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New British post-apocalyptic TV comedy: Cockroaches, ITV2

Posted by Rich Cross on January 6, 2015

ITV2 launch a new “post-apocalyptic romantic-comedy” this month, set in England nine years after a nuclear war has decimated the planet. The commission of Cockroaches is further evidence of the growth of the sub-genre of ‘humorous’ end-of-the-world TV and film dramas.

Cockroaches - ITV2 - 2015

Cockroaches (ITV2)

Cockroaches, a 6×30 post-apocalyptic romantic-comedy written and created by Freddy Syborn (Bad Education) and from multi-award winning producers Big Talk Productions (Rev, Him & Her) arrives on ITV2 in the New Year.

Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Uncle, Hunderby) and Esther Smith (Cuckoo 2, Skins) play Tom and Suze, two nineteen-year-olds both dreaming of the future. When nuclear war strikes, they do the thing we’d all do if we knew we were about to die. They have sex. Unfortunately, they then survive. Awkward.

Nine years later, they’re wandering the wasteland where England used to be. They’re joined by Laura (Jessica Emily Rose), the child they conceived on the night of the nuclear war. They end up at a camp of survivors, where it turns out that a lack of food and water is merely the start of their problems.

Cockroaches is a post-apocalyptic comedy about one family trying to survive in a wasteland of cannibals, perverts and one insufferable ex. Our heroes struggle with boredom, fear and the ethics of cooking with their own body fluids.

The series features a first class ensemble of iconic and next generation comedy actors including appearances from Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), Jaime Winstone (Made in Dagenham), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), Dan Renton-Skinner (House Of Fools), Sarah Daykin (Chickens), fast rising stand-up Tom Davis (Plebs), Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet) and guest starring Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Fresh Meat) as Oscar, the unhinged and insufferable ex-boyfriend of Suze.

The first episode premieres on ITV2 on 13 January 2015 at 22:00, but all six episodes of series one can be previewed in full (in the UK) on the ITV Player service.

Episode 1: A post-apocalyptic comedy about one family trying to survive after a nuclear fallout joining a camp of fellow survivors and oddballs including the odd cannibal. In the first programme, Tom, Suze and Laura stumble across the camp while wandering around the wasteland that was once England. Unfortunately, the place is run by Oscar, Suze’s insufferable ex. They soon discover lack of food and water are the least of their problems.With Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Esther Smith, Jessica Emily Rose, and Jack Whitehall.


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