Gabrielle Creevy (Casualty) and Jo Hartley (Bliss) have been set to star in In My Skin, BBC Three’s upcoming Comedy Slice from Expectation Entertainment – the independent production company set up last year by Tim Hincks and Peter Fincham.
In My Skin is described as a coming of age story about Bethan Gwyndaf (Creevy), a 16-year-old girl who tells a lot of lies. At school she poses as the perfect student, with a run-of-the-mill family. But all the while her mother Katrina (Hartley) is sectioned in a mental facility based only moments away and viewers will follow Bethan as her house of cards slowly begins to collapse.
Rounding out the cast is Poppy Lee Friar (Ackley Bridge), James Wilbraham (Ordinary Lies), Leilah Hughes (Gwaith/Cartref), Aled ap Steffan, Rhodri Meilir (Hidden), Alexandria Riley (Bang), Laura Checkley (Wanderlust), Di Botcher (Casualty), Suzanne Parker (Man O Man), Olwin Medi and Dave Wong (One Child).
The twenty-two minute comedy pilot was penned by Kayleigh Llewellyn and is being produced by Expectation Entertainment. Gina Lyons is the producer, while Lucy Forbes is the director. The executive producer is Nerys Evans for Expectation Entertainment.
Comedy Slice, formerly known as Comedy Feeds, is BBC Three’s pilot strand designed to develop the next generation of British on and off screen comedy talent. In My Skin was originally commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen, BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh, Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales Nick Andrews and Commissioning Executive for BBC Wales Paul Forde back in June. The Commissioning Editor is Kate Daughton.
“This very well drawn world leapt off the page with a comic sensibility unlike any other, it’s one from the heart bringing lightness to challenging subject matter”, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen said in a statement. “In My Skin cements our reputation as the broadcaster that takes risks on brand new cast, reflects the whole of the UK, backs new talent to the hilt and doesn’t mangle the author’s voice in the process.”
Whiel Nerys Evans, Executive Producer and Expectation’s Creative Director for Comedy, added: “Kayleigh’s script gives a raw and authentic portrayal of growing up in Wales today with heartache, laughs and sometimes an almost too-hard-to-look quality as the script revisits the pain of adolescence. We are thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and brilliant director, Lucy Forbes. Lucy has brought a fantastic creative vision for this wonderful script.”