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Lily Allen Is Starring In A New TV Show About Dysfunctional Families

And it’s set at the seaside.

Freema Agyeman and Lily Allen in a still from Sky's Dreamland. They're photographed against a fairgr...
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Lily Allen’s first lead role in a TV show looks like it’s shaping up to be a doozy. Allen plays the secretive sister at the heart of a new comedy-drama tackling fraught family dynamics. Though she’s acted before – Allen previously had smaller parts in How To Build A Girl, Elizabeth, and even Neighbours (yep, really) – this is by far her biggest television role to date. Intriguingly, Allen was spotted litter picking in a hi-vis jacket and dodging hen parties during filming in Margate earlier in July, as Mail Online reports. So, what do we know about the upcoming new comedy Dreamland? Get up to speed below.

Dreamland Plot

Dreamland is currently filming in the seaside town of Margate, in Kent – and takes its name from the town’s resident fairground and amusement arcade of the same name. The series is created by Irish actor and Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan and based on her BAFTA-winning short film Morgana Robinson's Summer. Released in 2017, the short centres around a baby shower on a scorching hot day, and the secrets that subsequently come out of the woodwork. And according to a synopsis from Sky, Horgan’s new series will feature a number of the same characters, and similar themes.

It reads: “Set in the sun-drenched British seaside town of Margate, it is a dark comedic exploration of multi-generational female relationships, and their (somewhat dysfunctional) family dynamics. Eldest sister Trish (Freema Agyeman) is pregnant for the third time with her partner Spence (Kiell Smith-Bynoe). And this time, she’s decided: it’s going to be a girl. Her two sisters, Clare (Gabby Best) and Leila (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), rally around her with their mum (Frances Barber) and their Margate legend nan (Sheila Reid), ‘manifesting’ a little girl at Trish’s ‘mani-festival’. But, when their other sister, Mel (Lily Allen), makes an unexpected reappearance back into their lives, her return threatens to destabilise the entire family. A knock on their door and their ‘Dreamland’ is no more.”

Dreamland Cast

While it’s Allen’s debut in the lead role of a primetime TV show, she’s no stranger to acting. Last year, she was nominated for an Olivier for her role in the play 2:22 A Ghost Story. In Dreamland, she’ll be joined by Doctor Whos Freema Agyeman, Stath Lets Flats’ Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Switch’s Gabby Best, Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders, Skins), theatre veteran Frances Barber and Benidorm’s Sheila Reid. Samantha Bond – who played MI6 secretary Miss Moneypenny in four James Bond films – will also make a guest appearance.

Dreamland Release Date

Though a release date is yet to be announced, it has already been confirmed that the show will hit Sky Comedy and NOW TV at some point in 2023.