Kate and Kolo, which launches next year, centers on a working-class woman who runs an old-fashioned café in a neglected seaside town and who develops a strong, if sometimes volatile, friendship with an asylum-seeking African doctor.
It is written by Outnumbered writers Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton.
Jimmy Mulville, managing director at Hat Trick Productions said, “ITV is the perfect home for Kate and Kolo, written by two of the country’s top writers and with two great actors like Brenda and Jimmy, it’s a wonderfully funny and sometimes touching comedy about real people coping with life at the sharp end.”
Saskia Schuster, ITV’s comedy controller, added: “Kate and Kolo will be a new sitcom for ITV filmed in front of a live studio audience to air 2020 on the channel. Brenda and Jimmy head up a fantastic cast and we have six brilliantly written scripts.”
Akingbola, who also appeared alongside Idris Elba in Sky comedy In The Long Run, is repped by Hamilton Hodell in the UK and Abrama Artists Agency in the U.S, while Blethyn is repped by ICM and Independent Talent Group.