Stand-up and writer Kat Sadler has written a loosely autobiographical BBC Three sitcom pilot, such brave girls (all lower case, bell hooks style) which she also stars in alongside her sister Lizzie Davidson.
Set to air this autumn, such brave girls tells the story of single mother Deb and her two daughters, Josie and Billie, who are in their late teens and early twenties, as the Crawley-based trio tries to get their lives back together after their narcissistic father and husband finally leaves them for good. The family is “vain, selfish, heavily in debt, angry, pathologically desperate for affection, minorly (sometimes majorly) criminal and bursting with misplaced, terrifying love”.
Sadler plays Josie, and Davidson as Billie. Their mother Deb is played by Back‘s Louise Brealey with Paul Bazely co-stars as her prospective new boyfriend, Dev, and Amy Trigg as Josie’s workmate, Clare.
The show is described as: “a family navigating life armed with nothing but a warped view of the world, poor judgement skills and self-esteem that’s exclusively tied to men and women who couldn’t care less whether or not they stop breathing”.
Sadler says: “Everything we joke about in the show is from a place of lived experience. I wish I could say this is a heart-warming show about overcoming trauma, but that would be a lie. It’s about three toxic, damaged egomaniacs manipulating the world and each other for their own personal gain, vengeance and glory. Yes, just like in Little Women.”
Davidson says: “Cheers to BBC for letting two queers with mental health issues have a TV show. Or wherever BBC Three is now, I still don’t quite understand. And if any of this show makes you uncomfortable, at least you didn’t have to live it.”
such brave girls is also the television debut of short film director Marco Alessi and was produced for the BBC by Mayhew-Archer, with McCrum executive producing. It was commissioned by the BBC‘s comedy commissioning editor Gregor Sharp.
BBC comedy commissioning editor Gregor Sharp says: “such brave girls is a brilliantly unique and totally unflinching take on the family sitcom and so feels perfectly at home on BBC Three.”