Will Mellor and Jill Halfpenny have been cast in BBC One's upcoming drama In The Club.
Hermione Norris, Tara Fitzgerald and Katherine Parkinson are also among the cast members of the six-part series which has been penned by The Syndicate's Kay Mellor.
In The Club follows the lives of six different couples who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies.
Jonathan Kerrigan, Christine Bottomley, Luke Thompson, Taj Atwal, Sacha Dhawan and Hannah Midgley have also been cast.
Kay Mellor said:
"I'm really excited by the calibre of cast we've attracted; the level of talent is staggering.
"I feel flattered and honoured to have such amazing actors bringing my characters to life."
Business woman Roanna (Hermione Norris), who has two grown-up children, now finds herself pregnant again, this time to Simon (Luke Thompson), her young artist lover. She’s prepared to walk away from it all – the business, the money, and her rich soon-to-be-ex husband - as long as she can do it in her Louboutin shoes.
Diane (Jill Halfpenny) and Rick (Will Mellor) are expecting their ‘miracle’ child, having been told they would never conceive. But as a late scan reveals more than they bargained for, husband Rick hides an even bigger surprise.
The complications and traumas of same-sex parenting are an increasing battle for Susie (Tara Fitzgerald) and Kim (Katherine Parkinson), who are expecting their second child to the same biological father. This time it’s teaching assistant Kim who is pregnant, but the arrangement with Susie’s ex and sperm donor Neil (Jonathan Kerrigan) is not quite what it seems.
Everything’s worked out perfectly for beautiful Yasmin (Taj Atwal) and her husband Dev’s (Sacha Dhawan) arranged marriage - clearly their parents did know best – and they are now expecting their ‘honeymoon baby’. But there’s a question mark over her due date and the maths doesn’t quite work.
Schoolgirl Rosie (Hannah Midgley) has been hiding her pregnancy from everyone – the school, her lorry driver father and even her unborn baby’s father.
Then of course there’s midwife Vicky (Christine Bottomley). As a parent craft teacher, she’s coached countless women through their labours, but secretly she’s terrified of her own imminent birth. Her fellow midwives have a shock in store when they find out who the mystery father of her baby is.
In The Club begins filming in and around Leeds from January and is a Rollem Production, produced by Yvonne Francas.