EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps alum Luke Gell has been cast as a series regular in BBC One’s upcoming sitcom The Wright Way (formerly known as Slings and Arrows). My sources tell me that Luke Gell has been attached to the project since last Summer and was part of the cast assembled for the not-for-broadcast pilot that was shot at Teddington Studios last August. Both BBC One and production company Phil McIntyre Television have yet to announce any cast members beyond series lead David Haig (The Thin Blue Line), however, TVWise previously broke the news that Beattie Edmondson (Absolutely Fabulous), Brenda Edwards (The X-Factor), Joanne Matthews (Call The Midwife), Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders), Rufus Jones (Mongrels) and Australian actor Michael Falzon have all been cast in the comedy as series regulars.
Created by The Thin Blue Line scribe Ben Elton, The Wright Way follows Baselricky Council Officer Gerald Wright, 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 Wright’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. Production on the series is currently underway in Manchester, comedy veteran Dewi Humphreys is directing.