BBC comedy Brian Pern is over after creator Rhys Thomas killed off the ageing rock star played by Simon Day.
But Thomas has revealed that he is working on a whole new idea – a comedy drama set in a caravan park full of divorced men.
Closely modelled on the experience of Thomas’s own father, who moved into a caravan site on a temporary basis and stayed for 18 years, Thomas is developing the idea with Fifty Fathoms, the production company behind recent hits Fortitude, Marvellous and The A Word.
Thomas has been given money to develop a script and added that he has his eyes on two Brian Pern stars to play the lead roles.
“I would love to pair Christopher Eccleston and Michael Kitchen up in it because they are my favourite actors,” he tells us.
In Brian Pern, Kitchen plays the rocker’s unscrupulous agent John Farrow while Eccleston is taciturn “Madchester” rock producer Luke Dunmore who produced Pern’s awful LP Shelf Life.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.