Solon snapped up

BBC deal for Perrier-winner

Perrier winner Laura Solon has signed a deal with the BBC to develop new TV and radio programmes.

Her first project will be a six-part radio series mixing monologues and sketches, due to air on Radio 4 later this year.

She is also working on a number of scripts for TV.

Radio commissioning editor Caroline Raphael said she saw Solon's show at Edinburgh last year, and immediately wanted to sign her.

She said: ‘Within minutes of her starting her remarkable Edinburgh show, squeezed into a murky back room on a tiny stage, I wanted her on Radio 4 and I am so delighted she has agreed to work with us.

 ‘She has an astonishing eye for detail and an ear for voice that is perfect for radio.’

Lucy Lumsden, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning called Solon "a truly mesmeric performer".

Solon, a 26-year-old Oxford English graduate, became only the second woman after Jenny Éclair to win the Perrier with her show Kopfraper's Syndrome: One Man and His Incredible Mind.

She has since written for TV shows including BBC Three’s Man Stroke Woman.

Published: 5 Apr 2006

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