Benidorm star Sheila Reid to play “comedy Mother Teresa” in Sky’s Psychobitches!
However, in a new Sky Arts 1 series which is entitled Psychobitches, we’re to see a whole ‘nother side of her when she portrays a “comedy Mother Teresa.”
Psychobitches will focus on parodies of famous women in history, such as Eva Braun, who’ll be played by Catherine Tate, Beatrix Potter, who’ll be portrayed by Selina Griffith, and Joan of Arc who’s set to be played by Katy Brand.
We’ll see the women discussing their problems with a psychologist who’s to be played by Rebecca Front.
Speaking to What’s On TV about her role in the new show, which will portray Mother Teresa as “a beer-drinking, chain-smoking grump”, Sheila said, “At first I was quite nervous to be portraying this woman I’ve looked up to all my life in that way…
“But then I thought, actually if she saw it, she’d shriek with laughter and love it.
“It’s not taking the mickey out of her at all, it’s more about how we perceive people to be, how many sides everybody has to their personality and that we’re all a lot more complicated than we initially appear to be.”
Sheila added, “The amazing thing is I actually met Mother Teresa once at her orphanage when I was touring in a production of Romeo & Juliet in Calcutta.
“At the end of the session I said to her: ‘I feel so humbled by this, look at what you do with your life and look at what we do with ours – I want to give you my weekly wage.’
And when asked, “What was the most challenging aspect of Psychobitches for you?” Sheila replied, “It was a very short filming schedule, but I think being wound into Mother Teresa’s sari took longer than the shoot.
“That was extremely difficult I have to say, because there was a huge amount of material.
“It was probably about two lengths of a tennis court and it had to be wound around me, which was quite difficult for the costume department.
“They had to pin it on me so I could move in it, but at the same time it had to be tight enough so it wouldn’t fall off.”
Pyschobitches is part of the Sky Arts 1 Playhouse Presents series and will air on Thursday, June 21 at 9pm.
Do you think it’s going to cause any controversy? After all, Mother Teresa is a sacred icon to many…