Fat Friends and the Syndicate writer Kay Mellor pens BBC1 birthing drama

She has tackled prostitution, lottery winners and slimmers.... now she is writing about parents-to-be

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.”