BBC Radio 4 comedy from Dead Ringers team
Speed - best known as Natalie Evans in EastEnders - swaps Walford
for Cornwall to play a feisty smuggler in Elephants To Catch
Eels, a new six part comedy drama series on BBC Radio 4 starting
Wednesday 12 February at 11.30am.
is written by Nev Fountain and Tom Jamieson, the team behind BBC
Radio 4's award-winning radio (and now television) show Dead Ringers.
The series is produced by Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens.
said: "I like the strong and capable character of Tamsyn; it
was a very liberating role to play.
Cornish accent was a bit of a challenge but the fact that it was
some of the Dead Ringers team, which I love, behind the series really
made me want to do it. Then I read the script and thought it was
in Drumlin Bay, Cornwall at the end of the 18th century, Elephants
To Catch Eels follows the smuggling exploits of Tamsyn Trelawney
(Lucy Speed) and her drunken father Jago (former Coronation Street
star John Bowe) who claims her contraband successes as his own.
is pursued by Captain Marriot, one of the few local law enforcement
officers who isn't corrupt and who is embittered after years fruitlessly
Marriot gets a new boss, the gentlemanly Major Falconer. Marriot
believes finally Tamsyn's days are numbered. Falconer is determined
to capture the smugglers.
with Jago's bragging, Tamsyn's entrancing charms and his own reluctance
to believe that a woman could be responsible, the Major has some
trouble in discovering the truth behind Drumlin Bay's smuggling.
acted on radio as a child actor: "I've always loved radio.
It's lovely to do something that's anonymous because you can really
concentrate on what you're doing and people don't always recognise
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