Raised by Wolves (TV series)

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Raised by Wolves
Genre Sitcom
Written by Caitlin Moran
Caroline Moran
Starring Rebekah Staton
Helen Monks
Alexa Davies
Molly Risker
Philip Jackson
Caden Ellis Wall
Erin Freeman
Kaine Zajaz
Erin Kellyman
Brandon Fellows
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 23 December 2013 (2013-12-23) – 6 April 2016 (2016-04-06)

Raised by Wolves is a British television sitcom written by Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline Moran. It follows a loose account of the siblings' youth in Wolverhampton, transposed to the modern day. A pilot episode was developed by the BBC and broadcast on Channel 4 on 23 December 2013, and the show was subsequently ordered to series. It stars Helen Monks and Alexa Davies as the oldest sisters in a large family raised by an unconventional single mother.

A six-part series began broadcasting on Channel 4 on 16 March 2015.[1] The first series attracted an average of 1.3 million viewers and 6.3% share of audience per episode, making it Channel 4's second highest-rating comedy of 2015.[2] A second six-part series was filmed in late 2015, which began broadcasting on 2 March 2016.[2] The show was cancelled on 9 August 2016 due to Channel 4's "commitments to new programmes" for the following year.[3]

On 18 October 2016, the Moran sisters launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to make a third series of the show. The plan was to make a special one-off episode if the campaign received £320,000 by 20 November 2016; or to make a third series (to be premiered in late 2017) if more than £320,000 was donated.[4] The campaign was unsuccessful and plans for a third series were cancelled.[5]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (2013)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1Pilot"Pilot"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran23 December 2013 (2013-12-23)
Della Garry lives in Wolverhampton with her five daughters and one son. Eldest daughter Germaine is smitten by local bad boy Lee Rhind, even though he is meant to have shot a snail with an air rifle, and has built a shrine to him.

Series 1 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
21"Hand Jam"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran16 March 2015 (2015-03-16)
Della takes the girls foraging for free food on the common. On the way Germaine is thrilled to see Lee Rhind's house is next to the common. The girls find foraging boring and the onset of Yoko's period halts the exercise.
32"Yoko's Got Talent"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran23 March 2015 (2015-03-23)
Germaine interrupts her sisters' Britain's Got Talent session to announce that she needs new knickers and, since Yoko also needs a new bra, Della grudgingly takes her daughters to town, shopping.
43"Mehmesis"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran30 March 2015 (2015-03-30)
Cousin Cathy calls by unannounced and everybody is pleased to see her - except Germaine, and to make matters worse Cathy attracts the desirable Lee Rhind.
54"The iPhone, the Bitch and the Wardrobe"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran6 April 2015 (2015-04-06)
Della believes that the girls should socialize more and makes them attend the birthday party for depressive Uncle Natie, whose wife has left him. Yoko is very nervous but is declared a champion due to her unexpected skill at computer games whilst Germaine is annoyed to find that Cathy has invited Lee Rhind as her guest.
65"Little Orphan Mannie"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran13 April 2015 (2015-04-13)
After Grampy's mother dies and his wife dumps him - literally, in a layby - Della decides he should move in with the family and takes Aretha to collect his mourning clothes, narrowly avoiding a meeting with her hated mother.
76"The Dorch"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran20 April 2015 (2015-04-20)
Germaine is thrilled to hear that Lee Rhind is on the market again after a split from Cathy and discovers that he is going to the Dorchester night club. Della consents to her going - provided she takes Yoko, whose dancing is a hit, and Aretha. However having been mistaken for a prostitute and realizing that she is irresistible to men Germaine ditches Lee.

Series 2 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
81"The Monroe Technique"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran2 March 2016 (2016-03-02)
To save money Della cancels the Internet, forcing the girls to go to the library where bookish Yoko and Aretha are quite at home though Germaine finds it boring and quiet. However a chance encounter with Callum allows her to use the Monroe Technique and secure a date with him.
92"Hairy Poppins"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran9 March 2016 (2016-03-09)
With landlady Laura coming to inspect the house Della not only organizes a clean-up but sends the children for a day with their unemployed, former left wing campaigner father Sean. He takes them for a picnic in the country in woodlands, now claimed by a private company where their exercise in civil disobedience ends in arrest.
103"Old School"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran16 March 2016 (2016-03-16)
Having home educated the children Della is shocked when Aretha declares that she wants to go to school and coerces Callum into being her guardian whilst Sean also turns up to promise that he will get even with any bullies. Unfortunately the school is chaotic and badly run and Aretha's rant against it gets her excluded.
114"Working Girl"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran23 March 2016 (2016-03-23)
As Aretha enjoys college life with radical Economics lecturer Ruby, Della takes Germaine, who claims to be pregnant, to work with her at Pound Lord to show her what real life is like. The pregnancy is a false scare but Della does meet up with old flame Michael and ends the day with a proposition for Callum.
125"The Car Boot"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran30 March 2016 (2016-03-30)
To raise money to pay the gas bill Della drags the family off to a car boot sale where the little ones do well by playing the sympathy card, but Yoko and Aretha's environmentally friendly method of organizing car parking causes chaos.
136"Dead Man's Caravan"Ian Fitzgibbon Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran6 April 2016 (2016-04-06)
Della and the family head off for Wales to stay in a caravan that was owned by Grampy's late friend Deano, but with Aretha and Germaine both feeling dumped by objects of their affections.

Reception[edit]

Raised by Wolves was generally well received by critics: The Daily Telegraph called it "terrific" and "refreshingly honest", as "every one-liner was a zinger";[6] while The Independent described it as "great fun"[7] and with "joie de vivre to spare";[8] and The Guardian described it as a "loving and funny sitcom".[9]

Amidst this acclaim, The Glasgow Herald complained about the focus on a character's first period in the pilot episode, labelling the comedy "a bloody mess".[10]

With the arrival of the second series in 2016, the Radio Times declared that "the comedy gets even better. And filthier."[11]

American series[edit]

In January 2017, ABC is remaking the series with Diablo Cody as writer and Greg Berlanti producing.[12] It was announced in February 2017 that Georgia King would play the lead in the ABC series.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raised By Wolves". www.comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Dowell, Ben (8 June 2015). "Bostin' news: Caitlin and Caz Moran's Raised by Wolves gets a second series". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Jackson, Jasper (9 August 2016). "Channel 4 axes Raised by Wolves, but Caitlin Moran promises third series". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Moran, Caitlin; Moran, Caroline (17 October 2016). "Save The Wolves!". www.kickstarter.com. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Ben, Dowell (2016). "Caitlin Moran fails to reach £320,000 target to crowdfund more Raised by Wolves". The Radio Times. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Brown, Helen (16 March 2015). "Raised by Wolves, series 1 episode 1, review: 'refreshingly honest'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Jones, Ellen (16 March 2015). "Raised by Wolves, TV review: Caitlin Moran's Channel 4 series makes for an enjoyable trip down memory lane". The Independent. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Bennion, Chris (23 March 2015). "Raised by Wolves, review: Caitlin Moran's sitcom has got joie de vivre to spare". The Independent. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (17 March 2015). "Raised by Wolves review – a heartwarming tale of Black Country folk". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  10. ^ McDowall, Julie (16 March 2015). "TV review: Raised by Wolves was a bloody mess". The Herald. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Delgado, Kasia (2 March 2016). "Raised by Wolves is funnier and filthier as series two begins". The Radio Times. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (20 January 2017). "'Raised By Wolves' Pilot From Greg Berlanti, Diablo Cody Ordered at ABC". variety.com. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (21 February 2017). "Georgia King To Topline 'Raised By Wolves' ABC Comedy Pilot From Diablo Cody & Berlanti Prods". deadline.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 

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