A JOINER and a plumber who grew up together in Morley are hoping for a future in the world of television.
Andrew Dorree and Gavin O’Malley are working together on a sitcom called Make it Plumb which draws on their experiences in the building trade.
The friends are hoping their show, which they describe as “a cross between Only Fools and Horses and Auf Wiedersen Pet”, will be taken up by a television company.
They have already filmed taster scenes at Andrew’s home in Batley and have plans to film a pilot episode in March which will be shown on Freeview channel Made in Leeds TV.
Gavin, 34, a self employed plumber, assistant producer and potential actor in the series, explained how it all started.
He said: “The idea was born when Andy was sat one day watching a programme called Outnumbered.
“He thought it was rubbish and could write a better sitcom so, over drinks, he started.”
While many great ideas hatched over drinks come to nothing, Andrew persisted and developed it with the help of director and friend Nathan Camponi and has now written storylines for three series.
Gavin said: “The rough outline is there are two brothers, Stan and Paul Allcock, who have lost their business, as have many people in the recession.
“They are at a low point when they have nothing and are scratching around for work when they stumble across a site that becomes their work for the next three years.
“It follows their life and work, the jovial side of the business but also the drama as they deal with debts and relationship break ups.”
Already a number of actors have said they are interested in getting involved, including Anthony Lewis, who has appeared in Emmerdale, Torchwood and The Syndicate, veteran actor Sean Glenn and model and actress Laura Carter, who appeared in Red Riding and Emmerdale.
Gavin is hoping to also appear as one of the regular characters but says he, like everyone who has given their time and energy to the project, is not doing it in the hope of fame and fortune but because he believes in the project.