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OB Ivan's debut ITV sitcom

OB Ivan Gonzalez ('97-'04) co-created, co-wrote and also stars in new ITV show, Deep Heat, which is set in Birkenhead. 
Deep Heat starring Ivan Gonzales (second from right)
Deep Heat starring Ivan Gonzales (second from right)

ITV2 have commissioned Deep Heat, a brand-new comedy written and created by celebrated comedy duo Max & Ivan with co-writer Andrew Ellard. OB Ivan Gonzalez (‘97-’04) co-created, co-wrote and also stars in the show, which is also set in Birkenhead. 

Deep Heat is produced by SLAM Films and directed by BAFTA-winning Matt Lipsey. 

The series comprises six, 30-minute episodes, and follows quick-witted, rebellious Holly (Jahannah James), a frustrated wannabe wrestler facing the challenge of a lifetime.  

When all of Boss Pro’s top wrestlers are poached by her brother Nick Nitro (Richard Fleeshman), Holly’s mum, Pam (Pippa Haywood), is left devastated as it looks as though it’s game over for the North West’s oldest pro-wrestling company. But, if Holly can bring together Boss Pro’s remaining gang of misfits, the company might just survive…if only Pam would allow Holly to wrestle herself. 

Deep Heat boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes: Jahannah James (The Self-Tapers), Pippa Haywood (Green Wing), Richard Fleeshman (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Paul Olima (Newcomer), Alistair Petrie (Sex Education), Max Olesker (W1A), Ivan Gonzalez (W1A), Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary), Sasha Desouza-Willock (Adult Material) and Abby Russell (Hang Ups) with guest appearances from Matt Lucas (Little Britain), John Thomson (Cold Feet), Ben Ashenden (Stath Lets Flats) and Carla Langley (There She Goes).  

Paul Mortimer, ITV’s Content Director for On Demand and Acquisitions, said, “Deep Heat is a brilliant new addition to ITV2 and ITV Hub as we continue to bolster our scripted comedy content for younger viewers. The writers have created these brilliant and hilarious characters set in a fictional pro-wrestling company.” 

Louise Delamere and Stephen Mangan, Executive Producers, said, “We can’t wait to unleash the wonderful Deep Heat on the world – a high-energy and joyous comic celebration of wrestling, glamour and tight spandex”. 

All episodes are available to watch now via the ITV Hub, or on Mondays at 10pm on ITV2. 

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