News: Sitcom For Alan Partridge's Lynn

Felicity Montagu, best known as Alan Partridge's long-suffering PA Lynn, has created a new four part comedy-drama series with her real-life daughter Olivia Nixon. Guilt Trip, which stars the pair as a mother and daughter taking part in a trialing two-week sponsored walk, will debut on 27 July on BBC Radio 4.

Guilt Trip follows the story of Ros (Montagu) and her daughter Laura (Nixon), as they take part in a two-week sponsored walk, covering the full length of the Thames Path. Laura's father and Ros' ex-husband has recently passed away, and they want to raise money for his charity.

The series explores the relationship between mothers and daughters and how it can change through the adversity of divorce, bereavement and having to walk 184 miles together because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Montagu says: “It’s so exciting to be able to shine a light on the mother-daughter relationship and we're really proud of the result. Not everyone gets the chance to work with their daughters, and now I've had the experience of working with Livvy I realise how much talent and humour she's got from me - and how much bossiness and vanity she's got from her father.”

Episode one sees Ros and Laura embark on their journey. In her usual enthusiastic and thoughtless manner, Ros has secretly arranged for Laura’s ex-boyfriend (Tim Key) to drop them off. The renewed bond Ros is hoping for may be a bit trickier than expected, especially when Ros manages to offend pretty much everyone she meets along the way.

By the final episode they’ve got drunk, overslept, escaped from a potential murderer and hitched lifts far more often than they would have believed. But they’ve also talked, laughed and managed to avoid pushing each other into the river, and eventually they arrive at Tower Bridge where they plan to scatter the ashes of Laura’s father, but questions soon arise as to whether this is really what he would have wanted.

The lead writer is Sony-nominated Katherine Jakeways (North by Northamptonshire, All Those Women, The Tracey Ullman Show), who also plays Laura’s step-mother, Ruth.

The series also stars Jeff Rawle, Juliet Cowen and Javone Prince and is produced and directed by Bafta-winning, former Head of BBC Radio Comedy, Jane Berthoud.

Jane Berthoud says: “I've long admired Felicity Montagu as one of our country's leading comedy actors and now she is proving herself to be a talented creative force too. She and her daughter are naturally funny together and Katherine has done them proud. Together they make a formidable team. I just had to laugh a lot - tough job!"

Guilt Trip starts on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 27 July at 11.30am.

 

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