Lizzie And Sarah
Julia Davis has joined forces with Spaced star Jessica Hynes to write and appear in a brand new comedy pilot for BBC2.
Lizzie And Sarah co-stars comedy legend (The Actor) Kevin Eldon, plus Hynes’ former Spaced co-star Mark Heap alongside Claire Rushbrook (Spaced, Doctor Who) and Stephen Evans (Hyperdrive, Julian Barratt’s short Curtains). BBC2’s programme guide has this to say about the plot:
Lizzie and Sarah are two fiftysomething suburban housewives, perpetually mistreated and ignored by unloving, selfish husbands. The highlight of their otherwise dull lives is their role in an amateur dramatic society, The Borking Players. In the aftermath of a tragic accident which causes the death of a popular local teenager, emotions run high, and following a dismal birthday lunch for Sarah, the two friends embark on a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip. As the day unfolds, they find a way to wreak their revenge.
The pilot is made by BabyCow Productions. BabyCow, owned by Steve Coogan & Henry Normal, are responsible for The Mighty Boosh and Nighty Night amongst others, and their recent smash hit Gavin & Stacey suggests the BBC will be giving this one a strong chance to develop into a full series, though the late broadcast time of 11:45 next Saturday evening seems somewhat prohibitive if they want a ratings grabber!
The pilot is broadcast on BBC2 and BBCHD on Saturday March 20th, with viewers in Scotland getting the standard definition broadcast 30 minutes later, at 12:15am. We’ll provide you with an iPlayer link as soon as we have one.
I’m looking forward to this. Julia always seems to take on challenging projects which I really admire. I loved her in Nighty Night as Jill Tyrell and she was fantastic as Fanny Craddock. I didn’t watch Gavin and Stacey cos that’s not my type of thing, but this sounds really good. She will tackle dark topics and somehow make something humorous out of it. Even though Jill Tyrell was a deeply flawed, and twisted character she injected comedy and humanity into her. I could weep with laughter when I think of her in the hair salon telling Linda off!