Thursday, May 5, 2016

New E4 comedy drama Foreign Bodies

21 year old newcomer Anders Hayward and Screenterrier Face to Watch Ade Oyefeso star in Foreign Bodies, a new eight-part comedic drama for E4, being co-produced with American channel TNT.

Foreign Bodies is the story of a motley crew of travellers embarking on a three-month tourist trip across China, Thailand and Vietnam, and features a trans-atlantic cast.

Dancer and model Anders Hayward (represented by Troika) makes his TV debut as the delusional romantic Dylan, who thinks every woman he meets is a potential life partner.

23 year old Ade Oyefeso (represented by Troika) plays Sean, a friendly, easy-going guy hoping for a bit of escapism. Ade, was one of BAFTA's Breakthrough Brits in 2013 after making his TV debut in Youngers and went on to star in Our Girl and Unforgotten.

They are joined by emerging Canadian star Brittney Wilson, who plays blunt and headstrong Ashley, a young American student who is academically intelligent but emotionally unintelligent.

And American singer-songwriter and actress Alice Lee stars as May, a highly strung worrier who tends to overthink every situation.

British actor, writer, performance poet and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key makes up the travelling group, as Greg, a 38-year-old in denial about his marriage, his business and life in general. His upbeat energy hides a multitude of problems…

All the members of the gang have personal quests that have brought them halfway round the world. May wants to meet her extended family in China and reconnect with her roots, Ashley is hell-bent on cramming in a lifetime of exotic experiences before she starts her high-flying career back home, Dylan wants to track down and win back his ex-girlfriend, Sean wants to shed his innocence, and Greg, a divorcee who doesn't want to travel alone, hopes to roll back the years and relive the wild hedonism of his youth. In the end, they may or may not get what they hoped for, but they'll all come away with something better: The realisation that no matter how far you go, no matter how hard you try, you can't take a holiday from yourself.

The new eight-part drama was created by actor-writer Tom Basden, with episodes by Basden, James Wood, Amy Roberts, Loren McLaughlin, Charlie Covell, Tim Key and Jonny Sweet.

Foreign Bodies is produced by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson's BAFTA-nominated production company Eleven and global studio eOne. Award-winning director Jonathan van Tulleken (Top Boy, Off Season, Misfits) will direct the first block of episodes.

Piers Wenger, head of drama for Channel 4, said "Tom Basden and the team of outstanding British writers have created a show that perfectly captures the hilarity of a gap year going wrong when five would-be travelers embark on an epic quest to find paradise…and themselves."

Foreign Bodies is scheduled to premiere on E4 in early 2017, followed later in the year by its U.S. debut on TNT.

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