Film Club – new romantic comedy-drama from Aimee Lou Wood

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The Sex Education star has co-written and will star in Film Club for BBC Three. 

The BBC unveiled a slate of 12 new drama commissions yesterday, including an adaptation of the hit play Dear England, more of Blue Lights and exciting new novel adaption The Ministry of Time.

Seeking to reinvigorate the sector, which she fears has become too risk adverse, BBC Head of Drama Lindsay Salt says of the corporation: “While others might become more cautious, we will go further and take the risks others won’t.”

One of those new commissions involves a series which finds a familiar name in a new role. The forthcoming BBC Three comedy-drama Film Club is co-created and written by Aimee Lou Wood, one of the graduating class from Netflix’s Sex Education. She’s gone on to roles opposite Bill Nighy in Living, the currently airing Alice & Jack, plus has forthcoming roles in Netflix’s Toxic Town and BBC Three’s Daddy Issues with David Morrissey. Not forgetting a West End stint in Cabaret!

Aimee Lou Wood & Ralph Davis
Aimee Lou Wood (Image: Matt Holyoak) and Ralph Davis (Image: Michael Shelford)

Somehow, Wood has also found the time to co-create Film Club with fellow actor Ralph Davis (SAS Rogue Heroes, Life After Life). She’ll also star in the series as Evie.

Here’s what we know about Film Club:

Every Thursday. 9pm. Tom and Evie watch a film together in her garage. Evie lovingly decorates the space to match the film of the week – from a yellow brick road for The Wizard of Oz to a space craft for Alien. It’s magical. They’re there for the love of the movies. Or at least, that’s what they tell themselves.

In reality, Tom is madly in love with Evie. What he doesn’t know is that Evie is in love with him too. But when Tom accepts a job at the other end of the country, their happily ever after comes under threat. He’s leaving in six weeks. That means Evie has six film clubs left to tell Tom how she feels, or risk losing him forever.

Evie is going to have to navigate all of this amongst the chaos of her family home – her eccentric and unconventional mother, Suz, and her younger sister Izzy. A trio of women full of love, and dysfunction, in equal measure.

The series is described as “A piercingly funny and utterly heart-warming screenwriting debut from two of Britain’s most exciting voices.”

Film Club comes from Gaumont and is created and written by Aimee Lou Wood and Ralph Davis. Executive producers are Alison Jackson and Jamie Jackson for Gaumont and Nawfal Faizullah for the BBC. The series will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

Aimee Lou Wood said:

“When Ralph and I met a decade ago we knew pretty much instantly that we wanted to create something together and this feels deeply organic and idiosyncratic and right. Jamie at Gaumont has been the most incredible collaborator and the BBC is the perfect home. Three of the most essential things to me have always been writing stories, watching films and acting so the fact I get to write a story ABOUT watching films AND act in it is beyond joyful.”

Ralph Davis adds:

“I couldn’t be more excited about this. Aimee and I have been speaking about making something together since we met at drama school. To be doing this together is a dream.”

We’ll keep you posted about Film Club.