Steadman plays Edith, a widow who enjoys daily visits from an old boyfriend, Phil (Cleese), who now lives across the street. Just as Phil finally convinces Edith to marry him and move abroad to a sunnier climate, her 50-year-old son announces that he’s moving back home after having left his job and family, which puts Edith and Phil’s dreams on hold.
“If you had carte blanche on your fantasy BBC One comedy cast then you’d not be far off the Edith line-up,” said Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC. “It’s also a huge pleasure to welcome John Cleese back to the land of BBC sitcom – his last one did all right.”
Joining Cleese and Steadman are joined by Jason Watkins, Jessica Hynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo, and Peter Egan. Watkin’s will play Edith’s son.
The BBC Studios production will be directed by Sandy Johnson and produced by Humphrey Barclay. Moira Williams and Chris Sussman will serve as executive producers.
The project is a reunion for Cleese and Steadman who previously starred in the 1986 film Clockwise. More recently, the Monty Python star has had guest spots on the U.S. half-hours Will and Grace, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Entourage. Steadman has been seen on Orphan Black, Boomers, and Love & Marriage.
Emily J | TV Editor