Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman have joined the cast of Bull, a new series for UKTV’s Gold channel about a man who attempts to run his antiques shop aided and hampered in equal measure by a team of dysfunctional staff.
Written by first-time sitcom writers Gareth Gwynn and John-Luke Roberts, the show is one of a number of new comedies recently commissioned by the channel.
Lindsay plays the titular Rupert Bull with Lipman playing employee Beverley. The pair are joined by Claudia Jessie, Naz Osmanoglu, Toby Williams and Kevin Eldon and Matt Lucas who makes a guest appearance.
Simon Lupton, UKTV’s Commissioning Editor, comments: “What could possibly go wrong in a quintessentially English antiques shop managed by an energetic eccentric and staffed by a bizarre bunch of characters?
“The answer is quite a lot – and that is the premise for this fast-paced, contemporary sitcom, written with verve by a new writing partnership.
“Whether Rupert Bull and his clueless staff are trying to restore Faberge eggs, value Edwardian ball bearings or work on luring in new customers with a creepy window display of dead animals, it always ends in hilarious disaster.
“Robert Lindsay is one of our most versatile and funny actors, perfect to lead this cast as the loveable but completely hopeless Bull.
“We think the Gold audience will fall in love with all these charming, disparate characters, who really are the proverbial bulls in a china shop.”
The three-part Bull iscurrently in production for transmission later this year.