John Cleese has been signed by BBC One to star in a new six-part comedy series Edith.
Starring alongside Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins, Edith centers on a widow whose dreams of moving away with an old boyfriend are put on hold when her adult son returns home. The BBC Studios production is penned by (Brazil writer) Oscar nominee Charles McKeown and directed by Sandy Johnson. The cast also includes Jessica Hynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo and Peter Egan.
The star of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda is one of the comedy screen powerhouses of modern times and (below) has starred with Alison before playing her husband in the madcap movie Clockwork.
And now, after almost forty years after his previous BBC Comedies he is back where it all started.
Cleese noted: “These are the most enjoyable scripts I’ve been sent in the last 100 years. It will also be particularly nice to work with Alison again since we joined forces in Clockwise all that time ago.”
Shane Allen, Belfast born controller of BBC comedy commissioning, stated: “If you had carte blanche on your fantasy BBC One comedy cast then you’d not be far off the Edith lineup. It’s also a huge pleasure to welcome John Cleese back to the land of BBC sitcom—his last one did alright. This is the cream of British talent giving the BBC One audience the very best comedy on television.”
The sitcom is due on air in Autumn 2017