The Other One

Two sis­ters are un­ex­pect­edly thrown to­gether in a new com­edy

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Two young women, both called Cather­ine Wal­cott (Lau­ren Socha and El­lie White), have no idea they’re sis­ters un­til their dad drops dead in this sit­com pi­lot. One Cathy has a fi­ancé, a Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award and a pen­sion; the other Cat just has a pay-asyou-go phone. Both of them have al­ways wanted a sis­ter, just not each other. Siob­han Fin­neran and Re­becca

Front star as the girls’ mums Mar­i­lyn and Tess.

Be­reave­ment is any­thing but funny, but in a new BBC2 com­edy pi­lot, The Other One, it plunges four very dif­fer­ent women into a new life… and gives view­ers plenty of laughs.

The one-off com­edy tells the story of two girls called Cather­ine Wal­cott. They are sis­ters Cathy and Cat, who have no idea the other ex­ists un­til their fa­ther dies of a heart at­tack and they meet. Happy Val­ley star Siob­han Fin­neran and

The Thick of It’s Re­becca Front play their mums – Re­becca the le­git­i­mate widow Tess, and Siob­han the ‘other woman’ Mar­i­lyn.

‘Death comes up again and again in com­edy, but what’s so bril­liant about this show is the rev­e­la­tion that the de­ceased was a bigamist,’ says Re­becca. ‘So there are two taboos!

‘I hadn’t met Siob­han be­fore film­ing, but we got on re­ally well – she’s just so funny! So I’d love to do more with her if this be­comes a se­ries.’

Fol­low­ing a very tense fu­neral, Cathy (The Wind­sors’ El­lie White) and Cat (Mis­fits star Lau­ren Socha) meet up to de­cide where to scat­ter their dad’s ashes. Mean­while, Cathy’s mum Tess deals with her grief by drink­ing and going straight on the dat­ing scene. She even ends up hav­ing a fum­ble in a car with a hand­some stranger (Neil Pear­son)…

‘Neil and I found it hys­ter­i­cal to film,’ says Re­becca. ‘It’s very dif­fi­cult to ‘do it’ in a car. We fo­cused so much on the scene, on how drunk my char­ac­ter was, that we hadn’t quite al­lowed for the hand­brake!’

All in the fam­ily… From left: Mar­i­lyn, Cat, Cathy and Tess

Look out… Cathy (left)

and Tess meet Cat

Not amused… Mar­i­lyn and Cat

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