Jack Whitehall to play Princess Di

As Sky's Psychobitches returns

Jack Whitehall is to play Princess Diana in a potentially controversial Sky series.

The Fresh Meat comic will be playing the tragic royal in a series of Psychobitches, which is currently being made for Sky Arts.

The show features predominantly female comedy stars playing historical figures on the psychiatrist’s couch.

Whitehall broke the news on E4 after being crowned King Of Comedy at the British Comedy Awards. he said: ‘I play Princess Diana in the up-and-coming Psychobitches on Sky Arts. Great show; created by Jeremy Dyson who co-created The League Of Gentlemen. I appear in one sketch as Lady Diana, and I think it's worth watching.’

He added: ‘Me as Diana - it's not disrespectful!"

A pilot episode aired earlier this year as part of the channel's Playhouse Presents strand of one-off comedies and dramas. It marked Dyson’s TV directorial debut and starred Rebecca Front as the therapist.

Front refused to be drawn on her future projects when interviewed as part of E4’s British Comedy Award after-show coverage on Wednesday night – saying she had been sworn to secrecy until the show was officially announced.

Today, Sky did not respond to a request confirming the commission, or how many episodes might be in the pipeline.

The pilot starred Catherine Tate as Eva Braun and Edith Piaf; Sharon Horgan as Jane Austen and Frieda Kahlo; Katy Brand as Joan of Arc and George Eliot; Benidorm star Sheila Reid as Mother Theresa; Sam Spiro from Grandma’s House as Mary Whitehouseand Judy Garland; and Selina Griffiths from The Smoking Room as Beatrix Potter.

In that show, Andy Nyman was the token male – playing Sarah, the wife of Abraham.

It is available to view, in full, here:

Playhouse Presents - Psychobitches by daughter_of_london

Published: 14 Dec 2012

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