Sherlock producers to make new BBC1 comedy series

Me & Mrs Jones will star Sarah Alexander as a woman with an increasingly complex life

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Hartswood Films, the production company behind acclaimed BBC detective drama Sherlock, has been commissioned to make a new comedy series for BBC1.

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Me & Mrs Jones will star Sarah Alexander, Neil Morrissey, Nathaniel Parker and Robert Sheehan, and filming on the series is scheduled to begin in May.

The show will follow the increasingly complex life of Mrs Jones (Alexander) as she attempts to balance love, affection, sex and motherhood between her ex-husband, her toyboy male admirers, a grown-up son and two young daughters.

Cheryl Taylor, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, said: “If there has been any anxiety recently about the number of funny women working in comedy here, we have the perfect antidote with the wonderful Sarah Alexander starring in a highly entertaining series. Perfick.”

Executive producer Beryl Vertue said: “Producing comedy for the BBC is something we have done with great pride for many years and I am delighted we are back on BBC1 with a new series. Hartswood Films has long been a creative hub for comedy, and it is a genuine pleasure to be working with the talented team behind Me & Mrs Jones.”

Doctor Who director Nick Hurran will helm the project, which is being made by Hartswood in conjunction with Serena Cullen Productions.

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In addition to Sherlock, Hartswood’s credits include Coupling, Jekyll and Men Behaving Badly.