Jim Howick is among the cast of new Channel 4 comedy-drama Loaded.
The eight-part series is about four tech entrepreneurs who become multi-millionaires overnight, after selling their start-up videogame company, and react to their new wealth in very different ways. These four characters are set to be played by Jim Howick (Yonderland, Stag), Samuel Anderson (Doctor Who), Jonny Sweet (Together) and Nick Helm (Uncle).
Channel 4 describes Jim’s character as: “Fretful and essentially decent, he’s the moral compass of the group, the most sensible of them. Riddled with insecurities, his decisions are driven mostly from a deep sense of worry and anxiety. Eternally cautious, he’s always anticipating a disaster, scared that his money will get taken away from him at any moment.”
The inspiration for Loaded is a hit Israeli sitcom called Mesudarim and it’s being adapted for a UK audience by Jon Brown, who has written for Mongrels and Fresh Meat. The first three episodes will be directed by Ian Fitzgibbon (Damned, Moone Boy), and the producer is Charlie Leech who has worked on The IT Crowd and Man to Man with Dean Learner.
Jon Brown said: “I’m very much looking forward to mining the experience of being an instant millionaire in 2016 to find the most difficult, painful, socially uncomfortable experiences imaginable. For this is how it must be to be Loaded – a rollercoaster of pain and mistrust and confusion and guilt and isolation. A rollercoaster with really comfy seats.”
Loaded is a co-production between Channel 4, American network AMC, production company Hillbilly Television (Holy Flying Circus), and Keshet who created the original Israeli series. It’s expected to air on Channel 4 and AMC in 2017.