ARDAL O’Hanlon is set to star in new six-part Sky comedy series, After Hours.
The Father Ted actor will be joined by John Thomson (Cold Feet) and Jaime Winstone (Mad Dogs, Made In Dagenham) for the drama, which is due to launch on Sky 1 next year.
Filming has already begun for the brand new series, which follows the journey of 18 year old music lover Willow Hannigan, played by James Tarpey (The World’s End), who’s just had his heart broken for the first time and is stuck living with his parents whilst most of his friends have left for university.
To keep sane Willow listens to After Hours, a local internet radio show broadcast from a canal boat and run by Lauren (Jaime Winstone) and Ollie (Rob Kendrick, Sugartown), two friends in their 20s who have ended up living in the village.
O’Hanlon stars as Willow’s dad, Peter Hannigan, a former-milkman who found himself jobless when the big supermarket opened, whilst his wife Anna secretly wants a job at the new store.
He said of his new role: “I'm delighted to be a part of After Hours. It's warm, funny and moving and the soundtrack is amazing.”
After Hours will be directed by Craig Cash (Early Doors, The Café), written by Molly Naylor and John Osborne and produced by Jellylegs Productions Ltd.