Thursday, January 19, 2012

Little Cracker becomes a series

Following the success of Kathy Burke's Little Cracker short film, which aired on Sky 1 over Christmas 2010, the actress has written her first ever TV series, which has been picked up by Sky Atlantic.

Young Kathy harboured a dream to be an actress, but circumstance and her upbringing made it an unlikely dream.

The four-part Walking and Talking tells stories inspired from her teenage years - time spent skiving from school with her best friend, talking about boys and planning for the future. Her Little Cracker told of how a chance meeting with The Clash changed her life.

17 year old Ami Metcalf (represented by Kelly Management) will reprise her role starring as the young Kathy with Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Sketch from Skins) again playing her best friend.

Kathy Burke herself will also appear in each episode as Angry Nun, alongside Sean Gallagher (Coronation Street, Linda Green, Death in Paradise) who will play Pretty Nun, and stand-up comedy legend Jerry Sadowitz as Jimmy the Jew.

Talking about the show, Kathy Burke commented: “I wanted to write a semi-autobiographical piece that was uplifting and heart-warming. Walking and Talking is my love letter to books, 70's television, music and friendship."

Lucy Lumsden, Sky's head of comedy added: “We loved Kathy's Little Cracker so much we demanded more. We are immensely proud to have this exquisite series for Sky Atlantic HD."

She's the second star who recorded an episode of Sky 1's Christmas series Little Crackers to get a series off the back of it, following Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy getting picked up by Sky 1.

The four-part Walking and Talking will be made by Tiger Aspect and directed by Tim Kirkby and will air in Summer 2012.

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