Russ Abbott, Alison Steadman amongst cast of new BBC1 comedy ‘Grey Mates’

BBC takes a humorous look at retirement


The BBC has commissioned new six-part comedy series, Grey Mates that follows the ups and downs of three recently retired couples.

An all-star cast of much-loved British actors including Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Philip Jackson, James Smith, Alison Steadman, June Whitfield and Paula Wilcox make up the trio who are all coming at retirement from very different directions. Their children have flown the nest and so their own lives and friendships take centre-stage once more.

The comedy is mad by Hat Trick Productions and written by Richard Pinto.

Controller of BBC One, Charlotte Moore, said about the commission: “Comedy has a unique ability to make the ordinary extraordinary and Grey Mates delivers that with a big hit of character. The series follows three newly retired couples who re-discover what it means to have time on their hands, hilariously brought to life by a stellar cast whose relationships are tested in a multitude of ways.”

The series will be produced is Paul Schlesinger and executive produced by Jimmy Mulville for Hat Trick Productions.

Grey Mates will air in 2014.