Tamsin Greig and Michael Landes are
to star in Love Soup, a new romantic comedy drama series
by David Renwick that deals with the parallel lives of a perfectly matched
couple who have yet to meet each other.
David Renwick is one of Britain's leading comedy writers whose recent
credits include Jonathan Creek and One Foot In The Grave.
Tamsin Greig plays Alice Chenery, an account manager for a perfume
company in a London department store, struggling to maintain a flat
in Brighton she cannot afford.
Tamsin has established herself as a leading comic talent with her roles
in Green Wing and Black Books and she is about to guest star in the
new series of Doctor Who.
Michael Landes, who has starred in The Wonder Years and The Fresh Prince
Of Bel Air, plays Gil Raymond, a successful American comedy writer who
has fled his home country in search of artistic integrity and a lasting
David Renwick says: "Week by week we explore their separate lives;
lives that unhappily do not intersect, but which parallel each other
in many subtle ways.
"Week by week we observe their hopes and fears as they try to
remain sane in a world from which they each feel increasingly excluded.
"Tellingly, and poignantly, each week we see their continuing
doomed attempts to find the definitive partner who will bring them the
happiness they deserve.
"Surely, we feel, fate must put them together. But since when
has fate ever been kind?"
The format of the series will be six 60 minute episodes. Shooting will
start imminently for transmission later in the year.
Love Soup is a co-production between the BBC's Comedy and Drama departments
produced by Verity Lambert and directed by Christine Gernon and Sandy
The executive producers are David Renwick and Sophie Clarke-Jervoise.
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, BBC Head of Comedy, says: "David has created
yet another superb relationship comedy which anyone who's ever been
single will relate to.
"Gil and Alice would appear to be two halves of the same person:
so perfectly suited in every way, it's obvious they would have a great
Jane Tranter, Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "We are delighted
to be working with one of British television's foremost comedy writers.
"Love Soup, and its ingenious premise, is his witty and truthful
take on modern love and contemporary mores."