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Catherine Tate is to present a BBC Radio 2 documentary exploring the legacy of Joan Littlewood, which will mark the centenary of the director’s birth.
The 60-minute programme is called The Mother of Modern Theatre and is being penned by Elliot Davis, who co-wrote the musical Loserville. It will feature contributions from Ronnie Corbett and Theatre Royal Stratford East artistic director Kerry Michael.
In 1953, Littlewood, who died in 2002, brought her Theatre Workshop company to the TRSE.
Davis, who is producing the documentary through Wise Buddah production company, said the programme “reveals [Littlewood’s] struggle against the establishment, her love of words and her fight to create theatre for real people spoken in their own voices”.
He added that it would draw from extensive research and audio archive material, including material from Littlewood herself, as well as actor Richard Harris, Littlewood’s partner Gerry Raffles, and comedy actor Victor Spinetti.
Davis’ programme also features an interview with actor Murray Melvin, who worked with Littlewood.
“It is a real honour to write Joan’s story in 2014, which is the centenary celebration of her birth,” Davis said.
The Mother of Modern Theatre broadcasts on November 10 on BBC Radio 2
TV comedienne Catherine Tate is to take to the stage later this year, playing a woman who attempted to assassinate US president Gerald Ford in 1975.
The former Doctor Who star will join Mike McShane and Andy Nyman in the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins.
First staged in 1990, the show brings together people who have tried to kill the US president, some successfully.
Jamie Lloyd will direct the production at the South London venue.
The director’s recent credits include the Martin Freeman-led staging of Shakespeare’s Richard III at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
Tate, who can currently be seen in BBC One sitcom Big School, will play Sara Jane Moore in the show from 21 November until 8 February.
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We’ve missed seeing David Walliams on our screens. He seemed to have disappeared ever since completing this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
We know he was writing his new novel and enjoying a well deserved break, but still, his humour and charm were missed a lot.
The same goes for Catherine Tate, a lovely funny lady who is very underrated and deserves to be on TV a lot more.
Thankfully, both are returning today in the new series of Big School, starting tonight at 9:30. The pair star as two very dysfunctional teachers who are in love, but never seem to make it work.