Need a laugh? Critics say Alan Carr's new sitcom has you covered
A brand new 6 x 30 autobiographical comedy for ITVX and IVT1 starring Alan Carr, made by the multi-award-winning Baby Cow Productions.
Changing Ends is authored by the BAFTA award winning Alan Carr and the Scottish BAFTA & RTS award winning Simon Carlyle (Two Doors Down), based on Alan’s own life in Northampton in the 1980’s growing up as the son of a fourth division football manager.
Alan stars in the series as himself in the present day, whilst rising star Oliver Savell (Belfast) takes on the role of Young Alan
The comedy series is more than just a trip down memory lane, it’s a love letter to a time and a town where things weren’t always so inclusive. Told with a warmth and wit, it follows Alan’s journey through puberty, adolescence, and finally self-discovery, all against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain. As showcased in many of Alan’s stand-up shows, his experience as a gay teenager in the East Midlands is a veritable treasure trove with a rich comedic seam, whether it’s his sexual awakenings, his daily battle with bullies or navigating the highs and lows of Fourth division football. It’s about school and family, Kevin Keegan and George Michael, and figuring out who you are when your family are Match of the Day and you’re a bit Miss Marple.
01.06_ Heat: ★★★★ Review
02.06_ The Guardian: ★★★★ Review
02.06_ The Independent: ★★★★★ Review
KEY FEATURES AND HIGHLIGHTS
24.05_ i: Carr ‘jumped for joy’ at sitcom casting
27.05_ Inside Soap: ‘I mince through the door like someone’s let a flamingo in!’
29.05_ Woman’s Own Magazine: ‘Expect Lots of Giggles!’
31.05_Radio Times: A laugh-out-loud autobiographical comedy with a lot of heart
‘It would take a hard heart not to fall for Changing Ends. It is a steamroller of a comedy, open, welcoming and beaming with easy charm’ – The Guardian
Alan Carr’s new autobiographical sitcom, Changing Ends, is that most joyous of things: a smart, inventive, honest and charming coming-of-age story. It’s also, in the case of Carr, the making of a national treasure’ – The Independent
‘Each episode goes by in a dizzying flash of tenderness and a healthy dose of comedy, making Changing Ends a delight to lap up. It’s a coming out story that isn’t bookended by trauma or sadness – which is a privilege in and of itself – but the series was always going to be an easy-going on where Carr is involved’ – Radio Times
‘Changing Ends has made a clear success of turning 1980’s bigotry into a funny, feelgood half-hour. And it will make a star of young Savell, more than likely’ – Chortle