Production Company:
Avalon Television

Commissioning Broadcaster:
Channel 4

Series Breakdown:
S1 6 x 30
S2 6 x 30
S3 6 x 30
S4 6 x 30

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ROB DELANEY and SHARON HORGAN write and star in Catastrophe, a comedy following an Irish woman and an American man who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London. Clumsy lust, instant pregnancy, and genuine disaster provide the foundation for this flaming hovel of a relationship.

In a mess of events always in danger of slipping out of their grasp, Rob and Sharon must also learn to deal with her largely awful friend (ASHLEY JENSEN, Extras, Ugly Betty); his eccentric Bostonian mother (CARRIE FISHER, Star Wars); and attempt to navigate the choppy waters of their ever-more-complicating lives.

Catastrophe has garnered universal acclaim with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (representing the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or TV show). CARRIE FISHER received a posthumous Emmy® Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Series Three. The first scripted format adaptation of Catastrophe launched in Canada in 2017, produced by 1R2J for French language broadcaster Super Ecran. After premiering on Channel 4, the show is broadcast in the USA as an Amazon Prime Original and has sold into over 130 other countries around the world.

“The writing was on the nose throughout, juggling romance and rows with rare skill. Everyone has had these conversations, or ones very similar to them, whether parent, partner or just person…I was in tears – of laughter, recognition, or maybe just tears…”
The Times

Named “TV’s Best New Comedy Series” by New York Magazine, and USA Today calls it “Wonderfully, addictively funny”.

“Fearless comedy, full of black farce and unflinching observation, yet never ashamed to be downright silly, too”
The Daily Telegraph

“The hands-down funniest comedy of the year”
The Observer


2018 C21 Format Awards (Best Scripted Format)
2018 Broadcast Award Awards (Best Comedy Programme)
2017 C21 International Drama Awards (Best Returning Comedy)
2017 Online Film and Television Association Awards (Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Carrie Fisher)
2016 Monte Carlo Golden Nymphs (Best Actress – TV Series Comedy – Sharon Horgan)
2016 South Bank Sky Arts Awards (Comedy)

2016 BAFTA TV Craft Awards (Best Writer – Comedy)
2016 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards (Best Comedy and Best Writer)
2016 Royal Television Society Awards (Scripted Comedy and Writer: Comedy)
2015 Women in Film & TV Awards (Writer Award – Sharon Horgan)
2015 Rose D’Or Awards (Best Sitcom)