Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag coming to BBC Three

BBC Three is home to the best new British comedy. We’re thrilled Phoebe and the cast will be joining People Just Do Nothing, Cuckoo, Josh, Witless, Sunny D and all our other original British comedy on BBC Three.Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three
Date: 20.04.2016     Last updated: 20.04.2016 at 10.00
Filming begins this week on Fleabag, a brand new comedy coming to BBC Three later this year.

Adapted from her award-winning Edinburgh play, writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Broadchurch, Crashing) also stars in the title role as Fleabag, a dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-riddled, porn-watching young woman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy.

As she hurls herself headlong at modern living, Fleabag is thrown roughly up against the walls of contemporary London, sleeping with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezing money from wherever she can, rejecting anyone who tries to help her, and keeping up her bravado throughout.

The cast includes Olivia Colman (Rev, Peep Show, The Night Manager), Bill Paterson (Outlander, Sea Of Souls, Dad’s Army), Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Not Going Out), Hugh Skinner (W1A, Poldark), Jamie Demetriou (People Time), Jenny Rainsford, Sian Clifford and US comedian Brett Gelman (Love, Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge says: “'I can't believe they've let me do this.”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, says: ”BBC Three is home to the best new British comedy. We’re thrilled Phoebe and the cast will be joining People Just Do Nothing, Cuckoo, Josh, Witless, Sunny D and all our other original British comedy on BBC Three.”

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: “This knocked me for six when I saw the one woman stage play, utterly distinctive and the writing has attracted the wish-list cast for the TV series. Phoebe is destined for great things and it’s a perfect fit for BBC Three, whose mission is to uncover and nurture the writing and performing stars of tomorrow.”

Fleabag was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh for BBC Three, and Shane Allen and Chris Sussman for BBC Comedy.

Fleabag is produced by Two Brothers Pictures. The executive producers are Jack Williams and Harry Williams, the producer is Lydia Hampson and the director is Harry Bradbeer (Dickensian, No Offence).

The six-part series will be available on BBC Three later this year.

MJ