Coming Up (TV series)

Coming Up is a British televisionanthology series, broadcast on Channel 4, that ran from 20 August 2003 until 12 August 2013. Each series contains up to eight episodes consisting of single stories by writers and directors with no previous experience or less than two hours previous screentime, who are sourced through a talent scheme of the same name.[1] Each series encompasses a wide range of genres and topics, using a range of both experienced and fresh actors.

Television series

Coming Up
Genre Drama
Written by Various
Directed by Various
Starring Various
Composers Dan Parry
Steve Isles
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language English
No. of series 11
No. of episodes 79 (list of episodes)
Executive producers Rob Pursey
Emma Burge
Eileen Quinn
Producers Polly Leys
Kate Norris
John Chapman
Cinematography Andrew Johnson
Editors Nick Follows
Richard Graham
Running time 30 minutes
Production companies IWC Media
Touchpaper Television
Distributor Zodiak Media
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 16:9 (576i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 20 August 2003 (2003-08-20) 
12 August 2013 (2013-08-12)

Episodes did not generally air in a single time slot or on a particular day, with many episodes broadcasting back to back.[2] The series gathered considerable press attention, with The Independent writing: “Thank goodness for Coming Up… it’s a genuinely interesting display of possibilities”.[3]

In 2014, the talent scheme which recruited writers and directors for the series was revamped. A single screenplay, extended to ninety minutes, was to be produced using three writers from a pool of six and a single director.[4] This version of the scheme ran for a second year in 2015.[5]

In 2016, the scheme was again revamped, and retitled as 4Stories. It encouraged applications from under-represented talent: women, disabled people, BAME, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds, to work on a series of three inter-connected half-hour films.[4] Notable writers and directors who started with this program include Jack Thorne, Jon Sen, Tom Harper and Yann Demange. The series has also produced the debut writing credits of actor Christian Solimeno, actress Bronagh Taggart and presenter Rick Edwards.

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Episode Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Viewers
1 “Naked” Emma Millions Paul Andrew Williams 20 August 2003 (2003-08-20) TBA

A man struggles to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend is a naturist, but gets more than he bargained for when he turns up at her parents’ wedding anniversary party only to find all of the guests are stark naked.

Starring Ben Sutherland, Sarah Niven and Lucia Cox

2 “Fierce” David Hayles Rachel Das 27 August 2003 (2003-08-27) TBA
Starring Fraser Ayres, Ben Bishop and Charlotte McDonagh
3 “Re-Ignited” Holly Phillips Jon Sen 3 September 2003 (2003-09-03) TBA

A man desperate to become a father uses a dating website to track down an old flame who was extremely broody when he was going out with her.

Starring David Armand, Anil Desai and Kirsty Dillon

4 “Sick” Gemma McMullan Faye Gilbert 17 September 2003 (2003-09-17) TBA

A man who visits his local hospital and GP surgery on a weekly basis with a different set of symptoms each time is accused of being a hypochondriac.

Starring Janet Bamford, Peter Kin Elly and Victoria Lennox

5 “Victoria” Dominic McHale Rupert Jones 24 September 2003 (2003-09-24) TBA

A chance encounter with an old schoolmate forces a man and his girlfriend to re-evaluate their relationship.

Starring Ashley Jensen, Huss Garbiya and Dominic McHale

6 “Money Can Buy You Love” Tom MacRae Mark Soldinger 1 October 2003 (2003-10-01) TBA
Starring Sophia Myles, Danny Nussbaum and Louise Page
7 “Loveless” Martin Brocklebank Amit Gupta 8 October 2003 (2003-10-08) TBA
Starring Enzo Cilenti, Alec Newman and Christine Tremarco
8 “Bed Bugs” Jane Pugh Andrea Arnold 9 October 2003 (2003-10-09) TBA

Struggling with his true sexuality, a young man runs away from his pregnant fiancée and falls in love with another man.

Starring Amber Sealey, Dominic Carter and Ben Homewood

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