Deep Heat, a sitcom focused on the world of wrestling, is coming to ITV2.
The six-part series focuses on “quick-witted rebel” Holly (played by presenter and actress Jahannah James), a frustrated aspiring wrestler “taking on the challenge of her life” trying to revive the society of his mother’s professional wrestling.
The project, which has been in development for three years, was first revealed by British Comedy Guide in May.
Speaking of the plot, the channel explains, “When all of Boss Pro’s top wrestlers are poached by her brother Nick Nitro (Richard Fleeshman), Holly’s mother, Pam (Pippa Haywood), is devastated as it seems the game But, if Holly can reunite Boss Pro’s remaining misfit gang, the company might survive…if only Pam would let Holly fight on her own.
“We join the Boss Pro team as they look forward to a summer of slamming and self-discovery – can our underdogs come together and emerge victorious to put on the show of a lifetime?”
The series will also star Paul Olima, Alistair Petrie, Sharon Rooney, Sasha Desouza-Willock and Abby Russell.
Creators Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez also have regular roles, and the channel confirms the series will also feature guest appearances from Matt Lucas, John Thomson, Ben Ashenden and Carla Langley.
Olesker and Gonzalez, who perform comedy together as Max & Ivan (including playing useless digital strategists Ben and Jerry in W1A), have a background in wrestling. Olesker was once Britain’s youngest professional wrestler, and the duo produced and starred in The Wrestling, the award-winning Edinburgh Fringe shows in which comedians compete in a real ring.
The duo wrote the episodes with prolific script editor Andrew Ellard, whose credits include Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd, Chewing Gum and Detectorists.
Deep Heat was filmed by SLAM Films, the production company Stephen Mangan co-founded to film Hang Ups on Channel 4.
Filming for Deep Heat was overseen by Intelligence and Inside No. 9 director Matt Lipsey, with Gayle Cope serving as producer.
Executive producers Louise Delamere and Stephen Mangan said, “We can’t wait to release the wondrous Deep Heat onto the world – a high-energy, joyful comedic celebration of wrestling, glamor and tight spandex.”
ITV’s Paul Mortimer comments: “Deep Heat is a brilliant new addition to ITV2 and ITV Hub as we continue to strengthen our scripted comedy content for young viewers. The writers have created these brilliant and hilarious characters set in a company of fictional professional wrestling.”