EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Brenda Edwards and Joanne Matthews have been cast as series regulars in Ben Elton’s upcoming BBC One comedy series The Wright Way (formerly known as Slings and Arrows). My sources tell me that both actresses have been with the project from the early stages and were part of the cast assembled for the not-for-broadcast pilot that was shot at Teddington Studios on August 4th. Edwards, perhaps best know as a former contestant on The X-Factor, has had a varied acting career on the West End which has included roles on Chicago, Carmen Jones and We Will Rock You (which was also penned by Ben Elton). Joanne Matthews has been cast as Susan, Gerald B. Meakin’s daughter. Her previous credits include appearances on Holby City, Cardinal Burns and Call The Midwife.
Penned by Elton, The Wright Way follows Council Officer Gerald B Meakin, 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. The comedy series is being directed by Dewi Humphreys and features David Haig and Beattie Edmondson amongst the main cast.