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A Star attraction


Starstruck was a big comedy hit for the BBC last year and it’s back next week with Russell Tovey as a bonus.

Written by and starring comedian Rose Matafeo, it continues the story of Jessie, a millennial living in East London who is romantical­ly involved with film star Tom (Nikesh Patel).

After deciding to pursue a relationsh­ip with him at the end of the series, Jessie must deal with the consequenc­es. Tom has to deal with a nightmare director in the form of Tovey, above.

Rose says: “Russell had seen the show, which was really lovely. And we had been looking for a particular person to embody that character, of a difficult director. “It’s an amalgamati­on of every annoying interview I’ve ever had. Russell completely nailed it. Nikesh got to share those scenes with him. It was heaps of fun.” The first run was streamed almost 5 million times on BBC iPlayer. The second series kicks off on the relaunched BBC3 on Monday. The success took Rose by surprise. She says: “I was shocked. It scared me how nice the reaction was. I was suspicious.”

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