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24 September 2014
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New BBC Radio 4 comedy from Dead Ringers team

Lucy 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.

It 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.

Lucy said: "I like the strong and capable character of Tamsyn; it was a very liberating role to play.

"The 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 hilarious!"

Set 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.

Tamsyn is pursued by Captain Marriot, one of the few local law enforcement officers who isn't corrupt and who is embittered after years fruitlessly chasing her.

Then Marriot gets a new boss, the gentlemanly Major Falconer. Marriot believes finally Tamsyn's days are numbered. Falconer is determined to capture the smugglers.

However 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.

Lucy 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 your voice."

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, as well as six BBC radio networks.

The soon to launch BBC THREE will become available as it goes on air.



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