Former Dynasty star Stephanie Beacham is ditching her glamorous appearance in favour of grey hair for a new British sitcom about pensioners. Beacham, 66, who played sultry Sable Colby in the popular U.S. soap opera, will join British comedian Russ Abbot and actress Alison Steadman in new BBC comedy Grey Matters, which is set in Norfolk, England.
The show, which follows a group of old age pensioners (OAP) living in the countryside, began filming on Tuesday (24Sep13).
In a post on Twitter.com, Jimmy Mulville, of production company Hat Trick, writes, "Shooting a very funny pilot for BBC1 with a great cast including the peerless Russ Abbot, Alison Steadman and Stephanie Beacham."
Thomas Haden Church and Claire Forlani have exited Showtime's upcoming comedy Episodes.
The show, which is in preproduction, reportedly replaced Forlani with UK actress Tamsin Greig after the table read. Church, who is said to have had scheduling conflicts with an independent film he is working on, has yet to be replaced.
The show stars Matt LeBlanc playing a parody of himself. When a successful British husband-and-wife comedy team heads to Hollywood to adapt their show for the US, they find that network execs have Americanized it to the point of replacing the lead Brit actor with LeBlanc. The pair (Stephen Mangan and Grieg in for Forlani) find the show and their marriage begin to unravel.
Church was to have played a larger-than-life network exec. No official reason was given for Forlani's departure. Co-starring on the series are Kathleen Rose Perkins and Mircea Monroe.
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik created the series which is a co-production between Showtime and the BBC. They will exec produce with Jimmy Mulville through his Hat Trick shingle.
Showtime has ordered seven episodes. There is no premiere date yet set.