BBC1 is to air a new Kay Mellor series about the birthing process.
In the Club will be a six–part drama for next year about “pregnancy, imminent birth, love and the changing nature of relationships that a new baby brings to a modern family,” according to the BBC.
The series, which has not yet been cast, will be shot this autumn in and around Mellor’s home town of Leeds and follows six very different couples, who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the final stages of their pregnancies.
Characters include schoolgirl Rosie who has been hiding her pregnant and 46-year old who is pregnant again with her lover.
In the Club follows Mellor’s hit shows Band of Gold which was about prostitution and Fat Friends which satirised the dieting industry from the point of view of a slimming club.
Her recent drama the Syndicate about a group of lottery winners has run to two series on the BBC and is currently being remade in the US by Steven Spielberg.
Mellor said: “Having given birth as a teenager I know how life changing it is. Birth is the ultimate creation. It changes you and your relationships forever. I’m still close friends with the people I met at my antenatal class.
“It’s a special time in your life, a time when you need people that understand what you’re going through and a close bond can be formed that can result in a life-long friendship.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.