EXCLUSIVE: It certainly looks as though BBC One & Phil McIntrye Television are pleased with the work of Dewi Humphreys. I’ve learned that the director – who helmed the not-for-broadcast pilot of Slings and Arrows earlier this year – has been tapped to direct the six episode comedy series, which is due to begin production next month in Manchester. In addition, my sources are also telling me that Beattie Edmondson has joined the cast of the comedy series in a regular role. Edmondson will play Victoria, the girlfriend of Susan, whom is the daughter of main character Gerald B Meakin.
Created by Ben Elton (The Young Ones), Slings and Arrows follows Baselricky Council Officer Gerald B Meakin (David Haig), a man dedicated to the minimization of risk, even where no actual risk exists. If only Gerald were able to control his own life with the same benevolent despotism with which he regulates other peoples’. Sadly he can’t. A recent divorcee and new single Dad, Gerald B Meakin’s personal life is just one long struggle against the petty irritations and inconvenience which bedevil all our lives. Those 21st century slings and arrows of outrageous fortune against which Gerald’s lengthy rule book is no defence at all.