Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd have landed a Radio 4 series based on their 2012 Edinburgh Free Festival show.
Comedian Bratt and actress Trodd are currently writing and testing additional sketch material for Well Done You, which will be recorded in October, and air in 2014.
The four 30-minute episodes will likely broadcast in an 11pm slot, ‘which is great as we can be a bit darker and a bit more absurd’ says Bratt.
Performing as Trodd en Bratt, with ‘the conceit that I’m the jaded comedian and she’s the serious luvvie’, they credit the late comedian and playwright Ken Campbell for introducing them as part of The Showstoppers improv troupe, ‘we’ve got to thank him for everything really’.
The pair will return to the Fringe next year as ‘we’ll have the radio show behind us, that should make Edinburgh easier to sell. We had a great time this year and getting a commission without losing our limbs financially was everything we wanted the Free Fringe to be.’
Well Done You is produced by Ben Worsfield for Lucky Giant, the comedy arm of NBC Universal International, which is also making Family Tree, the improvised Christopher Guest TV comedy about genealogy starring Chris O'Dowd.
The Showstoppers are currently on a UK tour and start a four-week residency at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on Monday. Bratt can currently be seen in Ricky Gervais’ comedy-drama Derek on Channel 4 and alongside Vic Reeves in the second series of CBBC’s sketch show The Ministry of Curious Stuff, which started today.
-by Jay Richardson