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Baddiel's Syndrome

Added: (Tue Nov 28 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - BADDIEL’S SYNDROME
Devised and Written By David Baddiel and Peter Bradshaw
Sundays at 10.00pm from 14 January, exclusively on Sky One

Baddiel’s Syndrome is a brand new sitcom for Sky One, starting in the New Year on Sunday 14th January at 10pm. The 13 part series was devised and written by David Baddiel and Peter Bradshaw.

Baddiel’s Syndrome stars David Baddiel (Fantasy Football, Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned), Morwenna Banks (The Morwenna Banks Show, The Strangerers, Absolutely), Stephen Fry (Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie), Peter Bradshaw (author of Lucky Baby Jesus), Demetri Goritsas (Saving Private Ryan), Kim Thomson (McCready & Daughter, Loved By You) and Jonathan Bailey (Bramell, Alice Through The Looking Glass).

David Baddiel said “I was interested in trying to write a long-running sitcom on the American model, so Peter and I wrote 13 episodes and then worked on rewrites with a small team of writers that we put together over a long development period.”

Peter Bradshaw said "We set out to devise a show where comedy was more important than style. Baddiel’s Syndrome is not ashamed to be a sitcom: that is, it's got jokes and genuinely inter-connected plots and a live audience laughter-track."

The team of writers includes Jonathan Ross, Dan Maier (who writes for Johnny Vaughan on the Big Breakfast ) and Jack Barth, an American who has written on The Simpsons.

The series also features cameo roles and appearances from Nigel Planer, Michael Elphick, Graeme Garden, Gail Porter, Lisa Rogers and Dave Lee Travis.

The action revolves around David (David Baddiel), a 30-something architect. A few years ago, he designed a trendy London club, called Club Biscuit. He was flying then: such a catch that the beautiful manageress of the Club, Sian (Kim Thomson), fell for him. Things aren't so good now. Most of his commissions appear to be in airport toilet design. Sian, who still manages the Club, has left him. But they have an 11 year old son, Josh (Jonathan Bailey), who David loves, although secretly fears may be growing up to be gay. His closest friend, Peter (Peter Bradshaw), lives in the flat next door. Peter, a hereditary peer, hasn't really found his purpose in life since losing his seat in the House of Lords. But every week, he continues to look for it.

His lodger, Ethan (Demetri Goritsas), is a personal trainer, and American. Very American. His Slovenian cleaning lady, Eva (Morwenna Banks), is on the run from the immigration authorities. An obvious way-out for her is finding a British husband. She is not slow to point this out. Every week, Baddiel's Syndrome follows three or four connected plot-lines centering around these dysfunctional characters, leaving David’s Therapist (Stephen Fry) to pick up the pieces.

Baddiel’s Syndrome is an Avalon Television production for Sky One. Produced by Sam Pinnell (credits include Fantasy World Cup, Melinda Messenger Show and Le Show). Executive produced by Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and David Baddiel. The team of directors includes; Mark Mylod (The Royle Family, Cold Feet), Martin Dennis (Men Behaving Badly, The Grimleys), Pati Marr (The Mrs Merton Show) and David G. Croft (Shooting Stars).

For further information please contact:
Lisa Southern, Shelley Botbol or James Herring at Avalon PR: 020 7598 7222 or lisas@avalonuk.com
Darryl Butcher at Sky One Publicity: 020 7705 6791 or darryl.butcher@bskyb.com
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THE CAST

David Baddiel (David)

David Baddiel is a writer and comedian. He formed The Mary Whitehouse Experience in 1991, which ran for four series on BBC Radio and two on BBC TV. In 1993 he partnered Rob Newman in the BBC TV series Newman and Baddiel In Pieces and went on to perform Britain’s biggest ever comedy gig at Wembley Arena. Since then he has been one half of the multi award-winning show Fantasy Football League with Frank Skinner. Fantasy Football League ran for 90 episodes on BBC2 and then ITV – the success of the show lead to David and Frank being invited by the England Team to write and perform the double number one, million-selling single Three Lions. His best-selling novels Time For Bed and Whatever Love Means enjoyed critical success and have been published in Italy, Germany, Portugal, France and Holland. Recently Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned was a ratings hit for ITV averaging 5.5 million viewers over the 8 week run. A second series goes out from Jan 14 on ITV, for three weeks.

Jonathan Bailey (Josh)

12 year old Jonathan began his professional acting career playing Tiny Tim in the RSC production of A Christmas Carol in 1995, other theatre roles include Young Baptiste in Les Entants Du Paradis and Gavroche in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables. His TV roles include Alice Through The Looking Glass (C4) and Bramwell (BBC1).

Peter Bradshaw (Peter)

Peter Bradshaw’s first novel Lucky Baby Jesus was published to critical acclaim in 1999. He created the notorious Alan Clarke Diaries for The Guardian. In addition to being a newspaper columnist and film critic, Peter has written and starred in the hit Radio 4 comedies The Skivers and One Horrible Moment.

Morwenna Banks (Eva)

Morwenna started writing and performing comedy in The Cambridge Footlights. She wrote, starred and co-produced her own 13 part sketch show series The Morwenna Banks Show for Channel 5, which was nominated for the 1999 Golden Rose of Montreux Award. As well as co-writing and appearing in four series of Absolutely for Channel 4 her TV credits include NBC’s Saturday Night Live and The Preventers. Morwenna played the part of the Super Supervisor in The Strangerers (Sky One). She produced the controversial Channel 4 documentary Only Joking, originally broadcast in Channel 4's Banned Season, and co-authored a book about women in comedy, The Joke’s On Us, for Pandora Press. She also played the lead in the West End hit show, An Evening With Gary Lineker. Morwenna has written a feature film, in which she co-stars with Fay Ripley, Mark Addy and Tom Hollander.

Demetri Goritas (Ethan)

Demetri’s films credits include Saving Private Ryan (dir. Steven Spielberg), House Arrest (dir. Aubrey Nealon), Excess Baggage (dir.Marco Brambillo) and Little Women (dir.Gillian Armstrong), his television credits also include Highlander.


Stephen Fry (Therapist)

Writer, actor, comedian, Stephen Fry is probably best known for his television roles in Blackadder and Jeeves & Wooster but Fry's acting career has not been limited to films and television. While at Cambridge he was a member of the Cherubs drinking club, and Footlights with Emma Thompson, Tony Slattery, Martin Bergmann and Hugh Laurie. His prolific writing partnership with Laurie began in 1981 with resulting Footlights revues for (among others Mayweek, Edinburgh Festival, and a three month tour of Australia.) In 1984 Fry was engaged to do the rewrite of the Noel Gay musical Me and My Girl, which made him a millionaire before the age of 30. It also earned him a nomination for a Tony award. Throughout the 1980's Fry did a huge amount of television and radio work, as well as writing for newspapers. Amongst his film credits are Peter's Friends (dir. Kenneth Branagh), Wilde (dir. Brian Gilbert) and Best (dir. Mary McGuckian).

Kim Thomson (Sian)

Kim trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has appeared in numerous theatre productions including An Ideal Husband (Haymarket & Old Vic) and King Lear (The Old Vic). Her latest television credits include McCready & Daughter for the BBC and Loved By You. (Carlton TV). Her credits also include The Wanderers (Sky), Inspector Morse (ITV) and Harbour Lights (BBC1). Kim’s film credits include Murder 101 (dir. Bill Condon), The Tall Guy (dir. Mel Smith), Stealing Heaven (dir. Clive Donner) and Party Party (dir. Terry Winsor).

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