More madness and mayhem is in store as Hullraisers returns to Channel 4 for a second series

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Praise for series 1

The Times

“The deliciously raucous caper … There are some sharp and filthy lines lurking inside its essentially gooey heart.”


The Daily Telegraph

“Channel 4’s sharp new comedy”



“Hullraisers Is The Celebration Of Northern Working Class Women We Deserve… Hullraisers is unapologetic. It’s laugh out loud. It’s real. It proves there are lives worth viewing outside the M25!”


The Hull-based comedy from Fable Pictures will return to Channel 4 for a second series where we will see Toni (Leah Brotherhead - Bridgerton, Zomboat, White Gold), Paula (Sinead Matthews - The Crown, The Power, Sick of It) and Rana (Taj Atwal – The Control Room, Truth Seekers, Line of Duty) stepping into bright new chapters of their lives where everything will be different... (whilst they fight to keep everything exactly the same!) 

Toni and Craig's (Perry Fitzpatrick – Sherwood, Line of Duty, Man Like Mobeen) family is growing with Baby No.2 on the way despite Toni’s denial, Paula and Dane (Yanick Ghanty – Spy Wars, World’s Most Evil Killers, Physics House) are coming to terms with Ashley (Natalie Davies – Eaten by Lions, The Full Monty) growing up and moving out, leaving a (sort of!) empty nest – and Rana’s assigned an infuriating new partner at work who will turn her universe upside down in more ways than one…  

Meanwhile, Gloria (Felicity Montagu – Landscapers, This Time with Alan Partridge, The Durrells) returns to cause more havoc as the mother-in-law from hell but this time with secrets of her own, and Nima (Shobna Gulati – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, My Name is Leon, Doctor Who) reveals the secret to hitting your absolute peak during your menopause years - which is something of an eyeopener for Rana.

Exec Producers Faye Ward & Hannah Farrell from Fable Pictures said: “We’re chuffed to bits to be heading back to Hull for more adventures by the Humber…Our Hullraisers will be getting into bigger, wilder scrapes this time - we can’t wait to share what our brilliant writers are cooking up. We’re especially glad to be doing all this with our pals at Channel4 - there is truly no better home for a female working class comedy with masses of heart.”

Laura Riseam, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 Comedy said: “We are so delighted to have these brilliant women, both on and off screen, back for a second outing on C4. It’s important to be able to continually back funny, working class and regional stories.  I can’t wait for viewers to see what we have in store for Toni, Paula and Rana with the delightful backdrop of Hull.”

The series was commissioned for Channel 4 by Charlie Perkins, Head of Comedy, Laura Riseam, Commissioning Editor, Fiona McDermott, former Head of Comedy and Jack Bayles, former Commissioning Editor. Written by Anne-Marie O’Connor (Trollied, Mum) and Caroline Moran (Raised By Wolves). The show is based on the Israeli hit show Little Mom, adapted for the UK by Lucy Beaumont. Fable Pictures, co-funded by Sony Pictures will produce the series with Faye Ward (Stan & Ollie, Wild Rose, Rocks) and Hannah Farrell (Hullraisers, Anne Boleyn, Rocks) executive producing and Ian FitzGibbon (Damned, Raised by Wolves) will be directing. Sony Pictures Television will distribute the series worldwide.

Hullraisers has been adapted from the Israeli hit show, Little Mom, which has been recommissioned for its fifth series, and is exclusively distributed worldwide by Dori Media.

Little Mom is created and produced by Yoav Gross Productions Ltd – creators are Lital Schwartz, Shai Ben Atar, Liat Shavit and Yoav Gross with co-creators Gil Riva and Roei Florentin. Written by Liat Shavit and Shai Ben Atar for Channel 13 Israel.

The series is set to commence filming entirely on location in Hull and Leeds.


About Channel 4

Channel 4 exists to create change through entertainment. Publicly owned yet commercially funded, Channel 4 generates significant and sustainable cultural, economic and social impact across the UK – at no cost to the taxpayer.

The broadcaster’s distinctive remit is set by Parliament, and it has a role to represent unheard voices, challenge with purpose and reinvent entertainment. For 40 years, it has been a British success story, engaging generation after generation of young people.

Through a unique publisher-broadcaster model, Channel 4 commissions its content from the UK independent production sector. Working with around 300 creative companies every year, Channel 4 makes a major contribution to the local, regional and national economy, creating and supporting thousands of jobs and businesses across the country.

In 2020, Channel 4 launched its Future4 strategy to become a digital-first public service media company and to continue to deliver significant impact for UK audiences and investment into the UK creative economy.

Across its bases in London, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow, Channel 4 is turbocharging its efforts to find, nurture and develop talent across the UK. Through its training and development initiative 4Skills, Channel 4 is opening up opportunities in broadcasting, with a particular focus on disadvantaged young people, and addressing skills gaps across the Nations and Regions.

Channel 4 has the UK’s biggest free streaming service, All 4, plus 11 television channels including: Channel 4, E4, E4 Extra, More4, Film4, 4Seven and The Box Plus Network. Through Film4 Productions, Channel 4 also invests in British filmmakers to huge critical acclaim, producing 37 Oscar wins and 84 BAFTA wins in its history.


About Fable Pictures:

Fable Pictures is a boutique television and film production company spearheaded by Creative Directors Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell with backing from Sony Pictures Television. The ethos of Fable Pictures is to discover and tell stories with a fresh and distinctive eye.

The company’s critically acclaimed television drama Anne Boleyn, starring Jodie Turner Smith, was broadcast on Channel 5 in 2021. Written by Eve Hedderwick Turner and directed by Lynsey Miller, the show reframed the famous story as a thriller from Anne’s perspective. 2022 saw Fable’s first returning comedy series air - Channel4’s working class female comedy Hullraisers.

Fable Pictures is known for their multi-award-winning feature film Rocks released in 2020, directed by Sarah Gavron, written by Theresa Ikoko & Claire Wilson and starring a cast of newcomers. The film was nominated for 8 BAFTAs, winning 2 awards, and 15 BIFAs, winning 5 awards including Best British Film.

Summer 2019 saw the international theatrical release of the critically acclaimed film Wild Rose, written by Nicole Taylor, directed by Tom Harper and starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo. The company’s first feature film, Stan & Ollie, received 3 BAFTA nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. Written by Jeff Pope and directed by Jon S. Baird, the film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as beloved comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.