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Miriam Margolyes gives 'masterclass in growing old disgracefully' in BBC comedy

Published 17/11/2016

Miriam Margolyes will play a mother whose dying wish is to fulfil her bucket list on a road trip
Miriam Margolyes will play a mother whose dying wish is to fulfil her bucket list on a road trip

Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes is to star in a "bittersweet comedy" on BBC Four which will see her playing a dying mother who embarks on a road trip to fulfil a bucket list.

The 75-year-old plays Mim, described as an "eccentric free spirit who believes 70 is the new 40", and is the mother to Fran (played by Frog Stone) in the comedy called Bucket.

Reserved high school history teacher Fran begrudgingly goes along with her mother's dying wish to do a road trip and tick a host of things off her "bucket list" before she dies.

BBC controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen said: " Miriam Margolyes gives her comedy masterclass in growing old disgracefully.

"This is a raucous, ribald and irreverent charting of the mother-daughter dynamic, laced with tenderness and truth throughout. It turns every stock cliche of the sitcom mum on its head and tells it like it really is.

"Miriam is a force of nature whose eccentric essence buzzes on screen and Frog brings it all to life with a brutal honesty. It's a quintessential BBC Four comedy that is at times hilarious and by turns very moving."

The comedy has been written by Stone, who has also starred in Jupiter Ascending and About A Boy and is a sketch writer for BBC Radio 4.

BBC Four's channel editor, Cassian Harrison, said the new commission is "another example of BBC Four's terrific narrative in singular and innovative comedy, unpacking worlds we don't normally see on television".

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