Strange things happen in St Gweep.
The small Cornish town is host to all manner of odd occurrences, in Simon Nye's dark comedy. Dawn French and Catherine Tate star as Mary and Angela - a tempestuous lesbian couple, who will do anything to preserve their village from the hordes of holiday home buyers and thrill-seeking bungee-jumpers. Pretty much all outsiders are a target for suspicion.
Nye said, ''I wanted to show life in a small community because there's nothing like an inward-looking village for paranoia, jealousy and fear, and these emotions can be horribly funny. They say writers' work gets darker as they get older, but in fact mine is generally getting sunnier and sillier.''
Mary and Angela run the village shop, so encounter most of the villagers and passers-through on a daily basis. Though they are a long-term couple, maintaining a business and relationship for fifteen years, they are always on the lookout for new boyfriends. Or girlfriends. Or just anyone. ''I hope it’s clear that they are basically very happy together, even though they only got together originally because there was nobody else available,'' adds Nye.
How did French respond to her role? ''I wanted to do a darker sort of script because everything I've done so far is a bit chirripy and especially Vicar was a bit squeaky clean.''
Also appearing are Ann Marie Duff (Shameless, The Virgin Queen) as ''wickedly, weirdly witch'' Holly, and the appropriately odd-coiff'd West Country hobbit, Bill Bailey as Doug.