John Cleese is set to star in his first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers.
He will co-star in a new BBC1 comedy ‘Edith’ as Phil, an old boyfriend of the titular heroine (Alison Steadman) who dreams of marrying his lady love and moving to the sun.
Written by Charles McKeown, a collaborator with Cleese’s fellow Python Terry Gilliam, the cast also includes Jessica Hynes as Roger’s abandoned wife Wendy, Anne Reid as the interfering housekeeper Mrs Gale and Peter Egan as the confrontational local resident Mr Dugdale.
BBC head of comedy Shane Allen says, “If you had carte blanche on your fantasy BBC1 comedy cast then you’d not be far off the Edith line-up.
“It’s also a huge pleasure to welcome John Cleese back to the land of BBC sitcom – his last one did alright”.
Filming is due to begin in June and likely to be broadcast at the end of the year.