Kacey Ainsworth, Rufus Jones & Michael Falzon Cast In BBC One’s Ben Elton Sitcom


EXCLUSIVE: 
Following on from our recent scoop thatBrenda Edwards and Joanne Matthews have been cast in BBC One’s upcoming six-part comedy series from Ben Elton titled The Wright Way (formerly known as Slings and Arrows), I have just learned that Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders), Rufus Jones (Mongrels) & Australian actor Michael Falzon have all been cast in the comedy as series regulars. They join previously announced cast members David Haig (The Thin Blue Line) and Beattie Edmondson (Absolutely Fabulous).

Penned by Elton, The Wright Way follows Baselricky Council Officer Gerald B. Meakin, a man dedicated to the minimization of risk, even where no actual risk exists. If only Gerald were able to control his own life with the same benevolent despotism with which he regulates other peoples’. Sadly he can’t. A recent divorcee and new single Dad, Gerald B Meakin’s personal life is just one long struggle against the petty irritations and inconvenience which bedevil all our lives. Those 21st century slings and arrows of outrageous fortune against which Gerald’s lengthy rule book is no defence at all. Phil McIntyre Television is producing, with Dewi Humphreys attached to direct.

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Bob Servant Independent, a new comedy for BBC Four

BBC Four’s new comedy series, Bob Servant Independent, follows the trials and tribulations of Bob Servant (Brian Cox) as he endeavours to sell himself, relentlessly, to the good people of Broughty Ferry.




The series stars Brian Cox with Jonathan Watson, Pollyanna McIntosh, and Rufus Jones and will transmit on BBC Four from early January.
The Scottish town of Broughty Ferry doesn’t know what’s hit it. The sudden death of the sitting MP has resulted in a by-election that could change the political map of the UK. Bob Servant (Brian Cox) has been waiting his whole life for this level of attention and he’s willing to do anything to keep it.
Bob sells himself as a man of the people but doesn’t really like people. He also has absolutely no understanding of the political process and uses the by-election campaign as a heaven sent opportunity for self-promotion.
His campaign manager is Frank (Jonathan Watson), Bob’s long-suffering best friend and neighbour, and their love-hate relationship is a central aspect of Bob Servant Independent.
Brian Cox said: “As a Dundee man I am very excited to be in this comedy set in Broughty Ferry. With the comic writing skills of fellow Dundonian, Neil Forsyth, and the audacious spirit of Bob Servant it captures the very essence of the unique East Coast humour.”
As the series progresses, Bob has an increasingly fractious relationship with the favourite to win the seat, a slick professional politician called Nick Edwards (Rufus Jones). Bob also struggles to deal with Edwards’ campaign manager (and wife), Philippa Edwards (Pollyanna McIntosh), a smart, no-nonsense woman, always two steps ahead of Frank.
The two campaigns jar markedly while the series builds to the natural climax of election night.
Writer and creator of Bob Servant Independent, Neil Forsyth, added: “It’s hugely exciting that Bob is making it onto the telly, and that Brian is once again involved and leading a brilliant cast. He’s been a supporter of the Bob Servant cause for a long time. To be honest, Bob would probably be disappointed that he’s been overlooked to play himself, but even he would reluctantly accept Brian taking up the challenge.”
Bob Servant Independent is written by Neil Forsyth and produced by Owen Bell.
It was commissioned by BBC Four and Cheryl Taylor, former Controller, Comedy Commissioning, and Mark Freeland (BBC Four) and Ewan Angus (BBC Scotland) are the co-executive producers.

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Character Profile
Nick Edwards (played by Rufus Jones)
A Westminster protégé, Nick Edwards is a career politician who descends on Broughty Ferry to wow the locals and pick up what he sees as a safe seat. He heads up an impressive operation. Slick, well-funded, highly organised, the Edwards campaign is everything that Bob and Frank are not. Nick has come here to win a by-election but no amount of political training could have prepared him for the experience of taking on Bob Servant.
Bob’s view on Nick – “Wet behind the ears.”
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Bob Servant Independent, a new comedy for BBC Four

BBC Four’s new comedy series, Bob Servant Independent, follows the trials and tribulations of Bob Servant (Brian Cox) as he endeavours to sell himself, relentlessly, to the good people of Broughty Ferry.

The series stars Brian Cox with Jonathan Watson, Pollyanna McIntosh, and Rufus Jones and will transmit on BBC Four from early January.

The Scottish town of Broughty Ferry doesn’t know what’s hit it. The sudden death of the sitting MP has resulted in a by-election that could change the political map of the UK. Bob Servant (Brian Cox) has been waiting his whole life for this level of attention and he’s willing to do anything to keep it.

Bob sells himself as a man of the people but doesn’t really like people. He also has absolutely no understanding of the political process and uses the by-election campaign as a heaven sent opportunity for self-promotion.

His campaign manager is Frank (Jonathan Watson), Bob’s long-suffering best friend and neighbour, and their love-hate relationship is a central aspect of Bob Servant Independent.

Brian Cox said: “As a Dundee man I am very excited to be in this comedy set in Broughty Ferry. With the comic writing skills of fellow Dundonian, Neil Forsyth, and the audacious spirit of Bob Servant it captures the very essence of the unique East Coast humour.”

As the series progresses, Bob has an increasingly fractious relationship with the favourite to win the seat, a slick professional politician called Nick Edwards (Rufus Jones). Bob also struggles to deal with Edwards’ campaign manager (and wife), Philippa Edwards (Pollyanna McIntosh), a smart, no-nonsense woman, always two steps ahead of Frank.

The two campaigns jar markedly while the series builds to the natural climax of election night.

Writer and creator of Bob Servant Independent, Neil Forsyth, added: “It’s hugely exciting that Bob is making it onto the telly, and that Brian is once again involved and leading a brilliant cast. He’s been a supporter of the Bob Servant cause for a long time. To be honest, Bob would probably be disappointed that he’s been overlooked to play himself, but even he would reluctantly accept Brian taking up the challenge.”

Bob Servant Independent is written by Neil Forsyth and produced by Owen Bell.

It was commissioned by BBC Four and Cheryl Taylor, former Controller, Comedy Commissioning, and Mark Freeland (BBC Four) and Ewan Angus (BBC Scotland) are the co-executive producers.

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Character Profile

Nick Edwards (played by Rufus Jones)

A Westminster protégé, Nick Edwards is a career politician who descends on Broughty Ferry to wow the locals and pick up what he sees as a safe seat. He heads up an impressive operation. Slick, well-funded, highly organised, the Edwards campaign is everything that Bob and Frank are not. Nick has come here to win a by-election but no amount of political training could have prepared him for the experience of taking on Bob Servant.

Bob’s view on Nick – “Wet behind the ears.”

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Another new project for Rufus!

Sky has announced the cast of Julia Davis’s new historical sitcom, Hunderby, as production gets under way.

Alexandra Roach, who played the young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, will star as Helene, a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village. There, she is swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund, who will be played by Alex MacQueen, the quietly sinister ‘blue-skies advisor’ Julius Nicholson from The Thick Of It .

Davis, best known for Nighty Night, plays the housekeeper, who interferes with their relationship.

Alexander Armstrong has a role as a priest, Kevin Eldon is a ‘mysterious hunchbacked figure from Helene’s past’ and Rufus Jones, who played Terry Jones in Holy Flying Circus, will be a doctor.

Hunderby, which will go out on the premium Sky Atlantic, is being made by Baby Cow – whose credits include Gavin and Stacy and the Mighty Boosh – with Armando Iannucci among the executive producers.



carlospalinez:

Speaking of Jones the Wife and that other guy…

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Rufus Jones Takes To The Air
Fans of CBBC’s Pixelface may have spotted another TVO artist on today’s show: Rufus Jones guested as “The Pilot”!
If you haven’t caught the show yet (and therefore have no idea what we’re talking about), Pixelface is a sitcom spin-off from the sketch show Sorry, I’ve Got No Head. Set in the imagined world inside a games console, it follows the on-and-off-screen lives of a group of computer game characters.
It also stars Gareth Tunley, and a previous episode has featured another TVO favourite, Colin Hoult.
To watch today’s episode with Rufus Jones, titled ‘Come Fly With Me’ (another cheeky Booshniverse reference?)  head on over to iPlayer.

Rufus Jones Takes To The Air

Fans of CBBC’s Pixelface may have spotted another TVO artist on today’s show: Rufus Jones guested as “The Pilot”!

If you haven’t caught the show yet (and therefore have no idea what we’re talking about), Pixelface is a sitcom spin-off from the sketch show Sorry, I’ve Got No Head. Set in the imagined world inside a games console, it follows the on-and-off-screen lives of a group of computer game characters.

It also stars Gareth Tunley, and a previous episode has featured another TVO favourite, Colin Hoult.

To watch today’s episode with Rufus Jones, titled ‘Come Fly With Me’ (another cheeky Booshniverse reference?)  head on over to iPlayer.



purplehairedcomedy:

Rufus Jones in Thank God You’re Here.



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just wanted to say thank you for the blog. i've really enjoyed the clips, which i'd never have found otherwise. i was a nelson fangirl first, but i'm becoming quite the rufus fan now, too. thanks again!
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Aw, thank you very much! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! There hasn’t been much to update it with, recently, but I will keep on when things come to light.