First Look At Aimee Lou Wood Leading Upcoming BBC Comedy Daddy Issues

By Olivia Emily

2 months ago

Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey co-lead the series as a father and daughter duo

If TV shows like The Inbetweeners and White Gold make you giggle – classic British comedy, or what? – then you’re in for a treat. Filming is underway for a new six-part comedy from the team behind those iconic two series. Titled Daddy Issues, Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood is at the fore. Here’s everything we know so far.

Inside Daddy Issues, The BBC’s Upcoming Comedy

Written by Danielle Ward (Brassic, In The Long Run), we can’t wait to watch this brand new comedy, starring Aimee Lou Wood as Gemma, putting her native accent to good use in a Stockport setting. ‘It had been a very long time since a script had made me laugh out loud,’ Aimee says. ‘Danielle’s did exactly that. Then when I heard David [Morissey] was involved, I was even more excited. He’s someone I have admired throughout my life. Watching shows like Blackpool and Red Riding when I was younger fuelled my interest in acting and so it feels surreal and amazing to be working with someone I class as a legend and inspiration.’

David plays Gemma’s father, Malcolm, and says: ‘I’m delighted to be working with Aimee Lou Wood as she’s someone I’ve admired for a while now. She’s a truly unique and gifted talent. Danielle has crafted such a funny and heartfelt piece and I’m so excited to be part of it.’

Gemma (Aimee Lou Wood) and Malcolm (David Morrissey) in Daddy Issues

Gemma (Aimee Lou Wood) and Malcolm (David Morrissey) in Daddy Issues. © BBC/Fudge Park Productions/James Stack

What Is Daddy Issues About?

Daddy Issues follows Gemma (Wood), a 24-year-old Stockport woman who lives for the weekend, partying hard and getting absolutely wasted. Returning from a holiday to Portugal, Gemma joins the mile high club with a random guy – and ends up pregnant.

It couldn’t come at a worse time. The only person she has in her life is her kind but useless father Malcolm (David Morrissey), who’s lacking some key household skills and, suffering from the collapse of his family, is living in a bedsit for divorced men.

So, when Gemma needs support, Malcolm ends up moving in with her, creating a ‘classic odd couple comedy about two funny, deeply flawed characters, who just happen to be father and daughter,’ says the BBC. Naturally, we can expect lots of messy family dynamics, dating disasters, misguided friendships, plus ‘a dangerously sociopathic antenatal teacher’.

Aimee Lou Wood is best known for playing Aimee in Netflix’s Sex Education. (L to R) Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee, Asa Butterfield as Otis in Sex Education Season 4. Samuel Taylor/Netflix © 2023.

Who Stars?

Joining Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey in Daddy Issues are:

  • Sharon Rooney
  • Taj Atwal
  • David Fynn
  • Sarah Hadland
  • Tom Stourton
  • Arian Nik
  • Susannah Fielding
  • Lauren O’Rourke
  • Cyril Nri
  • Perry Fitzgerald
  • Claire Keelan
  • Susan Lynch
  • Cora Kirk
  • Damien Molony
  • Sherrie Hewson
  • David Reed
  • Humphrey Ker

‘In Daddy Issues, Danielle has created a genuinely laugh out loud sitcom,’ says Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. ‘We’re delighted to be working with her, and the Fudge Park team, on the show. Having Aimee and David cast as the co-leads was the cherry on the cake.’

‘I cannot wait for the world to meet Gemma and Malcolm, and I’m so grateful to the BBC for finally giving me my own series, 20 years after I lost the BBC New Comedy Awards,’ series creator Danielle Ward adds. ‘Aimee and David were my dream casting from the get-go and who ever gets their dream cast? It’s a total thrill to be working with such naturally funny and wildly talented actors.’

Release Date

Filming is underway, but there’s no release date just yet. We expect to see the series in late 2024 or early 2025.