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Puppy Love

Puppy Love

Puppy Love is currently airing on BBC4. Written by and starring Jo Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, co-creators of the BAFTA nominated "Getting On", Puppy Love is a story of love, dogs and the love of dogs. Set around The Wirral-based dog training classes run by the formidable Nana V (Jo Scanlan) - "For All Your Dogging Needs".

Puppy Love follows two very different women - Nana V and Naomi Singh (Vicki Pepperdine) as they navigate their headstrong dogs, impossible teenage kids and disappointing husbands.

The BBC's Shane Allen says: "Puppy Love both celebrates and sends up the deeply held relationship between dogs and their owners. This is a real passion piece from Jo and Vicki who have yet again succeeded in creating a wonderful set of characters."



Millie Inbetween

Millie Inbetween

Millie Inbetween is a brand new comedy about families - especially complicated ones (are there any other kind?). It's like a UK version of Modern Family. It's about kids' real lives, and the stories are told from the perspective of shrewd, sparky 11 year old Millie played by Millie Innes (Maisie from Dani's House), who, along with her big sister Lauren, lives alternately with her separated Mum and Dad.

Millie Inbetween stars James Bachman, Hannah Jane Fox, Jaye Jacobs and Jeremy Edwards and is currently showing on CBBC.








Moving On 6

Moving On 6

Created by EMMY and multi BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, the Moving On series includes five stand-alone dramas featuring a plethora of famous faces including screen legend Hayley Mills, with Lisa Riley, Kenneth Cranham, Peter Egan, Neil Fitzmaurice, Wil Johnson, Charles Venn, Anna Crilly, Katy Carmichael, Dominic Carter, Chris McCausland and Graeme Hawley.

Produced by LA Productions for the BBC, the series explores contemporary issues, all linked by the common theme of characters who reach a turning point in life and then move on. With 5x45 minute standalone dramas broadcast over a week, Moving On is reminiscent of the Play for Today. In 2013, it was the first series ever to have been premiered on the BBC iPlayer.

Previous episodes have been directed by Robert Glenister, Dominic West and Johnny Vegas and have starred Corin Redgrave, Sheila Hancock, Anna Massey, Ian Hart, and Lesley Sharp.

The show aired in November 2014.

Read more about the show:
LA Productions website
, Moving On on the BBC.



Stepping Up for BAFTA's

Stepping Up for BAFTA's

LA Productions childrens drama Stepping Up has received two nominations in the Drama and Writer categories at this years BAFTA Children's Awards, which honour the very best in children's media. The ceremony will be held on Sunday 24 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

In addition, the BAFTA Kids' Vote launches today, in which children aged between seven and 14 years have their say in a nationwide poll to choose their favourite film, television programme, website and game. Children can cast their votes at www.baftakidsvote.org

Stepping Up focuses on children who are experiencing the transition from primary to secondary school. The five stand-alone dramas, which were penned by different writers, are themed around the new challenges children face when moving into this new and sometimes overwhelming environment.

The programme has also just won a prestigious RTS Television Award.

Read more about Stepping Up:
LA Productions website, BAFTA website.
2013 at Michelle Smith Casting

2013 at Michelle Smith Casting

2013 has been hugely successful at Michelle Smith Casting with productions such as Common and Moving On - Series 5 (pictured), both by Jimmy McGovern. The new series of Moving On has a terrific cast including Coronation Street and Strictly Come Dancing star Natalie Gumede together with Lee Ingleby, Ray Fearon, Jo Joyner, Anita Dobson, Amy Nuttall, Duncan Preston and Keith Barron.

Directors for the fifth series include Johnny Vegas, Robert Glenister, Noreen Kershaw and Gary Williams.

So along with our ninth series of Waterloo Road, new Internet series World of Street Dad, the second series of Dani's Castle and Off Their Rockers, and feature film Electricity starring Agyness Deyn, it's been a really exciting year for us so far!