Lost Voice Guy comedian Lee Ridley launches Radio 4 sitcom
A stand-up comedian who can only speak using a communication aid has landed his first Radio 4 show.
Lee Ridley, known as Lost Voice Guy, has cerebral palsy and delivers his jokes via a text-to-speech app on his iPad.
His pilot sitcom, Ability, will draw on his experience of coping with disability, telling the story of fictional character Matt, who leaves home to move in with his best friend.
Ridley, who is starring in the show as the main character's "outer voice", said: "I've had the idea behind this sitcom in my head for a few years now, so to finally get the chance to make it is an amazing feeling... It has been wonderful to hear my ideas come alive."
Radio 4 also announced new shows from actors and comedy stars Matt Berry, Meera Syal and Maureen Lipman.
Syal stars as "a British-Asian Miss Marple" in new drama In Mrs Sidhu Investigates, Lipman features in four new comedy plays A Month Of Maureen, and Berry is in new show Matt Berry: My Life In Broadcast.
Other new commissions include multi-character YouTube star Damien Slash making the move from online to Radio 4 in The Damien Slash Mixtape.
Post Brexit satirical sitcom Lobby Land will follow "Fleet Street's newest political editor as she heads to Westminster to make hay out of the chaos."
Up and coming comedian Rhys James is also getting his own show, exploring the idea of identity, in which he will interview those in his childhood who made him into the "man-boy-child" he is today.
He said: "It felt funny on paper to interview the guy who pulled my pants down at school on the radio, having not spoken to him for 10 years, but now it's real I'm spending all my time shopping for belts."