Holly Walsh has a new comedy pilot, which will air as part of BBC Two’s New on Two strand. The show is about a woman called Catherine Walcott, and another woman called Catherine Walcott.
Speaking to The Independent Holly said: “In a nutshell, it’s about two sisters who didn’t know each other existed until their two-timing father suddenly drops dead… Both the girls are called Catherine – as any good bigamist will tell you, keep things simple, just in case someone stops you in the street and asks you how Catherine is.”
The pilot tells the story of the weeks following the Catherines’ father’s death and their experience of finding out about each other, Holly says “It’s a classic ‘odd couple’ I suppose… One is uptight and spends her spare time watching Ted Talks – the other goes with the flow and basically only eats crisps.”
The show stars a fantastic female cast of Siobhan Finneran, Rebecca Front, Ellie White and Lauren Socha. Although Holly told The Independent that it was never her intention to create a female driven show: “The characters naturally evolved from the idea, It’s a peculiarly male phenomenon – bigamy – it’d be much harder to have two simultaneous secret families if you were a woman.”
Holly thinks we still have a way to go for women in comedy: “I definitely think having more female writers, directors and performers makes a big difference… But it’s also down to male writers to write good parts for women. I still watch a lot of comedies where the women are basically sexy bystanders.”
The Other One is on BBC Two at 10pm on Wednesday 13th September