John Cleese Joins BBC Sitcom “Edith”

Marking his first regular BBC sitcom role since “Fawlty Towers,” John Cleese is returning to the British broadcaster to star in the new six-part comedy series “Edith” for BBC One.

Created and written by “Brazil” scribe Charles McKeown, Alison Steadman plays a widow who enjoys daily visits from an old boyfriend, Phil (Cleese), who now lives across the street.

Just as Phil finally convinces Edith to marry him and move abroad, her 50-year-old son (Jason Watkins) announces that he’s moving back home after having left his job and family, which puts Edith and Phil’s dreams on hold.

Jessica Hynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo and Peter Egan also star in the show on which Moira Williams and Chris Sussman will serve as executive producers while Sandy Johnson will direct all six episodes. Cleese and Steadman previously played a married couple in 1986 film “Clockwise”.

Source: Variety