Daisy May Cooper to star in BBC comedy drama Cash Carraway

Wednesday 19th May 2021, 8:49am

This Country. Kerry Mucklowe (Daisy May Cooper). Copyright: BBC

Daisy May Cooper will star as a young working class single mum in new BBC comedy drama Cash Carraway. The network is also making Everything I Know About Love, a comedy drama based on journalist Dolly Alderton's memoir.

Cash Carraway

"Voice of a new generation" Cash Carraway is working on creating a new BBC comedy drama based on her darkly funny debut memoir, Skint Estate.

The show, which has the working title Cash Carraway, will star This Country's Daisy May Cooper in the lead role.

Sid Gentle Films, who make Killing Eve and The Durrells, is producing the project.

The BBC describe the show as "a wild and punky tale of being trapped below the poverty line and doing everything it takes to escape."

The BBC explains: "Daisy May Cooper stars as a young working class single mum living with her ten year old daughter in the brutal lonely landscape of austerity Britain. Told with a dark lick of humour and an anarchic attitude, Cash Carraway skewers stereotypes of what it means to be working class and underlines the importance of love, dreams and friendships."

Cash Carraway comments: "The show is a about a brash yet intelligent working-class single mum who not only lives in extreme inner-city poverty but a state of ridicule and humiliation as she attempts to improve her life.

"She's immoral and shocking and purposefully vile, and swaggerous and quite amazing really - but obviously I would say that as it's inspired by my life!

"Luckily the role will be played by the brilliant Daisy May Cooper who I know will give her warmth and humour and a performance that says 'f-you' to the expectations of how women perceived to be at the bottom of society are expected to behave.

"It isn't a woeful tale of poverty porn, it's a love story in the detritus between a mother and her daughter. A woman who refuses to hand over her spirit regardless of how hard it's kicked in, and it's an absolute dream to write this drama for the BBC and Sid Gentle Films."

Everything I Know About Love

Dolly Alderton

Adapted by award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton from her own "wildly funny, occasionally heart-breaking" bestselling memoir of the same name, Everything I Know About Love, "gives an unflinching account of surviving your 20s."

The show is described by the BBC as follows: "Maggie and Birdy, besties since school, finally land in London to live it large, when the unexpected happens - dependable Birdy gets a steady boyfriend. A generous, funny, warm-hearted and uplifting Sex & The City for Millennials which covers bad dates and squalid flat-shares, heartaches and humiliations, and, most importantly, unbreakable female friendships."

Dolly Alderton comments: "Everything I Know About Love is a semi-fictionalised adaptation of my memoir of the same name. It's a messy, boisterous, joyful, romantic comedy about two best female friends from childhood and what happens when they move in to their first London house share and the first phase of adulthood. I cannot stress enough how thrilled I am that it is being made by Working Title and the BBC."

Chewing Gum. Tracey Gordon (Michaela Coel). Copyright: Retort

The BBC also revealed today it was working with Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel again, after their "remarkable collaboration" on I May Destroy You. Further details of her next project will be revealed in due course.

Plus, Stefan Golaszewski - the creator of BBC Two comedy Mum - will write his first drama for the BBC. Marriage will be a four-part series "about a couple who need each other."

He says: "Marriage is a show about a couple but there's more to it than that obviously! It's great to be working with the BBC again. They've been amazing during the development of the idea and encouraged me to write what I want to write. It feels like a real privilege."

Other drama projects announced by the BBC today include Champion by Candice Carty-Williams, about a man coming home from prison; The Gallows Pole, based on the industrial revolution novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, and adapted by Shane Meadows; and Wahala, a project based on Nikki May's soon to be published debut novel about three thirty-something Anglo-Nigerian female friends living in London.

The BBC's head of drama, Piers Wenger, says: "I am incredibly proud of drama on the BBC and how its popularity, range and ambition is being recognised by viewers and critics alike. Seeing Small Axe, I May Destroy You and Normal People receive a record number of Bafta nominations and Line Of Duty becoming the biggest drama of the 21st Century is staggering and humbling."

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