BBC Three pilots a comedy-drama about a stand-up | Created by Pure writer Kirsty Swain

BBC Three pilots a comedy-drama about a stand-up

Created by Pure writer Kirsty Swain

BBC Three is piloting a comedy-drama about a stand-up reunited with her lost daughter.

Ladybaby is written by Kirsty Swain who wrote the Channel 4 comedy-drama Pure about OCD.

Set in Edinburgh, Ladybaby follows a struggling 35-year-old comic who discovers the 20-year-old daughter she gave up for adoption as a baby.

The pilot is being made by Kudos, the production company whose credits include Flowers and the upcoming Sky One sitcoms Code 404 and Two Weeks To Live.

Swain began performing stand-up last year while researching the script. 'The first thing I did was a five-minute impression of my dad who is from Northern Ireland. That was my stand-up routine and people laughed. I just kept doing it' she told the Herald.

The Scottish writer is also currently adapting CJ Skuse's novel Sweetpea into a comedy-drama for Sky Atlantic. The show,  about an editorial assistant-turned-serial killer, is described as 'American Psycho-meets-Fleabag’. Eight 45-minute episodes have been ordered from production company See-Saw Films, who made Chris Morris' recent film The Day Shall Come. Swain will also executive produce the series.

Swain, who was named a Bafta Breakthrough Brit in October, is also writing an episode of Phoebe Waller Bridge's forthcoming romantic comedy thriller Run for HBO, in which the Fleabag creator has a recurring role.

Pure aired on Channel 4 last January, starring sketch comic Charly Clive. Based on Rose Cartwright's memoir of being plagued by disturbing sexual thoughts, it was a critical hit, with the Telegraph describing it as 'an excruciating success' and the Guardian calling it 'a masterly comedy about sex and mental health'.

Ladybaby's executive producer, Phil Temple, told Chortle that the pilot is in the 'early stages' but is intended for broadcast.

- by Jay Richardson

Published: 17 Jan 2020

What do you think?

Today's comedy-on demand picks

SLAPSTICK'S BIG NIGHT IN

Robin Ince hosts this VERY star-studded event to bolster the Bristol festival which celebrates all manner of vintage comedy. The calibre of guests who dropped in shows how much it's loved, including Sir Michael Palin, Rob Brydon, Stephen Merchant, Jo Brand, David Mitchell, Harry Hill, Jack Dee, Lucy Porter, Lee Mack, Graeme Garden, Stephen Fry, Jess Robinson, Tony Hawks, Richard Herring and Frankie Boyle.

Click for more suggestions
... including the Laughter Lounge virtual comedy festival and the return of Frank Skinner's poetry podcast.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.