Carrie & Barry is a brand new sitcom for BBC ONE which reunites
Neil Morrissey with Hartswood Films, executive producer
Beryl Vertue, writer Simon Nye and director Martin Dennis, the team
who made him a household name in the long-running hit Men Behaving Badly.
Neil stars opposite Claire Rushbrook, Mark
Williams and Michelle Gomez in the series
which is produced by Sue Vertue.
Neil plays part-time cabbie Barry and Claire Rushbrook (Linda Green,
Family Business) is his beautician wife Carrie.
The couple find themselves with the daily challenges of keeping the
spice in their marriage and the fun in their day jobs - as well as having
to deal with Barry's teenage daughter Sinead (Sarah Quintrell)
from his disastrous first marriage.
Mark Williams (The Fast Show, Harry Potter) plays Barry's mate Kirk,
who co-owns his black cab (he does the night shifts) whilst Michelle
Gomez (The Book Group, Greenwing) is Carrie's acid-tongued best friend
and fellow beautician Michelle.
Executive producer Beryl Vertue (Men Behaving Badly, Coupling) comments:
"I have been wanting to do another project with Simon for some time
and Carrie & Barry fits the bill perfectly.
"Like Men Behaving Badly, it's raucous, laugh-out-loud funny,
and most definitely post-watershed."
Writer Simon Nye comments: "Carrie and Barry have the usual things
on their mind - keeping their marriage vaguely alive, the waking nightmare
that is a teenage step-child, boredom and how to get the most out of
Carrie & Barry is a Hartswood Films production for BBC ONE.
The series is produced by Sue Vertue (Coupling, Gimme Gimme Gimme)
and directed by Martin Dennis (Men Behaving Badly, Black Books).
Carrie & Barry was commissioned by BBC ONE Controller Lorraine Heggessey
and Jane Lush, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning.
Head of Comedy Mark Freeland is the executive producer for the BBC.