A large cast of famous faces has been confirmed to star in Matt Berry’s upcoming Channel 4 comedy series Toast of London. Alongside Doon Mackichan, Robert Bathurst, and Harry Peacock , the series will see appearances from Michael Ball, Amanda Donohoe, Carol Cleveland, Tim Downie, Emma Fryer, Terence Harvey, Rufus Jones, Indira Joshi, Shazad Latif, Lisa Jackson, Terence Harvey, Alan Ford, Geoff McGivern, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Chetna Pandya, Stanley Townsend, and Morgana Robinson.
The new 6 x30 comedy sees Berry play the eccentric Steven Toast – a middle aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage rather than performing on it. Doon Mackichan stars as Toast’s agent. The original pilot episode was first broadcast in August 2012 as part of Channel 4′s Funny Fortnight a season of comedy which marked the channel’s 30th birthday. Co-written by Arthur Mathews (co-creator of Channel 4′s iconic, Father Ted) and Matt Berry, it garnered rave reviews with Heat Magazine saying it was the “flat out funniest half hour of TV.” It also featured in Radio Times’ Top 40 shows of 2012.
Matt Berry said: “It’s fantastic to have been given the opportunity to develop my pilot into a full blown series and I’ve loved every minute of it! The pilot planted the seeds but now I’ve been able to develop the characters as well as situations that Steven finds himself in – from when he wakes up on a morning to when he goes to the theatre each night to partake in his massively controversial stage play. I really hope Toast of London satisfies and delivers”
Ben Farrell, Executive Producer at Objective Productions commented: “We’re delighted and excited to be working with Matt, Arthur and C4 on more adventures with Steven Toast. Matt, Arthur, producer Kate Daughton and director Michael Cumming have done a fantastic job at bring the weird and wonderful world of Toast to life in six all new episodes.”
C4 Comedy Commissioning Editor, Rachel Springett, said: “We are thrilled to be making the series of Toast of London with the exceptionally talented Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry. After appearing in ‘The IT Crowd’ and ‘Garth Meringue’s Dark Place’, Matt Berry is ready for his own show; and combined with the comic brilliance of Arthur Mathews , it makes for an exciting and tantalising project, the perfect fit for comedy on Channel 4.”
The series, made by Objective Productions (Fresh Meat, Peep Show, The Cube, Derren Brown) and commissioned by C4 Comedy Commissioning Editor, Rachel Springett finished filming this Summer. Executive Producer for Objective is Ben Farrell (part of the All3 Media Group) and Rachel Springett for Channel 4. Producer is Kate Daughton and Director is Michael Cumming.
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