On Sky Arts tonight at 9pm, the next installment of Playhouse Presents features former Gavin & Stacey star Matthew Horne in Hey Diddly Dee – which was written by Marc Warren – in which he stars alongside Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue…
And though Kylie isn’t perhaps the obvious choice for a quirky UK-based dark comedy, while speaking to The Sun’s TV Biz, Matthew explained that as she’s a personal friend of his, she stepped in when one of the actresses previously cast for the show had to pull out of filming.
Matt explained, “An actress pulled out quite close to filming. Mark texted me saying, ‘Have you got any ideas?’
“I said, ‘Why don’t you ask Kylie?’ and he laughed. But he didn’t realise I have a sort of friendship with her.
“The production company were saying, ‘Don’t be ridiculous, she’ll never do it.’
“But I rang her — I thought maybe she would like to play a sort of sexually voracious man-eater, which she quite truly isn’t. I wish she was!
“Eventually I got a call from Marc saying, ‘Kylie’s doing it, and I’m in Wagamamas, crying’. I said, ‘Mate, you’re 46’.”
Since Gavin & Stacey, Mat has mixed roles in sitcoms such as Bad Education with stage work for which he has had rave reviews.
As mentioned, Hey Diddly Dee airs tonight at 9pm on Sky Arts, and here’s what the channel has to say of the show…
Kylie Minogue, Mathew Horne, Peter Serafinowicz and David Harewood star in Marc Warren’s dark comedy- drama, exploring egos, superstition and rivalry in the theatre
Exploring ego, superstition and rivalry in the theatre through the eyes of Johnny (Horne), a despairing stage runner and understudy with big dreams, Playhouse Presents: Hey Diddly Dee is set during last-minute rehearsals for a West End biopic of Andy Warhol.
Johnny suffers the arrogance and rudeness of star of the show Roger Kite (Serafinowicz). He insists Johnny heats up his coffee, organises his fan mail and, most importantly, keeps the theatre’s lucky black cat Diddly away from him.
Eager to impress, Johnny is at first obedient but when Roger humiliates him in front of the rest of the cast, Johnny’s resentment grows. He suffers a crisis of conscience as voices urge him to ensure Roger misses opening night. But when tragedy strikes Roger, whose fault is it? Johnny’s? Roger’s embittered ex-lover? A faulty trap door? Or the theatre’s ‘lucky’ cat?
Here’s a look at the show’s trailer…