Over the past two months TVWise broke the news that Dewi Humphreys would be returning to direct BBC One’s upcoming Ben Elton sitcom The Wright Way (formerly known as Slings and Arrows) and that Beattie Edmondson (Absolutely Fabulous), Brenda Edwards (The X-Factor), Joanne Matthews (Call The Midwife), Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders), Rufus Jones (Mongrels), Luke Gell (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) and Australian actor Michael Falzon had joined the cast of the comedy as series regulars. BBC One confirmed all of that today while also announcing that Mina Anwar and Toby Longworth have also been cast in the comedy series which is currently in production in Manchester. BBC One’s press release follows below…
Filming begins on new BBC One comedy The Wright Way
BBC One has announced that studio filming has begun on The Wright Way (previously entitled Slings And Arrows), a new six-part sitcom from writer Ben Elton.
Filming at MediaCityUK in Salford, The Wright Way is a new comedy and features a mix of established performers and fresh comedy talent, starring David Haig (The Thin Blue Line, Yes Prime Minister) and including Mina Anwar, Toby Longworth, Joanne Matthews, Beattie Edmonson, Brenda Edwards, and Luke Gell in the ensemble.
Ben Elton says: “All my happiest television memories concern BBC comedy and in particular BBC sitcoms. It’s an honour and a privilege to get the chance to be a part of that tradition again and I’m as excited today as I was when The Young Ones was commissioned 30 years ago.”
As Gerald Wright, David Haig is the fastidious manager of a local council’s Health and Safety department. Wright relishes the rules and regulations he uses in his professional life and only wishes he could apply them to his private life, which often stumbles haplessly into chaos.
The Wright Way was written by Ben Elton and is a Phil McIntyre Television production for BBC One. It was commissioned by BBC One Controller Danny Cohen and former Controller of Comedy Commissioning Cheryl Taylor.
The BBC executive producer is Gregor Sharp; the executive producer for Phil McIntyre Television is Lucy Ansbro and the producer is Rohan Acharya.
The Wright Way is being filmed at MediaCityUK, Salford, from January-March 2013 for transmission later in the year.