Almost forty years after Fawlty Towers, John Cleese will return to the small screen with a new BBC sitcom that will reunite him with his Clockwise co-star Alison Steadman.
Created and written by Charles McKeown,
Oscar-nominated co-author of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, the project is titled Edith; here’s the official synopsis:
For Edith (Steadman), life is pretty good. She’s been a widow for some years now, but her children live locally and drop by regularly, and she enjoys daily visits from Phil (Cleese), an old boyfriend who now lives across the road.Phil dreams of marrying Edith, and the pair of them upping sticks and moving abroad to the sunshine.
But after months of turning him down, on the happy day Edith finally says “yes”, there’s a knock on the door - and there on the step, with a large suitcase, is her fifty year old son Roger (Jason Watkins). He announces that he’s left his wife, his kids and his good job at the bank, and come home in an attempt to find his lost happiness again. And in a blink, to Edith’s dismay and Phil’s fury, all dreams are on hold.
Co-starring are Jessica Hynes as Roger’s abandoned wife Wendy, Anne Reid as the interfering housekeeper Mrs Gale, Rosie Cavaliero as Roger’s money-driven sister Sandra, James Cosmo as Edith’s troublesome ex-boyfriend Bob and Peter Egan as the confrontational local resident Mr Dugdale.
actor described the stories as “the most enjoyable scripts I’ve been sent in the last 100 years".