RAIS­ING A LAUGH

DAVID TEN­NANT AND JES­SICA HYNES show the funny side of bring­ing up a dis­abled child

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There She Goes

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SHAUN PYE WAS glo­ri­ously ob­nox­ious as Ricky Ger­vais’ neme­sis, Greg, in Ex­tras, but now we’re about to see an­other side to him.

Pye has penned new BBC4 com­edy There She Goes, based on his own ex­pe­ri­ences as fa­ther to a learn­ing-dis­abled daugh­ter, who has a rare chro­mo­so­mal dis­or­der.

The five-part se­ries tells a very hon­est, per­sonal story of a fam­ily com­ing to terms with hav­ing a child who re­quires much more care and pa­tience than they an­tic­i­pated.

‘Peo­ple have asked if com­edy is the right fo­rum for this, but there have been lots of sit­coms about chil­dren that have drawn on the

writ­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ences of their own kids. Why should my daugh­ter be ex­cluded from that?’ says Pye. ‘She’s funny, ir­ri­tat­ing and lovely in her own unique way. Why should we wrap her up in cot­ton wool?’

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David Ten­nant plays Si­mon, who strug­gles with his day-to-day life with nine-year-old daugh­ter Rosie – whether it’s sim­ply try­ing to take her to the park or ex­plain that ev­ery day isn’t her birth­day.

The Doc­tor Who star says he was drawn to the hon­esty of the writ­ing.

‘I knew Shaun a bit, but I didn’t know that this was his life,’ ad­mits Ten­nant. ‘I im­me­di­ately felt it was a story that needed to be told.’

Jes­sica Hynes, who plays Rosie’s mother Emily, says she felt an in­stant con­nec­tion to the script.

‘Al­though this story is about a very spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ence, some of the emo­tions were so re­lat­able to me,’ she ex­plains. ‘As par­ents we all feel like we’re fail­ing. We look at oth­ers and think, “Oh, they’re so happy”. But most peo­ple find it dif­fi­cult.’

Hynes hopes the show’s sense of hu­mour and can­did ap­proach will re­ally strike a chord with view­ers.

‘I think it’s im­por­tant to tackle ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing with hu­mour,’ she says. ‘Now, if I see some­one out with a learn­ing-dis­abled child I feel like they are my peo­ple. And I think that if you love this show as a viewer, it might make you feel like that too.’

DAVID TEN­NANT AND JES­SICA HYNES PLAY ROSIE’S PAR­ENTS

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