Sky Arts orders new comedies starring Catherine Tate, Rebecca Front and Harry Shearer

Psychobitches and a full series of Nixon's the One will add to the channel's comedy portfolio

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Sky Arts has commissioned two brand new comedies featuring big-name talent.

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Catherine Tate, Rebecca Front, Sharon Horgan and Katy Brand are to star in Psychobitches, a one-off programme that will air as part of Playhouse Presents.

The channel has also ordered a series of Nixon’s the One, a comedy-drama about Richard Nixon’s presidency of the United States devised by Simpsons voice artist Harry Shearer.

Psychobitches will star Rebecca Front as a psychotherapist charged with analysing some of history’s most famous women and shining a spotlight on their neuroses and obsessions. 

Catherine Tate will play both Eva Braun and Editch Piaf in the show, Sharon Horgan is to portray Jane Austen and Katy Brand has been cast as Joan of Arc and George Eliot.

Joining them on the couch are Sheila Reid as Mother Theresa, Sam Spiro as Mary Whitehouse, Selina Griffiths as Beatrix Potter and Andy Nyman as Sarah, the wife of Abraham.

Ben Cavey, Executive Producer at production company Tiger Aspect said: “Psychobitches has to be one of the most exciting ensembles of female comedic talent and Andy Nyman. The team of writers have created a brilliantly unique and original way of interpreting the sketch genre.”

Nixon’s the One, which is based on verbatim transcripts of tapes made of Nixon during his time in office, debuted on Sky Arts on Thursday 26 April as part of Playhouse Presents and will return for a five episode run in the New Year.

“I’m thrilled that Sky Arts have seen the obvious tragi-comic gold in the verbal meanderings of Richard Millhouse Nixon,” said Jimmy Mulville, Executive Producer at Hat Trick, the company behind Nixon’s the One. 

“Every word in the show is taken verbatim from his tapes. It will make you laugh out loud as your blood runs cold. Did this man once run the world? Really? Watch and be amazed. You couldn’t write it….”

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Psychobitches will be broadcast as part of Playhouse Presents on Thursday 21 June.