for Sky.

Sky reveals its Summer season…
Wealth of talent in new comedy shorts

Sharon Horgan, Joe Wilkinson and Morgana Robinson – and even former cricketer Andrew Flintoff – are among those involved in the next batch of comedy shorts for Sky Arts.

Seven one-offs, themed around summer, will be available on demand from June 28 and follow previous seasons of Christmas, Valentines, Ireland and horror shorts.

Andrew Flintoff’s Summer: Pacino and Bert

Starring: Andrew Flintoff, Miranda Hennessy and Louis Emerick
Written by: Daniel Maier
A series of encounters between a tongue-tied dog walker and the woman of his dreams. Could she be ‘the one’? He might find out, if only he can keep up with his dog, and his brain can keep up with his mouth…
It has been written by Daniel Maier who frequently writes gags for Harry Hill, and Charlie Brooker.

Stella Wind screening

A screening of a new comedy pilot starring Miranda Hennessy will be screening at 75 Dean street on 31st May at 7pm.

Starring Miranda Hennessy and directed by Jack Carrivick, get a taste for a new comedy drama about a thirty-something, ex-child star who has way too much time on her 

Stella Wind, ex child star,  approaching 30, is still devoid of the desire to grow up and reproduce. Instead her days are spent looking for lost felines or deciding what David Bowie album to listen to. “Wind in the Wick” is a story about a woman who is grounded, self-sufficient and can resist everything but temptation.”  RSVP to jackcarrivick@me.com

Casting announced for Inside No. 9 Series 4.

Miranda Hennessy will guest star alongside a stellar list which includes Emilia Fox, Noel Clarke and Zoe Wanamaker.

RADIO TIMES ARTICLE… Emilia Fox, Nicola Walker and Car Share’s Sian Gibson confirmed for series four of Inside No 9. The new series of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s darkly comic anthology series has started shooting and there’s some big name guest stars…Read more


Miranda stars in BBC Two / NBCUniversal’s upcoming Victorian Medical Comedy ‘Quacks’. She joins cast Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Tom Basden (Plebs) Lydia Leonard (Life In Squares) and Rupert Everett.

 Link to deadline article.

BBC Two is turning back the clock for its latest comedy order with 1840s-set medical series, Quacks. NBCUniversal International Studios’ Lucky Giant (BBC Two/HBO’s Family Tree) will produce six half-hours about four young pioneers in the daring and wild days of Victorian medicine with shooting to start later this year. Created and written by James Wood, best known for co-creating the network’s BAFTA-winning Rev, it will star Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Tom Basden (Plebs) and Lydia Leonard (Life In Squares). Rupert Everett is due to make guest appearances.
The story takes place at a time when medical science as we know it was still in its infancy; when doctors were just as likely to kill their patients as cure them; and when they experimented on themselves and each other. The show explores an era of surgery when the O.R. — or operating theater in British parlance — was full of spectacle and showmanship (and screw-ups).
Kinnear will play one of those showmen, an arrogant surgeon; Baynton is in as a fledgling psychiatrist; Basden as a hedonistic dentist turned anesthetist; and Leonard as a headstrong social campaigner.
BBC Two’s Shane Allen says the setting “lends itself well to raucous high adventure and inappropriate behavior all in the name of progress.”
Lucky Giant’s Justin Davies, who is exec producing with Wood, adds that the characters are “the would-be rock stars of the medical world and while their intentions are sincere, the results are often brilliantly deranged and funny.”
The series is being made in association with charitable health foundation, The Wellcome Trust.