Starring Sarah Alexander (Coupling, People Like Us, Green Wing) and Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly), Nathanial Parker (Merlin) and Robert Sheehan (Misfits), the new BBC comedy, Me and Mrs. Jones, produced by Hartswood Films (Sherlock, Coupling, Jekyll, Men Behaving Badly), is one to definitely keep an eye on when it premieres on 12 October on BBC One.
A bit more of a romantic comedy role for Alexander when you think back on her characters in Coupling, Green Wing and Smack the Pony. She explains her attraction to the role of ‘Mrs. Jones’: “…For me, this is really what I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It’s working with people that I really respect, and making a comedy show that I love and would want to watch. It’s quite rare to be in something that you would love to watch as well. I think it’s the mix of being real and having an emotional truth. You really do believe that she’s between making this decision to be with Tom (Nathaniel Parker) or Billy (Robert Sheehan) and it’s a real dilemma.”
Morrisey, in addition to his greatness on Men Behaving Badly with Martin Clunes, was the voice of Bob, Lofty and Farmer Pickles in Bob the Builder so how can this not be something to tune in for.
Remembering back on our interviews for the PBS program, Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen, which focused on the writer’s of British situation comedy, with Carla Lane (The Liver Birds, Butterflies, Solo and Mistress), I see a lot of similarities between Carla’s comments and the comments of Dawn French with respect to the need for more women writers that write intelligent roles for female actors.
Much of Lane’s distinctive writing explored sexual and personal relationships from a woman’s experience and point of view. The writing of Me and Mrs. Jones by Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling, who also collaborated on the brilliant Green Wing comedy series, remind me a great deal of a 21st century Carla Lane….which is a good thing.