Debbie's last laugh

R4 to air Barham's final sitcom

Radio 4 is to air the last comedy created by scriptwriter Debbie Barham before her death last year at just 26.

Her idea for a sitcom told from a dog’s point of view was picked up by former Goodie Graeme Garden, pictured, who completed a script based on her notes.

The result, About A Dog, forms part of Radio 4’s new autumn comedy season, and stars Alan Davies as the canine lead.

A BBC spokesman said: “This inventive comedy explores the unique relationship between dogs and their owners and asks if your best friend has some essential doggy wisdom to offer you.”

Barham, also known as DA, died in April 2003 from a condition related to anorexia. She had been supplying Radio 4 with gags and scripts for a decade.

Barbara Windsor, Adam Bloom and Jo Caulfield also feature in Radio 4’s new season.

 Windsor presents Grin and Bare It, a look at the history of bawdy comedy in variety and 'legitimate' theatre in October.

Caulfield, one of Graham Norton’s writers, makes her  Radio 4 debut in October in the sketch show It's That Jo Caulfield Again.

And comedy actress Brenda Gilhooly, best known for her creation Gayle Tuesday, is  starring  in Well, That's One Way Of Looking At It.

Bloom is back with a second series of The Problem With Adam Bloom, and also returning are The News Quiz, and The Rapid Eye Movement, about a man with a company of actors in his head who perform his nightly dreams.

Published: 8 Sep 2004

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