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Coming Up is the Channel 4 talent scheme where new writers and directors have the opportunity to make an original film with a guaranteed network broadcast

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Coming Up is the Channel 4 talent scheme where new writers and directors have the opportunity to make an original film with a guaranteed network broadcast

Series 7 Summary

Channel 4's annual talent scheme returns. Russell Tovey, Ashley Walters, Lara Pulver, MyAnna Buring and Thomas Turgoose are among the actors starring in the strand that offers up-and-coming writers and directors the unique opportunity to showcase their work on national TV.

  • Episode 1 - New Cross

    A story of forbidden love unfolds when 27-year-old Carl meets Bailey, the girl of his dreams. Their relationship explores thwarted ambition, restlessness, and the desire to follow one's own path.

    Written by Laura Neal, directed by David Stoddart.

  • Episode 2 - Ben and Lump

    Ben returns home for Christmas after his first term at university. Meanwhile best friend Lump can't find a job and now his dad insists he joins the army. The holiday season forces the friends to acknowledge the different directions their lives have taken.

    Written by Tom Wells, directed by MJ Delaney.

  • Episode 3 - Camouflage

    Annette teaches patients how to camouflage their scars with make-up. But when Riza walks into her consulting room, she finds herself covering up more than just the scars from his past in Sierra Leone.

    Written by Lydia Adetunji, directed by Robert Mckillop.

  • Episode 4 - Spoof or Die

    Sixteen-year-old Craig is growing up in Belfast, obsessed by the city's bloody past. Nicky has just moved there from England. Together the two play truant from school, but as the day progresses their unlikely friendship develops into something worrying.

    Written by Stacey Gregg, directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah.

  • Episode 5 - Postcode Lottery

    When Jed learns that he is unable to access the treatment he needs for his terminal cancer, he decides to take matters into his own hands, with surprising results.

    A darkly comic tale with sharp political undertones, this is a heartfelt exploration of love, loss and mortality.

    Written by Laurence Wilson, directed by Tom Marshall.

  • Episode 6 - If We Dead Awaken

    An ex-KGB spy arrives in London seeking a second chance with a lost love, a ballerina who defected many years ago. But they are unable to bury the past and he finds himself torn between the woman he loves and unfinished business back in Russia...

    Written by James Phillips, directed by Luke McManus.

  • Episode 7 - Colour

    Eleven-year-old Holly's (Leah Nathan) friendship with Congolese boy Andre (Michael Ajao) gives her a reprieve from a difficult home life with a sick mother. But their happiness hangs in the balance when Holly's mum's mental illness gets worse, and Andre delivers some devastating news.

    Written by Vivienne Franzmann, directed by Lynsey Miller.

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Coming Up is the Channel 4 talent scheme where new writers and directors have the opportunity to make an original film with a guaranteed network broadcast

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3 Series, 21 Episodes