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BBC One commissions new comedy Accidental Farmer, starring Ashley Jensen

Ashley Jensen, star of Ugly Betty and Extras, is set to return to the BBC in a brand-new comedy called Accidental Farmer for BBC One – a 60-minute pilot is currently in production by BBC in-house comedy productions.

Erin Taylor (Jensen), is a high-powered, London-based ad executive who has it all – the successful career, the stunning flat, the gorgeous boyfriend, Mike.

A control-freak, who plans every aspect of her life, nothing takes Erin by surprise – until she discovers Mike in bed with a woman half her age.

She wreaks revenge by abusing his credit card buying, among other things, a run-down farm in Yorkshire. With Mike's scorn ringing in her ears, Erin decides to make a go of it. How hard can it be to run a farm?

Little did she realise she'd be sharing a bed with Olive, an octogenarian sitting tenant; or fending off Clive, the inebriated handyman; or being shouted at by Judith, the horsey neighbour; or embarrassing herself in front of Matt, the dishy vet – not to mention living with a piglet. Erin hadn't imagined just how much she'd have to muck in.

Ashley Jensen said: "I am really looking forward to working in the UK again on Accidental Farmer and getting my feet dirty in a farm somewhere in Yorkshire!

"It's a great script and I love animals, though I have never worked with them before!"

Cheryl Taylor, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, added: "We are delighted that Ashley Jensen is taking on the role of our Accidental Farmer and very much look forward to seeing how an urban sophisticate gets to grips with country life."

The programme was commissioned by Jay Hunt, Controller BBC One, and Cheryl Taylor, Controller BBC Comedy Commissioning.

Executive producers for BBC Comedy Productions are Jo Sargent and John Yorke and the producer is Ellen Taylor.

Accidental Farmer is written by Daisy Coulam and directed by Mandie Fletcher.


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