Alma's Not Normal

Alma’s Not Normal — new BBC Two series starts next week

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BBC Two brings Alma’s Not Funny to our screens (and iPlayer) next week

Alma’s Not Normal starts Monday 13 September at 10pm on BBC Two and will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer from 10.30pm.

We meet Alma — whose tumultuous childhood has led to continual chaos  as she embarks on a new beginning after a break-up, inspiring her to finally get herself sorted. And she’s not going to be just ‘okay’… she’s going to be fabulous!

The cast includes Sophie Willan (Alma, and she created the show), Jayde Adams (Leanne), Lorraine Ashbourne (Joan), Siobhan Finneran (Lin) and Nicolas Asbury (Jim).

With a rebellious streak a mile wide and no qualifications to boot, Alma decides to explore the role of an escort to support her dreams of being a star. Many adventures and misadventures ensue as she navigates the past she’s had and the future she wants.

Meanwhile, she is trying to get her family back together. She has her work cut out as she tries to fix the strained relationships between her drug-addicted mum and her vampish Grandma, Joan. Alma’s mum Lin, with bright pink hair, a toothless gurn and a children’s lunchbox she fashions as a handbag, battles her long-term drug addiction with the same angst and disorder that she does her mother, Joan.

Expect a bitingly funny and unflinching take on issues from class, sexuality, motherhood, friendship, abuse and mental health, in a series that is full of heart, humour and candour, celebrating powerful and complex women dealing with the hand they were dealt whilst doggedly pursuing their dreams.

There’s a lot more information, including a range of interviews, in the BBBC’s announcement.