BBC Two comedy pilot, Alma’s Not Normal has started filming on location in Bolton, it was announced today (THURS).

The 30-minute New on Two comedy pilot for BBC Two, is produced by Expectation and written and starring Sophie Willan, who won the BBC’s inaugural Caroline Aherne Bursary Award in 2018. Sophie is also Executive Producer.

Set in her home town of Bolton, Sophie draws on her own unusual life experiences for Alma's Not Normal, offering a truly a uthentic comic voice to the pilot. It follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.

With no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, Alma decides to become an escort to support her dreams of becoming a star and leaving Bolton. Meanwhile, Alma’s mother Lin battles with both her addiction to heroin and her troubled relationship with her own mother Joan with the same chaotic fervour. Having only just discovered feminism and sexual liberation, Alma’s vampish Grandma Joan, must contend with her daughter suddenly moving in with her.

Sophie Willan plays Alma and is joined by: Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley/ Downton Abbey) as her mum Lin; Lorraine Ashbourne (The Crown/ Cheat) playing her Nan Joan and Jayde Adams (Crazy Delicious) is Sophie’s best friend, Leanne. James Baxter (Still Open all Hours/ Emmerdale) plays Anthony, Alma’s ex boyfriend

Nerys Evans, Creative Director of Comedy, Expectation and Executive Producer, said: “It’s testament to the quality of Sophie’s writing that we’ve managed to attract such a strong cast to play alongside her. In the wonderfully skilled hands of Producer Gill Isles, and director Andrew Chaplin, this feels like a very special show in the making.”

Alma’s Not Normal is an Expectation production for BBC Two. The Executive Producer for Expectation is Nerys Evans and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.

Alma’s Not Normal is Sophie Willan’s much anticipated debut TV pilot for BBC Two and is directed by Andrew Chaplin (Game Face, Witless) and produced by Gill Isles (Peter Kay’s Car Share, Detectorists, Man Like Mobeen).

About the writer: Sophie Willan is a Bolton born writer and comedian. She has appeared on Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Click and Collect ( BBC One), The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4) is a series regular in Still Open All Hours (BBC One) and is the much loved voice of The Circle (Channel 4).