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Tittybangbang
Lucy Montgomery as Don Peacock

Tittybangbang
Starts Tuesday 10 January on BBC THREE


 

Background and production credits

 

When she first set about casting the series, producer Lisa Clark took the highly unusual decision to hold open auditions.

 

"We wanted to leave no stone unturned," she explains. "We had no preconception of the kind of people we were after, but we needed to find performers who could play what was already written for them.

 

"We felt this process was the best way to find completely new talent – open to anyone, even without any previous TV experience – and over three weeks we held over two hundred auditions.

 

"Lucy Montgomery was the second person we saw, and Debbie Chazen the last person on the same day. It was surreal, really, and although Lucy and Debbie didn't meet until we started workshops, it became immediately apparent that they could do just about anything between them.

 

"They both have a tremendous range. Looking back, I'm aware of their physical disparity but this wasn't something we identified at the time, and it wasn't deliberate; they were just really good together.

 

"From the outset, it was our intention to create female-led comedy; we really felt that there was a gap in the market - there's very little strong women's comedy - but it's not written solely for women.

 

"And we're not interested in focussing on humour that's only relevant to women's experience. The main thing is that it's distinctive, and daring."

 

Writer Jill Parker agrees: "I wasn't interested in female stereotypes; that's been done. First and foremost I wanted it to be entertaining. Beyond that, I'm interested in looking under the surface of almost everyday figures - which might mean dark, surreal characterisations - but they're based on something tangible and then they take on another life from there."

 

Jill's background is in film writing (credits include The Girl in the Red Dress starring Shirley Henderson). Her first foray into sketch writing was a collaboration with Steve Coogan on Monkey Trousers (a Pett co-production with Baby Cow for ITV1). Tittybangbang is her debut comedy series.

 

Lisa Clark's numerous credits include Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, Shooting Stars and Catterick.

 

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