Moving Wallpaper

Friday, 3 April 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

The production team from Moving Wallpaper are back to face a new challenge to come up with a hit show for ITV. Egocentric producer Jonathan Pope’s frantic attempt to keep his job results in a new pilot which sees the writers switch from beach romance to zombie apocalypse. In an attempt to make the living dead ‘sexy’, the team have to bag the biggest stars and keep them happy, whilst covering Jonathan’s blazing trail of faux pas – as well as Nancy, the ITV Head of Drama, willing him to fail. Stunts, sex, cringes, and clashes with American execs follow as they attempt to create their zombie masterpiece: Renaissance.

It’s the wrap party, Renaissance is completed and even Nancy has to admit that the show is looking fairly impressive. Jonathan is on a high and nothing can bring him down – he even has Kelly Brook and Alan Dale wrapped around his finger.

Everyone is in a celebratory mood except Carl, who continues to pine for Kelly. Tom decides enough is enough and designates himself as self appointed ‘Love Doctor’. He prepares Carl with a fool proof plan that with guarantee him success with Kelly but as the drinks start to flow things don’t quite go to plan.

Nancy cannot bear the thought that Jonathan has finally found success and decides the best way to exact her revenge is by shelving the show. Jonathan almost gives up until his team come up with one final idea that might just get Renaissance out there. The mission ahead of them is fraught with danger and involves them breaking into ITV HQ.

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Immediately after this episode of Moving Wallpaper finishes, viewers will be able to watch Renaissance on ITV.com. PI for Renaissance follows:

Renaissance

Our worst nightmare has finally come true. The passengers of Flight ZX4509 from Orlando return from their holiday to a world of chaos. There’s more to worry about than lost luggage when the airport staff emerge with a violent taste for human flesh. This is Renaissance – a chemical weapon released into the water supply, creating unstoppable killers, and spreading fast with devastating effects.

John Priest’s family must form a bond with a sexy stranger, Samantha, to fight for their lives and make their way home. The start of their journey tests their strength, courage and initiative as they encounter survivors and struggle to make sense of the madness.


 

Friday, 27 March 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

The production team from Moving Wallpaper are back to face a new challenge to come up with a hit show for ITV. Egocentric producer Jonathan Pope’s frantic attempt to keep his job results in a new pilot which sees the writers switch from beach romance to zombie apocalypse. In an attempt to make the living dead ‘sexy’, the team have to bag the biggest stars and keep them happy, whilst covering Jonathan’s blazing trail of faux pas – as well as Nancy, the ITV Head of Drama, willing him to fail. Stunts, sex, cringes, and clashes with American execs follow as they attempt to create their zombie masterpiece: Renaissance.

In the fifth episode Jonathan is sent into a mad panic when Nancy announces that the press are due to visit the set the next morning and are expecting a promotional teaser. Jonathan can’t believe what he’s hearing and demands to know who sanctioned the impromptu visit. Nancy reminds him he did, while standing on his chair at the Child of Courage awards the week before boldly declaring “You think this is emotional? Come and see Renaissance it pi**ess all over these blind kids.”

On learning this (and grossly under prepared) he is forced to keep his team in overnight to come up with the goods. After loading up on Red Bulls they set about brainstorming the best way to sell Renaissance. The night descends into chaos as tensions and emotions rise which culminates in Jonathan totally losing control of himself and his team.

As morning breaks Jonathan, in a caffeine induced haze, manages to accidentally delete the entire teaser, just as the press arrive.


 

Friday, 20 March 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

The production team from Moving Wallpaper are back to face a new challenge to come up with a hit show for ITV. Egocentric producer Jonathan Pope’s frantic attempt to keep his job results in a new pilot which sees the writers switch from beach romance to zombie apocalypse. In an attempt to make the living dead ‘sexy’, the team have to bag the biggest stars and keep them happy, whilst covering Jonathan’s blazing trail of faux pas – as well as Nancy, the ITV Head of Drama, willing him to fail. Stunts, sex, cringes, and clashes with American execs follow as they attempt to create their zombie masterpiece: Renaissance.

In the forth episode production is in full swing, but Jonathan isn’t convinced the big opening scene has the wow factor Renaissance needs. Panicking about the show’s sci-fi credentials, and desperate to re-write before Nancy finds out, he hires a new, experienced writer who proves to be more of a handful than he’d bargained for, meaning Georgina, the new writer, is actually a transsexual named George…with hairy hands.

The team is naturally furious they haven’t been consulted about the new member of staff and when they learn that ‘Georgina’ is being paid more than them, Gillian leads a full on writers’ strike, bringing the production and Jonathan to their knees.

Increasingly annoyed by Georgina’s outrageous demands Jonathan reaches breaking point and decides to sack her. Running short on time and with production at a stand still, will Jonathan manage to make amends with his writers and find his big opening scene to satisfy Nancy?


 

Moving Wallpaper, ITV’s tricksy comedy about a TV production team, returned last night for a second series.

It was, however, mercifully without its companion ‘soap’ Echo Beach, which was cancelled both in real life and therefore in the reality of Moving Wallpaper. Pusillanimous producer Jonathan Pope (played by the brilliant Ben Miller) described the decision to axe the show in just the right amount of detail; ‘It was s**t and nobody watched it’, a line symbolic of what endears us to Moving Wallpaper – it doesn’t take itself or anything else seriously. Quite the opposite, in fact.

The fact that Moving Wallpaper was re-commissioned and the dire Echo Beach dropped is an event in itself. It is an example of a TV channel making a good decision, taking into account the opinions of both critics and the general public and taking a chance. Now that’s not something that happens every day. 

With Echo Beach cast adrift, the production team anxiously await news of their future. In a last-ditch attempt to save his job, Pope pitches the first programme proposal that comes to hand (provided by a writer who subsequently has a heart attack in Pope’s office, but we won’t get into that): Renaissance – a romantic drama series with zombies. 

Rather than two series running in parallel, the ‘pilot’ episode of Renaissance will air at the end of Moving Wallpaper’s run. While not as high-concept as the original format, this is a more viable idea, and the end result will at least be mildly entertaining, with in-jokes accessible to the audience, without having to sustain itself independently of Moving Wallpaper.

Moving Wallpaper is a bit thin on actual laughs to be termed a sitcom (which is no bad thing, as who in their right mind would watch an ITV sitcom?), and its in-jokiness will alienate a lot of viewers, but it’s decent enough fare with some fine performances, something not to be taken lightly in a Friday night slot. 

 

Friday, 13 March 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

The production team from Moving Wallpaper are back to face a new challenge to come up with a hit show for ITV. Egocentric producer Jonathan Pope’s frantic attempt to keep his job results in a new pilot which sees the writers switch from beach romance to zombie apocalypse.

In an attempt to make the living dead ‘sexy’, the team have to bag the biggest stars and keep them happy, whilst covering Jonathan’s blazing trail of faux pas – as well as Nancy, the ITV Head of Drama, willing him to fail. Stunts, sex, cringes, and clashes with American execs follow as they attempt to create their zombie masterpiece: Renaissance.

It’s the third episode – Jonathan thinks he and Alan Dale are best mates, so is put out when his star has organised a wrap party for everyone and not invited him.

In an attempt to re-establish his friendship with Alan, Jonathan over-steps the mark and offends his leading man. Never one to miss a chance to berate Jonathan, Nancy arrives on the scene to declare Alan has locked himself in his trailer and refuses to return to set until Jonathan apologises for sexually assaulting him.

Irritated with having to make amends for a trivial misunderstanding Jonathan finally relents under Nancy’s bullish scrutiny and apologises to Alan Dale.

After clearing the air with his star, Jonathan learns that he was in fact invited to Alan’s wrap party but Nancy had never passed on his invite. In a moment of male bonding Jonathan misguidedly hugs Alan and squeezes his bum to make light of the whole ‘sexual harassment affair’ from earlier in the day.

Jonathan’s faux-pas results in Alan refusing to do the big stunt that is crucial for Renaissance. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Jonathan steps in as Alan’s replacement for the stunt, a 50 foot fall from a tower, whilst on fire.

Friday, 6 March 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

In the second episode Jonathan wants to get Renaissance off to a good start by getting American interest in the show. He’s miraculously managed to bag his stars – Kelly Brook and Alan Dale. He has his hoard of zombies, special effects and grand sets, all the ingredients to impress the American execs, but it’s just not enough for Jonathan – he also wants his team to be as Americanised as possible.

Cue the arrival of baseball caps, a basket ball hoop in the office and Jonathan miraculously becoming temporarily Jewish!

However, the team have other things on their mind. Gillian is loved up with her new boyfriend who seems to ‘love’ everything and Tom is set the task of calming a rather rampant Nancy.

Predictably Jonathan’s plan to woo the American executives starts to unravel and cracks start to show when Jonathan injures a member of the crew by throwing a brick at his head after mistaking it for a fake prop.

Friday, 27 February 2009, 9:00PM on ITV1

The production team from Moving Wallpaper are back to face a new challenge to come up with a hit show for ITV. Egocentric producer Jonathan Pope’s frantic attempt to keep his job results in a new pilot which sees the writers switch from beach romance to zombie apocalypse. In an attempt to make the living dead ‘sexy’, the team have to bag the biggest stars and keep them happy, whilst covering Jonathan’s blazing trail of faux pas – as well as Nancy, the ITV Head of Drama, willing him to fail. Stunts, sex, cringes, and clashes with American execs follow as they attempt to create their zombie masterpiece: Renaissance.

In the first episode the team learn that Echo Beach is no more and Jonathan Pope’s job is on the line. While he begs Nancy for another series, the welfare of his production team appear to be the last thing on his mind – in fact their prospects look bleak. However, as the team prepare to move on to new horizons a clause in Jonathan’s contract means ITV must now offer Jonathan a pilot to produce – much to Nancy’s annoyance.

Never one to soften, Nancy gives Jonathan a paltry minute to submit a treatment for a pilot or face the sack.

Ever the survivor and desperate for a great idea, Jonathan goes to extremes in order to find a great pilot and out of this Renaissance, an apocalyptic Zombie drama, is born. Nancy isn’t worried though; she is convinced that this abomination of film will never see the light of day as it’ll never pass the litmus test from the focus groups. Renaissance will never grace the home of Coronation Street and Ant and Dec.

Despite Nancy’s assurance Jonathan will fail catastrophically he manages to cast his leading lady almost instantly by poaching Kelly Brook from an ITV period drama that’s filming nearby.

It’s the final episode and the team are waiting to hear news on whether Echo Beach has been re-commissioned.

Jonathan tries his best to find out what the network has decided. Nancy gives nothing away but tells him they will let him know their decision at 6pm. The fact that he is £100K over budget doesn’t help, she warns him, and so Jonathan makes the decision to sack one of the lead cast in order to make a second series feasible.

Who will it be – Hugo Speer, Jason Donavan or Martine McCutcheon? He meets with them one by one to discuss their possible ending. Each meeting goes entirely differently to how Jonathan planned, all with near disastrous consequences.

Carl and Kelly share a touching moment together as Kelly encourages Carl to follow his heart on the final episode. The emotion of their encounter filters through into the scene Carl is writing for Narinder and Charlie in Echo Beach.

In the final moments of Moving Wallpaper, Jonathan’s phone rings as they all crowd around and wait for ITV’s decision on the second series…

ITV is proud to announce two interlinking shows from the makers of Life On Mars, Spooks and Hustle. Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon return to their soap roots to play the parts of ex-lovers in Echo Beach. Ben Miller plays the hapless producer desperate to make the soap a success in a behind-the-scenes comedy Moving Wallpaper.

Both 12 part series, from the award-winning Kudos, will run together on ITV1.

In Echo Beach, Hugo Speer (Bleak House, The Full Monty) plays Mark Penwarden, who will stop at nothing to run his wife Susan’s (McCutcheon) ex-lover Daniel Marrack (Donovan) out of Polnarren, with Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street) as long term resident Fin Morgan.

The town’s youngest residents are played by some of Britain’s hottest young talent. These will include Ed Speelers (Eragon), Marcus Patrick (Hollyoaks), Laura Greenwood (Prime Suspect 7), Christian Cooke (Where The Heart Is), Jonathan Redwin (Robin Hood), Naomi Ryan (Dream Team), Chandeep Uppal (Anita And Me) and newcomer Hannah Lederer-Alton.

Moving Wallpaper’s Ben Miller (Armstrong And Miller, Primeval, The Worst Week) is joined by Raquel Cassidy (Party Animals, Lead Balloon), James Lance (Teachers, Sensitive Skin), Sarah Hadland (Learners, Peep Show), Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party, The Office), Lucy Liemann (The IT Crowd), Dave Lamb (The Smoking Room) and Sinea Kennan (Trouble With Sex).

Susie Amy (Footballer’s Wives, Hotel Babylon) appears in both shows.

Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach has a distinctive set up: eagle-eyed viewers will see jokes, characters and stories crossing from one show to the other.

Both shows have been created by Tony Jordan, lead writer and story consultant for EastEnders, co-creator of Life On Mars and creator of Hustle.

Echo Beach will follow the lives of Daniel, Susan and Mark whose affairs of the heart are played out amongst the teenage angst, family loyalties and tested friendships. Martine will play a woman with a past, while Jason will play the returning ex-lover who is set to rock the foundations of Mark and Susan’s marriage.

On the other side of the camera is Moving Wallpaper, where an army of executives, crew and publicists behind the making of the soap will be pushed to their creative limits by the irrepressible Jonathan Pope.

Jordan, who has written for Eastenders since 1985, executive produces both shows with Kudos’s Jane Featherstone and Alison Jackson.

Friday 21 March 2008 9:00pm – 9:30pm on ITV1

Jonathan and Sam are getting closer over a couple of glasses of wine, but Jonathan is embarrassed when they kiss and he ruins the intimate moment between them.

Nancy arrives and is furious that a big story has been leaked to the press. The team must re-write the story and Nancy decides to stick around to keep an eye on proceedings. A constantly drunk cast member does little to allay Nancy’s fears about where the leak is coming from.

Jonathan thinks everyone is talking about him and his embarrassing moment with Sam. His paranoia gets the better of him and he announces in front of the team, including Nancy, that Sam was drunk and tried it on with him. He reveals the extent to which he messed up – quite literally. He gets mad with Sam and blows any chances he may have had with her, refusing to apologise despite clearly having feelings for her.

Everybody in the team wants to be the one to write the last episode so Jonathan makes a stand and tells the writers they must work together.

ITV is proud to announce two interlinking shows from the makers of Life On Mars, Spooks and Hustle. Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon return to their soap roots to play the parts of ex-lovers in Echo Beach. Ben Miller plays the hapless producer desperate to make the soap a success in a behind-the-scenes comedy Moving Wallpaper.

Both 12 part series, from the award-winning Kudos, will run together on ITV1.

In Echo Beach, Hugo Speer (Bleak House, The Full Monty) plays Mark Penwarden, who will stop at nothing to run his wife Susan’s (McCutcheon) ex-lover Daniel Marrack (Donovan) out of Polnarren, with Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street) as long term resident Fin Morgan.

The town’s youngest residents are played by some of Britain’s hottest young talent. These will include Ed Speelers (Eragon), Marcus Patrick (Hollyoaks), Laura Greenwood (Prime Suspect 7), Christian Cooke (Where The Heart Is), Jonathan Redwin (Robin Hood), Naomi Ryan (Dream Team), Chandeep Uppal (Anita And Me) and newcomer Hannah Lederer-Alton.

Moving Wallpaper’s Ben Miller (Armstrong And Miller, Primeval, The Worst Week) is joined by Raquel Cassidy (Party Animals, Lead Balloon), James Lance (Teachers, Sensitive Skin), Sarah Hadland (Learners, Peep Show), Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party, The Office), Lucy Liemann (The IT Crowd), Dave Lamb (The Smoking Room) and Sinea Kennan (Trouble With Sex).

Susie Amy (Footballer’s Wives, Hotel Babylon) appears in both shows.

Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach has a distinctive set up: eagle-eyed viewers will see jokes, characters and stories crossing from one show to the other.

Both shows have been created by Tony Jordan, lead writer and story consultant for EastEnders, co-creator of Life On Mars and creator of Hustle.

Echo Beach will follow the lives of Daniel, Susan and Mark whose affairs of the heart are played out amongst the teenage angst, family loyalties and tested friendships. Martine will play a woman with a past, while Jason will play the returning ex-lover who is set to rock the foundations of Mark and Susan’s marriage.

On the other side of the camera is Moving Wallpaper, where an army of executives, crew and publicists behind the making of the soap will be pushed to their creative limits by the irrepressible Jonathan Pope.

Jordan, who has written for Eastenders since 1985, executive produces both shows with Kudos’s Jane Featherstone and Alison Jackson.

Friday 14 March 2008 9:00pm – 9:30pm on ITV1.

During a meeting with Sam and Jonathan, Nancy becomes annoyed at their jokey attitude towards the show. She forces the team to go on a morale boosting trip to Cornwall as a last push to make Echo Beach a huge success.

Everyone has plans they don’t want to change but they have no choice but to go. Jonathan takes his sexy date for the weekend, actress Sarah Manners, leaving Sam secretly jealous as Jonathan and her have started to become close.

Carl gets a call from his agent and thinks that one of his scripts has been picked up in Hollywood. He nearly gets himself fired by bad-mouthing Jonathan to his face before realising that Tom has been playing a trick on him. Carl manages to save his job by masterminding a plan of action for Jonathan when, despite warnings from Nancy, Sarah Manners pushes for a part in the show.

Gillian and Carl lie in the sand and talk about life, imagining an emotional and powerful scene, which then appears in the next episode of Echo Beach.

ITV is proud to announce two interlinking shows from the makers of Life On Mars, Spooks and Hustle. Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon return to their soap roots to play the parts of ex-lovers in Echo Beach. Ben Miller plays the hapless producer desperate to make the soap a success in a behind-the-scenes comedy Moving Wallpaper.

Both 12 part series, from the award-winning Kudos, will run together on ITV1.

In Echo Beach, Hugo Speer (Bleak House, The Full Monty) plays Mark Penwarden, who will stop at nothing to run his wife Susan’s (McCutcheon) ex-lover Daniel Marrack (Donovan) out of Polnarren, with Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street) as long term resident Fin Morgan.

The town’s youngest residents are played by some of Britain’s hottest young talent. These will include Ed Speelers (Eragon), Marcus Patrick (Hollyoaks), Laura Greenwood (Prime Suspect 7), Christian Cooke (Where The Heart Is), Jonathan Redwin (Robin Hood), Naomi Ryan (Dream Team), Chandeep Uppal (Anita And Me) and newcomer Hannah Lederer-Alton.

Moving Wallpaper’s Ben Miller (Armstrong And Miller, Primeval, The Worst Week) is joined by Raquel Cassidy (Party Animals, Lead Balloon), James Lance (Teachers, Sensitive Skin), Sarah Hadland (Learners, Peep Show), Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party, The Office), Lucy Liemann (The IT Crowd), Dave Lamb (The Smoking Room) and Sinea Kennan (Trouble With Sex).

Susie Amy (Footballer’s Wives, Hotel Babylon) appears in both shows.

Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach has a distinctive set up: eagle-eyed viewers will see jokes, characters and stories crossing from one show to the other.

Both shows have been created by Tony Jordan, lead writer and story consultant for EastEnders, co-creator of Life On Mars and creator of Hustle.

Echo Beach will follow the lives of Daniel, Susan and Mark whose affairs of the heart are played out amongst the teenage angst, family loyalties and tested friendships. Martine will play a woman with a past, while Jason will play the returning ex-lover who is set to rock the foundations of Mark and Susan’s marriage.

On the other side of the camera is Moving Wallpaper, where an army of executives, crew and publicists behind the making of the soap will be pushed to their creative limits by the irrepressible Jonathan Pope.

Jordan, who has written for Eastenders since 1985, executive produces both shows with Kudos’s Jane Featherstone and Alison Jackson.

Friday 7 March 2008 9:00pm – 9:30pm on ITV1.

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