Miriam Margolyes is set to star in Bucket, a new comedy series that will air on BBC Four. The show - described by the Beeb as ‘bittersweet’ - will focus on a free spirit mother and her more reserved daughter, who embark on a particularly eventful road trip.
The series has been written by Frog Stone, who also stars. She plays Fran - a history teacher who's a little uptight, and stuck in a bit of a rut. Margolyes plays Mim - her eccentric mother who refuses to let age hold her back from enjoying herself.
The two have something of a strained relationship, but that starts to change when Mim tells Fran that she's dying. She says she wants to go on a road trip to tick items off her bucket list, and despite Fran finding some of those activities insane, comes along for the ride. Over the course of the journey, amid disaster and shenanigans, both will learn to accept each other's foibles and become better people as a result.
It sounds rather lovely, truth be told. And Margolyes is a hugely entertaining actor, so we're hopeful for this one. So's the BBC - Shane Allen, the controller of comedy commissioning, said: "Miriam Margolyes gives her comedy masterclass in growing old disgracefully. This is a raucous, ribald and irreverent charting of the mother-daughter dynamic, laced with tenderness and truth throughout.
"It turns every stock cliché of the sitcom mum on its head and tells it like it really is. Miriam is a force of nature whose eccentric essence buzzes on screen and Frog brings it all to life with a brutal honesty. It's a quintessential BBC Four comedy that is at times hilarious and by turns very moving."