Bot­tom two team up in new com­edy

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

boys from Bot­tom are back in a new show in which Rik May­all and Adrian Ed­mond­son re­vive their cult char­ac­ters Richie Rich and Eddie Hitler. The pair have swapped their filthy flat for the sandy shores of a trop­i­cal is­land in the six-part se­ries. ‘‘It’s been a while since I last worked with that com­plete bas­tard Rik May­all and I’m very much look­ing for­ward to bash­ing him about the head with var­i­ous blunt ob­jects. It’s the only lan­guage he un­der­stands,’’ says Ed­mond­son. The show, called Hooli­gans Is­land, airs on BBC2 next year. It is one of a se­ries of new com­edy com­mis­sions an­nounced at the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Tele­vi­sion Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing David Mitchell and Robert Webb in Our Men. The show, which is billed as a com­edy drama, stars Mitchell as the British am­bas­sador in the fic­tional coun­try of Tazbek­istan and Webb as a de­vi­ous diplo­mat. An­other show teams Fa­ther Ted writer Gra­ham Line­han with Steve De­laney to bring the comic’s cre­ation Count Arthur Strong to tele­vi­sion. The char­ac­ter, a pompous self-styled show­busi­ness leg­end, will fea­ture in six half-hour episodes. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Gre­gor Sharp says: ‘‘We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to see Gra­ham and Steve join the im­mensely tal­ented group of writ­ers and co­me­di­ans mak­ing bril­liant shows across the BBC chan­nels.’’

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