Caitlin and Caroline Moran formally launch their crowdfunding campaign to save their axed Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves today.
If successful, at least one future episode will be funded by fans – a UK first for a British sitcom. Their target? £320,000.
The campaign on Kickstarter follows Channel 4’s decision to axe the show after two series, and aims to fund brand new material featuring the cast of Helen Monks, Alexa Davies, Rebekah Staton, Philip Jackson et al.
The Moran sisters are asking fans to help fund at least one new episode to give the world a further slice of Aretha, Grampy and Della – with future episodes determined on funds raised and partners sought.
Caitlin and Caroline Moran said: “Raised By Wolves was voted the 9th Best sitcom of the 21st Century by Radio Times, and won the Rose d’Or for Best sitcom of 2016. It sold around the world, with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JUNO) adapting it for an American audience. It was two years of glory. It couldn’t have gone any better. Sadly, however, despite its success, we heard that Channel 4 would not be funding a third series of Raised By Wolves, because that’s what happens in TV, sometimes.”
“Clearly there’s going to be more crowd-funded TV shows going straight onto the net – any writer/actor/comedian with a solid fanbase will be able to swerve the terrestrial commissioning process and go straight to their fanbase, as has happened in the music industry, and is starting to happen in the US,” she said.
“This also allows ‘creators’ greater freedom in what they write about/how they write about it, and seems to be the most obvious and rapid way to address the still-notable under-representation of people of colour, women and the working classes. Audiences will, in effect, become commissioners.”
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.