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A new sitcom satirising small-minded Britain starring Jack Dee, Harry Hill, Michelle Collins, Romesh Ranganathan and Brenda Gilhooly
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 STRETCH GOAL #1 - £3,000

This gives us a small additional budget so we can shoot exterior scenes and driving sequences on a special low loader vehicle with specialist camera and lighting equipment. 

THE MAYORESS is a brand new hilarious sitcom starring legendary multi award winning comedy superstars JACK DEE and HARRY HILL, rising comedy star ROMESH RANGANATHAN, star of Eastenders and Coronation Street MICHELLE COLLINS and comedy actress and writer BRENDA GILHOOLY, creator of comedy character Page Three Stunner Gayle Tuesday and writer on Harry Hill’s TV Burp.

Written by Brenda Gilhooly, set in the fictional town of Mansford the show merrily satirises middle England, local politics, daft bureaucracy and the deluded nature of small time power. The councillors are always getting hot under the collar about something - new EU regulations or a pole dancing club going up next to a nursery or the latest wheelie bin disaster.

In this opening episode, Susan (Brenda Gilhooly) is elected Mayoress, much to the annoyance of rivals Tim (Jack Dee) and Denise (Michelle Collins) - they think she’s far too common. However all is not lost: when Susan vows to attend that week’s Citizenship Ceremony against Councillor Ravi’s advice (Romesh Ranganthan)... thinking on her feet’s not one of her strong points…this might just be the chance Tim and Denise are looking for, to scupper her before she starts. And with the silly, incompetent registrar Roger (Harry Hill) also in tow, the ceremony looks set to be a disaster…

 

 

 

 

 

The show also features:

Ella's credits include playing opposite Martin Freeman in ITV's Hardware, The Catherine Tate Show and Episodes on BBC2.

James's credits include BBC1's Miranda, The Catherine Tate Show and Channel 4's Phoneshop. 

 

David is an actor, writer and director who first came to prominence in award-winning programmes such as I’m Alan Partridge, and The Day Today. He has since appeared in countless TV shows and films such as Mission Impossible and 28 Days Later. He’s presently directing the second series of the sitcom Josh for the BBC and has written a film with Armando Iannucci about the death of Stalin which is filming in the summer. 

Pete has run  a number of independent production companies and divisions for Chrysalis and Sky and has produced a wide range of entertainment and comedy programmes from sitcoms to chat chows to variety shows for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky Television.

David is a multi award-winning television and radio writer and he's written on HBO’s Veep (for which he won an Emmy and two Writers Guild Of America awards), BBC’s The Thick of It, and Harry Hill’s TV Burp (which won numerous awards including Baftas, RTS, British Comedy Awards). He's also written and presented several radio series, including the comedy music encyclopedia The Blagger’s Guide. His first novel The Mule is out now. 

Crowdfunding makes it possible to produce the quality show we want to, funded entirely by the comedy fans who want to see great new comedy. It connects the fans with the comedians directly - giving us all a unique sense of ownership - YOU can make it happen. 

We want to make The Mayoress as a half hour Episode One that also serves as a stand alone comedy short that can be viewed online and then sell it as an online series.

We'd love all you comedy fans out there to join us and make this happen, this is all you need to do:

  • Scroll along the right hand side of this page and choose the reward that you like that suits your budget and make a pledge. (We’ll only collect your money at the end of the campaign once we hit our target). You can only buy one reward but you can upgrade to another level of reward at any time. 
  • Spread the word amongst your friends, family and contacts and share your involvement via Twitter and Facebook, YOU can make a really big difference! 
  • https://twitter.com/MayoressSitcom
  • https://www.facebook.com/TheMayoress/
There's lots more info about how it all works here at Kickstarter's FAQ page.

Because this fabulous cast believe in the project so much, no-one is taking a fee for this show. Everyone is appearing for FREE. The stars are investing in the project themselves by lending their names and time to turn it into a brilliant show just for you. 

So, the budget is ONLY for the production costs, camera crew, edit, location fees, costumes, transport costs and background artists.

If we get funding we can turn this great script with a superstar comedy cast and creative team into a fabulous show. Please join us and spread the word!

Risks and challenges

What happens if we don't hit our funding target? Kickstarter operates on an 'all-or-nothing' basis: if we don't raise £75,000 by 9.57a.m Wednesday June 8th, all the money that has been pledged is returned to the backers,so we need your support so that we raise our full amount in order to succeed.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 7

    MANSFORD COUNCIL OFFENDERS LIST
    For a pledge of £5 you'll receive our supreme thanks for helping to make the project happen you will also get an official rebuke by email from Councillor Tim (Jack) informing you that your name has been placed on the MANSFORD COUNCIL OFFENDERS LIST which will appear on our website.

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    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & STILLS

    For a pledge of £10 you will become an official resident of Mansford County Council with your name on the residential roll call on our website. You'll also receive an Official Newsletter from Susan (Brenda), Tim (Jack), Roger (Harry), Denise (Michelle) and Ravi (Romesh) emailed as a PDF to you welcoming you to the small minded Britain of Mansford. You'll also get access to our production blog with behind the scenes stills.

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    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (see the show before rest of world)

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    MANSFORD COUNTY COUNCIL SUPER-PACK
    Including our convincing and outrageous official notices of parking tickets, compulsory purchase orders and enforcement notices for you to send to your friends or family for fun. All you need to do is supply your friends’ details, we’ll do the rest and email these to you as a PDF so you can print and send.

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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 39

    THE MAYORESS T-SHIRT featuring our poster on the front – you can let the whole world know your status as a SMALL MINDED RESIDENT which will be emblazoned beneath
    Plain white Tee with full colour printing
    Size required

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    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 52

    A4 POSTER OF THE MAYORESS SIGNED BY THE CAST - signed by Jack, Harry, Romesh, Michelle and Brenda.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    THE MAYORESS ‘MEGA- PACK’
    Mansford County Council High-Visibility vest with 'small minded resident' slogan on back and council crest on front + our fabulous Mayoress T-Shirt, badges & vinyl stickers

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    SEND YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY OUR CONVINCING AND OUTRAGEOUS OFFICIAL PARKING TICKETS, COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDERS AND ENFORCEMENT NOTICES ** FOR FUN .
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    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 97

    EXCLUSIVE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION SHOOTING SCRIPT - signed by Jack, Harry, Romesh, Michelle and Brenda.

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    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest, T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    * Download link delivery Jan 2017
    ***Please specify size for Hi-Vis Jacket & T Shirt

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    Pledge £80 or more About US$ 103

    YOUR NAME ON CREDITS on programme & IMDB as a SUPPORTER of THE MAYORESS
    See your name on the credits of The Mayoress under the title 'Thanks To'

    PLUS:
    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest, T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 129

    CAST & CREW PREMIERE TICKET Get an invitation to attend the red carpet screening with the cast and crew in Central London

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    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest,T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 258

    2 x CAST & CREW PREMIERE TICKETS Get two invitations to attend the red carpet screening with the cast and crew in Central London

    PLUS:
    2 x MAYORESS MEGA PACKS (Hi-Vis vest,T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    ***Please specify size for Hi-Vis Jacket & T Shirt

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 643

    DINNER WITH MICHELLE COLLINS & BRENDA GILHOOLY
    A private dinner (on us) with one of the stars of the show and the writer and creator of The Mayoress at The Groucho Club, Soho House or the Hospital Club in Central London.

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    2 x CAST & CREW PREMIERE TICKETS
    2 x MAYORESS MEGA PACKS (Hi-Vis vest,T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,286

    CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on show & IMDB

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    2 INVITATIONS TO CAST & CREW PREMIERE IN CENTRAL LONDON
    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (T-Shirt, Hi-Vis vest, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,571

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on show & IMDB

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    2 INVITATIONS TO CAST & CREW PREMIERE IN CENTRAL LONDON

    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest, T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,571

    PRODUCT PLACEMENT within THE SHOW
    Get your brand or a client brand or product prominently featured in a scene in the programme (precise details by negotiation with the Producer)

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    2 INVITATIONS TO CAST & CREW PREMIERE IN CENTRAL LONDON

    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest, T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 322

    BE AN EXTRA! Get featured as a background artist in the show when shooting on location.

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    1 INVITATION TO CAST & CREW PREMIERE IN CENTRAL LONDON
    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest,T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to location shoot and to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    CORPORATE END CARD Get your company's name and logo on the end of the film as our co-production partner + one EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT for a nominated member of your company.

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    2 INVITATIONS TO CAST & CREW PREMIERE IN CENTRAL LONDON
    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest, T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About US$ 6,426

    'PRESENTED BY' CARD at the beginning of the show. Get your name or your company's name and logo as one of our production partners + one EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

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    2 INVITATIONS TO CAST & CREW PREMIERE IN CENTRAL LONDON
    MAYORESS MEGA PACK (Hi-Vis vest, T-Shirt, badges, stickers & council notices to send to friends)
    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    JOKE NEWSLETTER
    OFFICIAL MANSFORD COUNCIL RESIDENCY NOTICE
    ACCESS TO PRODUCTION BLOG & BEHIND THE SCENES STILLS

    N.B. Travel & Accommodation to attend the premiere at your own expense

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Funding period

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