The Sun today reports that My Family actor Robert Lindsay has landed a new role in a comedy series based on spy service MI5. Here’s the paper’s article in full…
MY Family star Robert Lindsay has landed a plum role in a new comedy – playing the head of MI5. SPY stars Smack The Pony’s Darren Boyd as hapless single dad Tim, who has been recruited to work for the secret service.
Tim is struggling to hide his job from son Marcus, played by Jude Wright. Lindsay, whose BBC One sitcom was recently axed, plays Tim’s “irrepressible” MI5 boss.
Adding to the chaos in Tim’s life will be his acidic ex-wife Judith (Dolly Wells), her enthusiastic new boyfriend Philip (Tom Goodman-Hill) and his anti-social friend Chris (Mathew Baynton).
Romance could also be on the cards for Tim in the form of fellow spy Caitlin (Rebekah Staton) – while the family also has to contend with psychopathic and obsessive social worker Paula (Rosie Cavaliero).
Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden said: “In SPY we have an exciting young cast and a brilliant new writer in Simeon Goulden. “It is the first of several new British comedies aimed at a family audience.”
Executive producer Jimmy Mulville added: “The writing, the characters and the situations in SPY mark it as one of the funniest and strangest takes on the family comedy.
“Dysfunctional doesn’t begin to do it justice!”
SPY will be screened on Sky 1 this autumn. The 11th and last series of My Family will be shown on BBC One later this year.