Phoo Action - the first of six vibrant new dramas for BBC Three
Tuesday 12 February 2008 at 9.00pm
Car chases, kung-fu and comedy come together in the wonderfully warped world of Phoo Action – an offbeat 60-minute drama special for BBC Three.
Based on characters created by Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz, Tank Girl) for The Face comic strip Get The Freebies, Phoo Action is set in 2012, when London is in the grip of mutant criminals, The Freebies.
Only Terry Phoo, a hapless Buddhist kung-fu cop, and unruly teenage heroine Whitey Action, the daughter of Police Chief Benjamin Benson, can save the nation.
Together they form an unlikely but effective crime-fighting team who bring together chaos and comedy, mischief and mayhem, to become heroes for a future generation in the face of Britain's super-vile, super-famous mutated criminals.
Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood) stars as teenage anarchist Whitey Action, Eddie Shin (ER) as martial arts sweetheart Terry Phoo and Rocky legend Carl Weathers as Benjamin Benson, Chief of Police and long-suffering father to the rebellious Whitey.
Jaime Winstone loved playing the role of Phoo's resident teenage anarchist Whitey Action: "It's not every day that you wake up and become a super hero… I was happy to be sucked into the comic strip madness!"
Producer Matthew Read says: "Jamie Hewlett is one of the most visionary talents of his generation and so it was always going to be a major challenge adapting his work for the screen.
"Throughout production we were incredibly careful to be true to the tone and visual flair of his original comic strip. The project managed to attract a really wide variety of talent, both in front and behind the camera.
"Their professionalism has resulted in a film that is very off-the-wall, but also mixes genres to create a visually dynamic, definitely silly and surprisingly British piece of television which has a real sense of cohesion to it and is ultimately very charming."
Phoo Action also stars Danny Webb (Still Crazy, Life Begins) as the sinister and power-hungry Lord Rothwell; Talulah Riley (St Trinians, Pride and Prejudice) as Lady Eleanor Rigsby, Whitey's party-loving posh pal; and Sanjeev Kohli (Still Game) as Alan Arthanayake, a celebrity-obsessed news anchorman.
Phoo Action was the first drama to be filmed in BBC Scotland's new state-of-the-art headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.
It is one of six bold and vibrant new dramas for BBC Three, being shown as part of the channel's relaunch. The others are: Being Human, Mrs Inbetweeney, The Things I Haven't Told You, W10 LDN and Dis/Connected.
The dramas combine hot new talent and established names, covering a wide range of maverick tales set both in the present day and the future.
Phoo Action is directed by Euros Lyn whose credits include the award-winning episode of Doctor Who: The Girl In The Fireplace.
It is produced by Matthew Read (Miss Marple) and the Executive Producers are Anne Mensah for BBC Scotland and Tom Astor for Deadline Productions.
Phoo Action was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, Fiction.