Press Release

The Cup

The Cup in production for BBC Two

29 Jan 2008

The comedy series The Cup, about the selfish and obsessive behaviour of the parents of an under-11 football team trying to live their dreams through their kids, has gone into production on location in Bolton and Manchester for six weeks.

The six-part series is written by Moray Hunter and Jack Docherty (Absolutely, The Creatives) based on the Canadian series The Tournament produced by Adjacent 2 Entertainment and created by Howard Busgang and Marty Putz which was set in the world of junior ice hockey.

The Cup is produced by Sue Vertue (Fear, Stress & Anger, Coupling) and directed by Matt Lipsey (Jekyll, Little Britain). Steve Edge (The Visit, Phoenix Nights) and Jennifer Hennessy (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Lilies) star. Other cast includes Tanya Franks (Pulling), Dominic Coleman (Ruby In The Smoke), Samantha Power (Little Britain), Billy Geraghty (The Last Detective), Pal Aron (Casualty) and Emmanuel Leconte (The Tudors).

The Cup has been commissioned by Roly Keating, Controller, BBC Two and Lucy Lumsden, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, who comments: “Following a promising pilot we’re delighted to have the world of The Cup on BBC Two.” The Executive Producers are Beryl Vertue of Hartswood Films and Cheryl Taylor for the BBC.