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Hullraisers | Preview (Channel 4)

Laugh-out-loud, female-led comedy from Hull's very own Lucy Beaumont, co-written with Anne-Marie O'Connor and Caroline Moran.

Welcome to the dishevelled and joy-filled lives of native Hullians Toni (Leah Brotherhead), Rana (Taj Atwal) and Paula (Sinéad Matthews), as they juggle kids, family, work, demanding friends and frustrating playground-parents - all while trying to squeeze in a bit of mucking about. Toni's an impulsive but big-hearted tornado of chaos.

A self-described actress, who has no acting jobs, she adores her four-year-old daughter Grace (Matilda Firth) and soulmate Craig (Perry Fitzpatrick), but still dreams of escaping Hull and craves her pre-parenthood life. Toni's bestie is Rana, a powerhouse policewoman whose daily life is ruled by her libido.

She'd rather 'investigate' the full spectrum of Hull's hottest bachelors than settle down. And then there's Paula, Toni's down-to-earth, matriarchal big sister, who married her childhood sweetheart Dane (Yanick Ghanty) - Rana's big brother - and had two kids, 17-year-old Ashley (Natalie Davies) and seven-year-old Jake (Jaylan Batten). Paula is Toni's polar opposite: for her, there's 'no place like Hull', and she just can't understand Toni's constant need for more.

Between them, they're making the best of life on the shores of the Humber - even if, to the untrained eye, it looks like one never-ending balls-up. In the opening episode, Toni hasn't had a night out since Grace was born, and things are getting desperate. So she secretly skips Grace's drama club rehearsal for a sneaky pub visit, where Grace learns some colourful new words.

Paula's tearing her hair out over Ashley's terrible new boyfriend - though revelations about his dad's job might help to change her mind. Meanwhile, Rana meets up with the Hull City player she met last night - realising too late that he isn't quite what she remembered. Dragged into helping with his grandad's wake, the arrival of a really fit family member gives Rana an incentive to stick around...

The full series will be available to stream or download for free on All 4 following the transmission of this episode on Tuesday 12th April.


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