BBC commissions Hattie Jacques drama

The BBC has commissioned a new one-off drama for BBC Four that will examine the life of Hattie Jacques. The actress will probably be best remembered for her roles in 14 Carry On films especially those in which she played the formidable Matron.


Award-winning actress and comedy writer Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles) is lined up to play larger-than-life Carry On actress Hattie Jacques in a new BBC Four drama, Hattie. Written by Stephen Russell (Garrow’s Law, Shameless) and directed by Dan Zeff (Consuming Passion, Lost In Austen), Hattie is a bittersweet true-life drama about a very English love triangle and a celebration of an extraordinary icon of UK comedy.


“Hattie Jacques is a comedy heroine of mine and I’m thrilled to have been asked to play her. She was an incredibly talented and fascinating woman both on and off screen and so much more than just the ‘funny fat lady’. I can’t wait!” – Ruth Jones


Angel Eye Media, a Glasgow-based independent production company, will produce the one-off film, which reveals Hattie’s secret affair with a younger man while married to Dad’s Army star John Le Mesurier in the early 60s; a hot-blooded romance in stark contrast to the matronly roles that made her famous.  The drama’s producers are Richard Osborne and Seb Barwell along with Executive Producer John O’Callaghan for Angel Eye Media.


“It’s a pleasure for Angel Eye to work on this project. Hattie was a great comedy star of her generation and it’s a joy to bring this warm and generous character to life in Stephen Russell’s superb script” –  Richard Osborne, Hattie producer and Managing Director, Angel Eye Media.


Hattie was commissioned by Cheryl Taylor, BBC Controller of Comedy Commissioning. Executive Producers are Jemma Rodgers, Executive Editor, Comedy, BBC Scotland and Anne Mensah, BBC Head of Independent Drama & Drama Scotland.


“The drama has a wonderfully warm heart and takes us behind the scenes of the public face of Hattie Jacques to reveal her unconventional but very modern relationships,” – Jemma Rodgers, Executive Producer.


Hattie will begin filming in Glasgow at the end of May and will broadcast on BBC Four later this year.